Virtual CLE: Introduction to Consumer Bankruptcy Law

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Training Information:

This program is designed for attorneys who are new to low-asset, low-income Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Our experienced panel will provide an overview of the steps in a consumer bankruptcy, discuss general principles, and review the petition and form preparation.

Please register for the CLE by noon on Monday, December 13th (see the register button below), so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting.

2 CLE credits available. Appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Presented by:

Sheldon Barasch, Esq., Co-Supervising Attorney, DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services

Bruce Weiner, Esq., Partner at Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP

Click here to register!

OATH’s Pro Bono Attorney Program Overview Webinar

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Join us on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM to learn about pro bono opportunities for lawyers, new law school graduates, and law students!

The VLP is excited to participate in an upcoming webinar hosted by the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (“OATH”) in partnership with Mobilization for Justice and New York Legal Assistance Group to discuss pro bono opportunities assisting NYC residents who receive summonses from the NYC Department of Building or the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Training and pro bono assignments will be arranged for those wanting to engage in representation at OATH hearings. This program will build advocacy and litigation skills for those involved.

Register to attend here.

Fireside Chat on Ballot Proposal 5: Increasing Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court

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We are excited to announce VLP Director of Legal Services, Sidney Cherubin, will be joining Meeta Anand from The New York Immigration Coalition on Monday, October 25 at 6:00pm on IGTV for a Fireside Chat breaking down Ballot Proposal 5: Increasing Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court.

This event is included in the WCC and DemocracyNYC series of Instagram Lives focused on understanding the ballot proposals for NYC’s upcoming General Election. Hear from experts on the impacts, benefits, and challenges of each proposal so you feel prepared and informed going into the polls on November 2nd. Can’t join live? Each live will be posted to the @civicmatters IGTV. Take a look and share widely!

Virtual CLE: The Basics of Foreclosure and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

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Training Information:

This CLE provides a basic overview of the New York State Foreclosure Process and how COVID-19 is affecting homeowners.

Please register for the CLE by noon on Wednesday, November 3rd (see the register button below), so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting. 1.5 CLE credits available. Appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Presented by:

Edward Mostoller, Esq., Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Peter White, Esq., Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Daniele Wilson, Esq., Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

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Virtual Chat and Chew with VLP Staff – Postponed

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Unfortunately, due to a conflict we will need to postpone our upcoming Chat & Chew. Stay tuned for new day and time!

Amid the fall-out of the pandemic, so much is changing quickly for both legal professionals and the clients we serve. The VLP would like to take this opportunity to catch up and connect with our volunteer community and supporters.

The format is designed to be open and engaging for all who attend. VLP staff and volunteers will have opportunities to participate in conversations focused on recent COVID-19 updates and check in on one another both personally and professionally. We will also share what the VLP has been up to now that we are slowly transitioning to in-person work and leave ample time for questions about your current VLP matters, as well as discuss client representation needs and emerging trends.

Virtual Housing Legal Clinic

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Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a free housing legal clinic!

The VLP is thrilled to participate in another event hosted by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”) and in partnership with The Legal Aid Society, We Network LLC, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Pi Iota Omega Chapter to provide virtual legal consultations for tenants and homeowners facing eviction and foreclosure in New York City. Volunteer lawyers will be present to assist tenants and homeowners file hardship declarations, emergency rental applications, and referrals to the Office of Civil Justice under the Right to Counsel law.

Tenants and homeowners seeking assistance may register before or during the clinic up until 4:00 PM. Attorneys must register by Wednesday, October 20th to attend and receive CLE credit.

To learn more about the event and register to attend, click here.

Virtual CLE: The Basics of CLARO, COVID-19 Protections and Updates and Helping our CLARO Clients Remotely

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Training Information:

This webinar offers training on consumer debt defense amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We will give an overview of the work that our staff attorneys and volunteers typically do in our CLARO program. We will also discuss the COVID-19 related consumer protections afforded under Federal and State law, including those affecting credit scores, student loans and renters. Since the pandemic struck, our New York courts that hear consumer cases have been upended — we will review the current state of the courts, the progress that has been made and what lies ahead in these uncertain times. Finally, we will talk about how we have continued to serve our CLARO clients remotely and our plans to continue and expand this service through the CLARO Remote Pilot Project.

Please register for the CLE by noon on Wednesday, October 27th (see the register button below), so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting.3 CLE credits available. Appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Presented by:

Sidney Cherubin, Esq., Director of Legal Services, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Jennifer Cook, Esq., Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Click here to register!

Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2021

Pro Bono Week takes place every year in October and celebrates the pro bono ethic of the thousands of professionals who volunteer their skills and professional expertise to support nonprofits all around the world. Engaging in the conversation and celebration is easy and fun! Visit the VLP Pro Bono Week event page to learn more.

Free Legal Clinic

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Join us on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM for a free legal clinic!

The VLP is thrilled to participate in this event hosted by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”) and Antioch Development Corp. to provide virtual and in-person one-on-one legal consultations on estate planning, elder law, criminal, landlord/tenant (residential and commercial), family/matrimonial, business, consumer, and other civil matters.

In order to attend, you must register prior to the event here: bit.ly/mbbalegalclinic

After registration, an email will be sent confirming your appointment. Zoom links will be sent out within 24 hours of the clinic. All appointments will be 30 minutes in duration. Translations will be available upon request.

In-Person Location: Wayside Baptist Church, 1746 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY11207

*Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Masks required.