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All programs will be submitted for MCLE credit. There is no registration fee for the webinars; however, registrants are asked to certify during registration that they will accept a pro bono referral from a pro bono legal services organization or, in the alternative, make a financial contribution to a pro bono legal services organization. Additional webinar registration links coming soon.

Representing Victims of Domestic Violence: Part 2 - The Nuts and Bolts of Protective Orders on Oct 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

This free webinar is the second session in the five part series for lawyers providing pro bono assistance to survivors of domestic violence. Part 2 will focus on the process for obtaining a protective order in Virginia and will cover the following topics:

1. Seeking a Protective Order (Process and Types of Protective orders)

2. The Role of the Pro Bono Lawyer

3. The Dynamics of Representing a Domestic Violence Survivor

4. What the Protective Order Does and Does Not Do

5. Special Issues

6. Modifying Protective Orders

7. Enforcing Protective Orders

This webinar is being submitted for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. As a condition of registration approval, attendees are asked to certify during registration that they will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to a survivor of domestic violence in a J&DR or General District court proceeding (or make a financial contribution to a pro bono legal service provider assisting domestic violence victims). Future webinars in this series will focus on custody, visitation and support issues in DV cases; and the immigration implications of VAWA-360 and U-Visas.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, Good Samaritan Advocates, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
 

Representing Victims of Domestic Violence: Part 3 - Custody, Support and Visitation on Oct 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

Protective orders often do more than limit contact between the abuser and the victim. Because domestic violence does not occur in a vacuum, there are often issues involving the parties' children and finances that must also be addressed on a temporary basis. In addition to ordering that the abuser not abuse and limit contact with the victim, the protective order can address matters of temporary child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, residence, and access to personal property. This webinar will focus on best practices and innovative strategies concerning these issues for pro bono attorneys assisting their indigent and low-income clients to obtain protective orders as well as relief after the protective order has been issued.

This webinar is being submitted for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. As a condition of registration approval, attendees are asked to certify during registration that they will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to a survivor of domestic violence in a J&DR or General District court proceeding (or make a financial contribution to a pro bono legal service provider assisting domestic violence victims). Future webinars in this series will focus on the immigration implications of VAWA-360 and U-Visas in domestic violence cases.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, Good Samaritan Advocates, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
 

Before You Say "Yes" to Serving on a Board, Know What is Expected: Part 2 - Ethical issues for Attorney-Directors and Pro Bono Lawyers. Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For attorneys, working with a nonprofit organization can be a rewarding way to serve the community and meet pro bono obligations. Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct sets forth a commitment of 2% of the lawyer’s professional time. Many nonprofits are eager to work with lawyers, either as Board members, counsel to the nonprofit, cooperating referral attorneys, or all of the above. While many ethical issues that arise in the context of nonprofits mirror those that arise in a lawyer’s practice outside the nonprofit context, there are some issues that are unique to nonprofits. Also, many in the bar provide pro bono services through volunteering at Legal Aid or directly through their firm. This webinar will focus on the ethical expectations of attorneys providing pro bono services in either capacity. 

Attorneys seeking CLE credit for their attendance are asked to certify during registration that they will render pro bono publico legal services (such as poverty law, civil rights law, public interest law, and volunteer activities designed to increase the availability of pro bono legal services) per Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct in an amount at least commensurate with the MCLE credit earned. 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit pending for this program.

The Pro Bono and Board Governance webinar series is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Bar, the Pro Bono Clearinghouse of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and Sands Anderson PC. 

Before You Say "Yes" to Serving on a Board, Know What is Expected: Part 3 - Nine Key Components. Wednesday, November 19, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Nonprofits operate in a highly regulated and very transparent environment. In deciding to serve, it is more than just doing good and/or giving financial support– a board member has an unique stewardship role in the organization. This webinar will introduce the participants to the top 10 good governance practices that are hallmarks of successful nonprofits boards: (1) Board recruitment and orientation; (2) the significance of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; (3) committee structure and board oversight; (4) delegation and accountability of the Officers and CEO; (5) liability and indemnification; (6) the importance of the Form 990; (7) oversight of revenue activities and fundraising; (8) protection of assets; (9) annual registrations and reports.

This program is open to attorneys and non-attorneys. Attorneys seeking CLE credit for their attendance are asked to certify during registration that they will render pro bono publico legal services (such as poverty law, civil rights law, public interest law, and volunteer activities designed to increase the availability of pro bono legal services) per Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct in an amount at least commensurate with the MCLE credit earned. 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit pending for this program.

The Pro Bono and Board Governance webinar series is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Bar, the Pro Bono Clearinghouse of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and Sands Anderson PC.  

 

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Updated: Oct 10, 2014