National Pro Bono Celebration October 23 – 30, 2011

National Pro Bono CelebrationBuilding on the success of the annual National Pro Bono Celebrations in 2009 and 2010 , the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring the Celebration again this year October 23 through 29, 2011. The Celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country’s most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation thanks its pro bono partners (Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Services, Williams Mullen, Virginia Poverty Law Center, CVLAS, Senior Connections, Dominion Resources, McGuireWoods and the Red Cross) for the development of a full week of trainings, programs and discussions.  Help us celebrate Pro Bono Service by attending one or more of these events:

Monday, October 24, 2011

9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Project 2025 “Elder Law Seminar on Guardianship” at Williams Mullen, 200 South 10th Street, Richmond, VA.  This free CLE will provide tools to enhance legal assistance services for Older Virginians and includes the following topics:  “Roles of Attorney in Establishing Guardianship/Conservatorship,” “Alternatives to Establishing a Guardianship/Conservatorship,” and “Ethics in Guardianship/ Conservatorship Practice.” The seminar has been approved for 4.0 CLE/GAL credits including 1.0 Ethics credit.  (Note:  “Law Over Lunch” additional free ethics CLE option is available during lunch break via teleconference.) To register contact Carol Deitrick at 780-2600.

Monday, October 24, 2011

12:00 – 1:15 pm – “Law Over Lunch: Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono Representation” presented by Leslie A.T. Haley and G. Andrew Nea, Jr. at UR Downtown, 676 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  This free CLE has been approved for 1.0 hour of Ethics credit.  To register contact Tara Casey at 955-4010.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm – “Wills for Seniors” volunteer opportunity at Senior Connections, 24 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA.  Clients have been pre-screened.  Simple forms and computers are available for the volunteers.  Contact Andy Nea at 783-6403 for additional information or to volunteer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

9:00 am – 12:30 pm – The Virginia Capital Region of the American Red Cross presents “Humanity in the Midst of War: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law.”  Reginald Gordon, CEO of the American Red Cross Capital Region will give the morning presentation for 3.5 CLE credits from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Cost to attend is $60 (includes a boxed lunch).  Participants are encouraged to stay for the free afternoon session from 1:30 – 4:30 pm which includes three guest lecturers. For more information or to register contact  Julia Bizer at 780-2250.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

6:00 – 7:30 pm – The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, Dominion Resources, Inc. and McGuireWoods will host a Pro Bono Clearinghouse Reception at Dominion Resources, 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA.  Executive directors and board members of local nonprofits are invited to attend along with attorneys who volunteer or are interested in volunteering through the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program.  For additional information or reservations contact Carol Deitrick at 780-2600.

Friday, October 28, 2011

3:00 – 5:00 pm – Unemployment Insurance Program Volunteer Training at UR Downtown, 626 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Training will be conducted by Marty Wegbreit and Pat Levy-Lavelle from CVLAS. (2.0 CLE Free)  Volunteers will handle intake and administrative appeals three to four times per year partnered with an LJAC supervising attorney, with optional assistance from a law student associate.  For additional information contact Ali Fannon at 240-7822.

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