Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2013

  • Public Benefits

Why you should attend:
Attend PLI's New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp program and learn how to protect the rights of public assistance and food stamp applicants and recipients to these basic subsistence benefits. Many applicants have difficulty navigating the confusing and bureaucratic process to establish and maintain eligibility for public assistance and food stamps. Without legal assistance and advocacy, large numbers of clients go without the benefits to which they are entitled, resulting to increased hunger and homelessness.

What you will learn:
Public Assistance (Welfare)
•Basic eligibility rules
•The application process
•The welfare work rules

Food Stamps
•Basic eligibility rules
•The application process

Due process in the public benefits context - Fair Hearings
•Written notice in Public Assistance and SNAP cases
•Fair hearing basics
•Digital due process - the impact of new technologies on the right to fundamental fairness

Article 78s
•The use of Article 78 proceedings to appeal fair hearing decisions and in cases of emergency
•Obtaining attorney's fees in benefits-related Article 78 proceedings

Who should attend:
All attorneys who work with low income clients will benefit from learning the basics of New York public assistance and food stamp law and policy. This course will provide an overview of the eligibility rules, the stages of the application and appeals processes, and the tools you need to assist clients with legal issues arising under these programs.

Cost: $0.00 *

*There is no cost associated with this program. You can register by visiting our website at

PLI's live programs are approved in all states that require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. Please visit our website for additional State CLE information.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE-NY Credits Credit Status: Approved Transitional: Yes Total Credits: 7.00 Skills: 1.50 Professional Practice: 5.50 CLE-NJ Credits Credit Status: Approved Total Credits: 7.20 General: 7.20
  • Contact:
    Leonard McKenzie
    Practising Law Institute
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