Practical Tips: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases with Complex Social Services Needs

05/18/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Attorneys representing these child refugees may file one or more immigration petitions to prevent the child from being returned back to a situation where their well-being and even their lives may be at risk. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is one such immigration petition that , if successful, can allow the child to remain in the United States. This expert panel will provide practical tips that attorneys can employ to ensure that their child client’s rights and well-being, including the child’s immigration options, are protected and preserved in these scenarios....
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Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows

05/08/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the MA Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, enables senior lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofits, legal services organizations, and the courts to provide critical legal assistance to underserved populations. We will discuss how the Program started and hear from former and current Fellows along with a representative from a partner organization about their experiences with the Program....
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Perilous Journey: Working with Unaccompanied Minors in Search of a Safe Haven

02/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This brown bag will orient the audience to the humanitarian crisis at the border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, fleeing violence in their home countries, have entered the U.S. for safety....
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Representing Debtors in Debt Collection Suits: Making Creditors Prove Ownership of Debts

01/15/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Consumer debt collection cases are surprisingly complex. Cases commonly require analysis of federal lending and debt collection statutes and regulations, Massachusetts complimentary law, as well as common law contract principles. The key to these cases is usually found in the discovery process....
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Special Education Advocacy for At-Risk Children and Youth

12/08/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Join the EdLaw Project for a training on the basics of special education advocacy and take a pro bono case. Success in school leads to success in life, yet most low-income families are unable to access legal representation when it comes to helping their children with disabilities receive the support the need from school. After completing the training, you can join a pro bono panel of attorneys providing education advocacy to low-income children in matters of special education. As a member of our pro bono panel, you can help families and make a real difference in their children’s trajectory in school and in life....
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Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys

10/29/2014
Join an expert panel who will walk you through two human trafficking case studies, highlighting common challenges and identifying helpful resources to keep in mind when representing clients. This program is a follow up to an introductory panel on the topic of human trafficking hosted by the BBA in June 2013, and will offer members of the bar an overview of important issues and concerns to consider when representing survivors of human trafficking. ...
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CORI Training

10/09/2014
The BBA is collaborating with Greater Boston Legal Services to train attorneys to help clients from Roxbury, Dorchester and other low-income Boston communities to seal their records and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. The SJC recently changed the legal standard to seal cases in court and the project seeks volunteers to: represent a pro bono client or provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) in a criminal record sealing case in the Boston Municipal Court; and/or staff the CORI help table and/or assist Greater Boston Legal Services staff with cases on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Roxbury Court. ...
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Guardians-ad-Litem in the Housing Court: Train to Become a GAL

09/29/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Have you considered signing up to become a Guardian ad litem (GAL) or do you represent clients who may need to have a GAL appointed? Don’t miss this training. As a certified GAL for the Housing Court, you would be appointed by the judges to assist clients who have cognitive or mental health issues that make it difficult for them to navigate the court system. Please note, that in order to be a GAL you must be trained and certified. ...
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U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas Visits 16 Beacon Street

09/23/2014 - 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012. However, the Pentagon also reports that as few as 13.5% of sexual assaults are reported. Please join us for a program featuring Representative Niki Tsongas, who has been fighting against military sexual assault since she was elected to Congress in 2007. A reception will follow. The program is the first of a two part series to raise awareness of this critical issue....
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Background Checks: The Impact of Criminal Cases and DCF Records on Job Applicants

06/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Obtaining employment can often be a difficult and distressing process. This process has become more concerning for job applicants, as employers increasingly rely on records from commercial background check companies and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) to evaluate candidates. A disposition in a criminal case or an investigation by DCF - even those with favorable outcomes- may become a barrier to employment for many individuals. It is increasingly important for attorneys representing clients, particularly indigent clients, in criminal cases or care and protection cases to understand the impact cases may have on clients' employment prospects. This program will discuss how records may be available to employers to evaluate job applicants, and what advice attorneys can provide to clients about the impact of criminal or C&P cases on future job applications....
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Lawyers as Problem-Solvers

05/27/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Lawyers are called "counselor" and "advocate" for a reason. This round-table discussion will introduce you to lighter-touch problem-solving strategies our experienced panelists have deployed to get positive results for their clients and other stakeholders. Join this discussion and expand your practice's toolkit with attorneys from diverse legal backgrounds....
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