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  • On Feb. 26, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Public Interest Section and LGBT Rights Committee will co-host the CLE titled LGBTQ Older Adults and Cultural Competency, from 12:30-2 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia. This CLE will educate participants on basic concepts and vocabulary such as sexual orientation and gender identity terms, discuss how the LGBTQ older adult community navigates societal and institutional bias and prejudice, and provide advocates with the knowledge and terminology necessary to promote awareness and inclusivity in their client relationships and allow us all to be allies with this community. One SUB/0.5 ETH credit available. For more information and to register, visit https://www.philadelphiabar.org.
  • On March 4, the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the CLE titled Representing Clients in Domestic Violence Matters, from 12:30–2 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia. This program offers a valuable primer on protection from abuse actions in Philadelphia. Panelists will provide nuts-and-bolts guidance and practice pointers regarding handling protection from abuse cases from start to finish, including contempt actions. The program will also address the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act, temporary and final orders, consent orders and current updates in the law, including changes regarding relinquishment of firearms in domestic violence cases. One and a half SUB credit available. For more information and to register, visit https://www.philadelphiabar.org.
  • On March 5, Philadelphia VIP will hold a volunteer training program, Consumer Debt: Helping Clients Preserve Their Income by Defending and Negotiating Claims in Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas, from 8:30–11 a.m., at Dilworth Paxson, 1500 Market St., Philadelphia. To register, email Lauren Ascher at lascher@phillyvip.org or visit https://www.phillyvip.org.
  • On March 6, Philadelphia VIP will hold a Small Business Legal Clinic at Ballard Spahr from 5:30–7 p.m., at 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. Pair up with local small-business clients to identify and strategize around key legal issues (e.g., choice of entity, reviewing contracts, etc). Expand your knowledge of this legal area while strengthening Philadelphia’s economy and communities. Each participating attorney will provide post-clinic legal assistance to one participating small business on a discrete matter. To register, email Alison Merrick at amerrick@phillyvip.org or visit https://www.phillyvip.org.
  • On March 11, the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the Chancellor’s Forum: A Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants, from noon–2 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia. The first Chancellor’s Forum of 2019 brings together Philadelphia city leaders for a discussion centered on providing low-income tenants facing eviction with a right to counsel, regardless of ability to pay. The Philadelphia Bar Association’s recently commissioned report by Stout Risius Ross, “Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants,” found that the city of Philadelphia would save $45.2 million per year by investing $3.5 million to fund counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction. The forum will provide a detailed overview of the recent report’s findings and explore strategies to bring Philadelphia into the national right-to-counsel movement. For more information and to register, visit https://www.philadelphiabar.org.
  • On March 16, the SeniorLAW Center, which seeks justice for older people by using the power of the law, educating the community, and advocating on local, state and national levels, will host its 41st Annual Gala: Silver and Emerald, from 6-10 p.m., at The Hilton at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Enjoy dinner, dancing, compelling stories, auction and more. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit http://seniorlawcenter.org/.
  • On March 19, the Philadelphia Bar Association will present the CLE, Spotting Competency and Cognitive Deficit Issues, from 3:30–5 p.m., at the Philadelphia Municipal Court, 10th Floor Conference Center, 1339 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. This program will help judges, judicial staff, counsel and other interested professionals recognize conditions that may result in the incapacity of litigants in the Philadelphia Municipal Court as well as strategies for addressing such incapacity. One and a half SUB credit available. For more information and to register, visit https://www.philadelphiabar.org.
  • On March 21, Philadelphia VIP will hold a volunteer training program, Probate: Resolving Title Issues to Keep Clients in Their Homes, from 8:30–11:00 a.m., at White & Williams, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia. Attendees will learn how to assess a client’s claim to inherited property, probate an estate at the Register of Wills, and transfer title from heirs to client. The training will concentrate on unique issues that low-income clients face in obtaining title to a family property. To register, email Mike Jones at mjones@phillyvip.org or visit https://www.phillyvip.org.