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PLI Pro Bono Training: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017

  • 20 Sep 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar. See information in the post.

Join us for an upcoming program - Professional Skills

Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017

Lauren Hansen – Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Project
Carole Vigne – Senior Staff Attorney and Director, Wage Protection Program, Legal Aid at Work

The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. Many individuals who are entitled to desperately needed benefits but have had their benefits improperly denied, lowered, or terminated; who are at risk of losing a housing subsidy; whose children face school discipline or expulsion; or who are not paid according to basic wage and hour laws cannot make it through the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face the very real possibility of hunger, homelessness, and instability.

Attend this free training for 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 will benefit from the information and attending the program.

Live WebcastSeptember 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT


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Key Topics Will Include:

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving:
    • State and federal public benefits, including General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and SSI
    • Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8")
    • Unemployment and state disability insurance claims and overpayments
    • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights
    • School discipline, including representing students at expulsion hearings
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings – obtaining evidence, drafting position statements/hearing briefs, presenting your case at hearing and informal resolution
  • Rehearings and further appeals

Special Feature:

  • Updated for 2017 – including coverage of school-related hearings!

Here's What Past Attendees Have Said:

“Good presenters. Good practice points. Hearing video good example. Overall, well done. Thank you.”

"Very thoughtful group of panelists."

“Great overview of administrative hearings. Presenters did an excellent job.”

As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.

Credit Information: CLE and CPD Credit

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Pro Bono Membership

PLI's Pro Bono Privileged Membership provides participating IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations (including legal services, pro bono and nonprofit groups) with free access to PLI Live, Webcast or On-Demand programs without having to submit a scholarship application.

The Membership is an easy and convenient way for your organization to stay
up to date on important legal issues. For more information or to apply, please contact
Pro Bono Membership Services.

PLI On-Demand Library

There is basic to advanced programming in all of the pro bono topics that you need, available at your convenience, from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Visit our
On-Demand Learning page and take advantage of these training tools!

A few related offerings include:

Click the links above for program descriptions and registration information!

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Want to attend the program with your colleagues and volunteers but can't make it
in person? Schedule a PLI Groupcast to allow group viewing via Live or On-Demand Webcast in your office! Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at for more details.

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