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California Public Benefits: The Basics for Non-Profit and Pro Bono Advocacy 2013 (Free)

Tuesday, April 02

  • By: Practising Law Institute
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    PLI San Francisco Conference Center & Via Live Webcast
    685 Market Street, Suite 100
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute
    (800) 260-4PLI
  • Website:
  • Source: California > SoCal Pro Bono Center

Why you should attend

Low-income clients need your help to protect their rights to potentially life-saving benefits. Many low-income clients have difficulty navigating the confusing and bureaucratic process to establish and maintain eligibility for public benefits. Without legal assistance and advocacy large numbers of clients go without the benefits to which they are entitled, which can often lead to unnecessary hunger and homelessness. All attorneys who work with low income people should learn the basics of public benefits law and this course will teach the tools you need to assist clients with their public benefits legal issues.

What you will learn

Overview of CalWORKs, CalFresh, General Assistance, Foster Care and other youth benefits
Overview of Medi-Cal and other health benefits, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act
Overview of Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and CAPI
Understanding of common issues that result in Administrative hearings
Understanding of strategies and procedures for filing writs
Who should attend

Attorneys assisting pro bono clients with benefits matters through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff, benefits advocates, and benefits agency attorneys and staff.

Thanks to PBN Sponsors:

  • ALM
Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

Volunteer Profile

Neil Steinkamp

Rebecca Berlow, a corporate attorney, has worked as a volunteer with The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Unit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") clinics and has assisted the Society with disaster relief efforts, greatly improving their Access to Benefits hotline by developing a new intake system. Learn more

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