Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2020 (Webcast)

  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)
  • Pro Bono

The Practising Law Institute is offering a live webcast entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2020 on September 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM -3:30 PM Eastern.

Registration Fee: $129

Complimentary Access to PLI

PLI provides complimentary access to legal professionals and organizations working in the public interest or pro bono, assisting those who need representation and assistance the most.  PLI is committed to developing timely and relevant programs to help attorneys bridge the justice gap, and is proud to partner with the pro bono community to work towards the goal of equal justice for all.

All eligible attendees are urged to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application.

Why You Should Attend

On the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic (and related financial crisis), the need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher.  Unemployment insurance, public benefits, and housing subsidies are the lifelines that are allowing millions to put food on the table, keep a roof over their families, and survive the greatest economic depression since the Great Depression.
Clients who have been denied or are at risk of losing unemployment insurance, public benefits, and/or housing subsidies are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process.

On the unemployment insurance front, applications have skyrocketed and reached an all-time high, and the new, federal pandemic-related insurance provisions have complicated an already complex landscape.  The interaction of income replacement and public benefits has led to new rules, compounding the confusion around recent, significant changes to key public benefits programs, including Social Security, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services. Further, Housing Authorities frequently seek to deny and revoke housing subsidies for a number of reasons, including providing misinformation, failure to report changes in income, failure to pay rent or utilities, etc.

Meanwhile, legal aid services who have suffered funding problems and staffing cuts in recent years are facing reduced capacity and are unable to meet the unprecedented demand to represent clients in these cases.  Unfortunately, there are many individuals who have been unlawfully deprived of critical benefits: through denials of unemployment insurance, discontinuances from public benefits, revocations of a housing subsidy.  This vulnerable population cannot navigate the administrative hearing process on their own.  As a result, low-income families find themselves on the brink of economic instability, hunger, and homelessness.

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.

What You Will Learn
  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving:
    • State public benefits, including CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal;
    • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
    • Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8");
    • Unemployment and state disability insurance claims and overpayments;
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence: informal and formal discovery;
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs;
    • Presenting your case at hearing;and
    • Alternatives: Informal resolution.
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics
Who Should Attend

All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with administrative matters through representation or in clinical settings; law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners; legal clinic faculty and law students; and public interest and nonprofit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    PA CLE Credits: Three (3.0) Substantive

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board. On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements though approved distance learning activities. More information on distance learning CLE credit.

  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute