NYC Pro Bono Center is proud to host resources and video recordings from The Legal Aid Society's 2011-2012 CLE Pro Bono Training Program. Listed below are links to each of the trainings. Please click the event title of any training that has not yet taken place for more information about the training. Check back often for updates to training materials as well as scheduling information for additional new trainings.

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Criminal Law Litigation

Prisoners' Rights Administrative Hearings & Appeals Housing Law Fair Hearings


Community Economic Development

Trusts and Estates

Low-Income Taxpayers


November 30, 2011: Not-for-Profit Incorporation -[Training Resources]

Hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Acquire expertise in incorporating not-for-profit entities and securing their federal tax-exempt status. The faculty will cover basic due diligence by attorneys to learn about an organization prior to drafting any documents, preparation of the not-for-profit charter and bylaws, and application to the IRS for tax exempt recognition. [Top]

December 6, 2011: Criminal Appeals -[Training Resources]

Hosted by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Acquire the knowledge to represent criminal defendants in the Appellate Division. This seminar will focus on the procedural and substantive law underlying criminal appeals. Attendance will enable volunteers to represent Legal Aid's clients under the supervision of the Criminal Appeals Bureau. [Top]

December 8, 2011: Advising Micro-Entrepreneurs - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Attain an overview of the available business structures for the formation of a micro business, including the advantages and disadvantages of using a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship. The session will include a role-playing exercise highlighting the legal issues surrounding business structures as well as the shareholder, employment, and other similar agreements involved in the formation of a business. [Top]

January 10, 2012: Housing Preservation Actions [Training Resources]

Hosted by Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Learn to initiate and litigate proceedings on behalf of tenants whose landlords willfully refuse to provide the most basic of services, including heat and hot water during the winter. The session will address the drafting of pleadings, pre-litigation research, how to obtain evidence, and strategies for effectively litigating the action to a successful conclusion. Cases provide an excellent opportunity to engage in settlement conferences and hearings. [Top]

January 12, 2012: Intellectual Property for the Micro-Entrepreneur - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Learn basic principles of copyright, trademark, trade secret, and patent law, with emphasis on how micro-entrepreneurs should be advised as they develop their business ideas and confront the need to protect their own intellectual property assets and avoid infringing the intellectual property rights of others. The session will include discussion of the advantages of timely Nixon registration, practicalities of various search options, strategies for obtaining federal registration, and issues raised when the micro-entrepreneur's business includes an online presence. [Top]

January 24, 2012: Identifying & Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in the Criminal Justice System - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Learn the extent to which victims of sex trafficking are arrested and criminalized under current police and prosecution practice. This session will provide a basic overview of relevant federal and New York State anti-trafficking law, an examination of how those arrested and prosecuted for prostitution are overwhelmingly victims of trafficking, and how to develop advocacy tools and engage in motion practice to serve this marginalized population. The session will specifically address New York's new innovative law that allows survivors of trafficking to vacate convictions. [Top]

January 26, 2012 Corporate Bankruptcy for Small Businesses in Distress - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Obtain the knowledge to assist low-income small businesses - corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships - faced with financial distress due to loss of a lease, sustained business slowdown, financing issues, or an unforeseen disaster, by analyzing the relevant circumstances and weighing the potential courses of action. While the session is focused predominantly on filing for bankruptcy relief and using the protections afforded under the Bankruptcy Code, the session also includes a discussion of other key actions by which low-income business owners might salvage or, if necessary, wind down their companies. These include out-of-court workouts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, winding up under state law, and obtaining financing from the Small Business Administration. [Top]

February 2, 2012: Counseling the Smaill Nonprofit Organization [Training Resources]

Hosted by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Counsel for an existing nonprofit organization must be aware of the wide variety of legal and business compliance obligations confronted by its clients. This program will cover the essentials of counseling the small to medium-sized nonprofit organization, including: good governance best practices; fiduciary duties of the board of directors; annual reporting to the IRS and the Charities Bureau; and legally-compliant fundraising. In addition, participants will learn to use a nonprofit compliance checklist, a tool that helps nonprofits and their attorneys to keep track of the sometimes bewildering range of nonprofit organization compliance obligations.

This seminar is well-suited to anyone who has completed the Not-for-Profit Incorporation CLE or who has equivalent experience. [Top]

February 7, 2012: New York City Housing Authority - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Learn to represent public housing residents where the New York City Housing Authority is seeking to terminate tenancy due to alleged breach of lease or the Housing Authority's rules and regulations. This session will give an overview of the substantive and procedural law, and train participants to engage in fact-finding and document discovery, prepare witnesses, and conduct direct and cross examination. [Top]

February 9, 2012: How to Draft a Will for Low-Income Elderly [Training Resources]

Hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Learn how to draft a will for seniors with small estates. Attendance at this session will prepare you to interview the client, assess the information collected, and draft the appropriate documents. [Top]

February 15, 2012: Social Security Disability - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Kaye Scholer LLP

Learn how to represent disabled children and adults at administrative hearings before the Social Security Administration. Successful clients receive higher monthly income and are entitled to Medicaid or Medicare benefits to cover the cost of medical treatment. The session will cover Social Security law and practice including how to gather and analyze medical evidence, the examination of parties and witnesses, drafting effective pre-hearing memoranda, and oral argument. [Top]

February 16, 2012: Negotiating a Commercial Lease -[Training Resources Unavailable]

Hosted by Nixon Peabody LLP

Acquire knowledge to negotiate and draft commercial leases. This seminar will focus on basic terms and conditions of a model commercial lease. [Top]

February 28, 2012: Article 78 Procedings - [Training Resources]

Hosted by Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Gain the knowledge to litigate an appeal of an administrative decision in State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. Participants will learn to draft legal pleadings, memoranda, conduct oral argument, and perfect an appeal. These proceedings are the last avenues of redress for many of Legal Aid's clients who have lost government benefits or public housing. [Top]

March 1, 2012: Innocent Spouse Relief for Low Income Taxpayers [Training Resources]

Hosted by Cooley LLP

This training will provide the legal authority and criteria for seeking relief from joint and several liability and how to advocate for such relief for low income taxpayers. [Top]

March 6, 2012: The Law of Prisoner's Rights-[Training Resources Unavailable]

Hosted by Dechert LLP

Learn the substantive law applied in prisoners' civil rights litigation, including claims of cruel and unusual punishment, denial of due process, violation of other substantive constitutional rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. [Top]

March 8, 2012: Employment Law for Nonprofits [Training Resources]

Hosted by O'Melveny & Myers LLP

This seminar provides an overview of best practices in employment law for counsel representing nonprofit organizations and low-income small businesses. These nonprofits and small businesses must adopt employment policies that are fair, understood by all employees, and that minimize disputes and litigation Topics covered will include: hiring and termination; employee evaluation and discipline; the proper classification of employees and independent contractors; wage and hour laws; and exempt versus nonexempt employees. Special issues involving nonprofit organizations will also be examined, including the proper use of volunteers and the payment of stipends. [Top]

March 13, 2012: Prisoner's Civil Litigation in Federal Court [Training Resources Unavailable]

Hosted by Dechert LLP

Learn the basics of representing prisoners in civil rights litigation in Federal Court, including proper defendants, immunity issues, relationship of ยง 1983 and habeas corpus, and navigating the Prison Litigation Reform Act. [Top]

March 15, 2012: Administrative Fair Hearings [Training Resources]

Hosted by Shearman & Sterling LLP

Learn how to represent public assistance recipients and applicants at administrative fair hearings before the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. This session will give an overview of the substantive and procedural law, train participants to analyze relevant documents, make document requests, prepare witnesses, and conduct direct and cross examination. [Top]

March 20, 2012: Representation of Abused Prisoners -[Training Resources Unavailable]

Hosted by Mayer Brown LLP

Acquire the knowledge to represent inmates in prison brutality litigation. This seminar will focus on identifying and obtaining relevant government documents; analyzing factual and relevant legal issues; and taking and defending depositions. [Top]

August 23, 2012: Application Assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -[Training Resources]

Webinar hosted by Pro Bono Net and the NYC Pro Bono Center

This webinar featured The Legal Aid Society's Deferred Action pro bono program. On June 15th the Federal Government announced that it would provide Deferred Action and Employment Authorization (work permit) to qualified young people who were brought to the United States as children and have no lawful status. Presenters were Hasan Shafiqullah, Staff Attorney, and JoJo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge, both with the Immigration Law Unit. [Top]