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Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

Pennsylvania CLE credits will be available to attorneys who actively participate in webinars and indicate their participation through polls displayed periodically during the webinars.

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Thursday, September 10
 

10:00am EDT

Major Changes in the Health Insurance Marketplace: Understanding Pennie, the New State Health Insurance Exchange
Obamacare is changing in Pennsylvania! Pennsylvania is leaving the federal health insurance marketplace and creating it's own state marketplace starting this November.

This session will explain what changes are being made and what to expect during open enrollment 2020 and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Laval Miller-Wilson

Laval Miller-Wilson

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Laval Miller-Wilson has been the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) since 2009. PHLP is the designated state-wide health advocacy project of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. PHLP focuses on protecting and advancing the health rights of low-income and... Read More →
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Maripat Pileggi

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Maripat Pileggi joined Community Legal Services Inc. in 2007 as a staff attorney in the Health and Independence Unit. She works with clients to resolve legal problems that arise in many different government benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration, Department of... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .

2:00pm EDT

Utility Law Review and Update: Utility Advocacy for Assistance in the COVID-19 Era
This interactive session for new and seasoned advocates will cover the latest changes in utility assistance programs and energy advocacy in Pennsylvania.

Participants will learn about the current regulations governing billing. collections, and terminations, including a real-time update on shut off moratorium defense and policy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will also receive a refresher on regulatory protections, available assistance programs, and other critical issues faced by low income utility consumers.

Speakers
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Giovanna Brackbill

Legal Fellow, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Giovanna Brackbill is a temporary part-time Legal Fellow, working under the supervision of PULP’s staff attorneys, while she studies for the PA bar exam. She serves individuals calling PULP’s utility hotline and works on COVID moratorium defense & post-moratorium policy advocacy... Read More →
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Ria Pereira

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Ria Pereira is a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) where she provides legal representation, training, consultation, and support services in utility and energy matters affecting low-income residents and community organizations in Pennsylvania.
avatar for Josie Pickens

Josie Pickens

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Co-Director Energy Unit
Josie B.H. Pickens is a supervising attorney and co-director of the Energy Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). She represents low-income residential utility consumers in disputes to access and afford utility service. Her practice includes systemic advocacy and... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Friday, September 11
 

10:00am EDT

PA’s New Occupational Licensing Reforms: How They Will Affect Your Clients’ Chances at Employment
Presenters will discuss recent reforms to consideration of criminal records in licensing for many Pennsylvania occupations and how they affect the likelihood of obtaining a license.

Attendees will learn which professions are affected, what legal standards will apply to consideration of criminal records, and what guidance will be available to help clients make career and educational plans.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Dietrich

Sharon Dietrich

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Litigation Director
Sharon Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, since 1987. She became CLS’ managing attorney for public benefits and employment in 1997 and its litigation director in 2014. A focus of Ms. Dietrich’s work has been issues... Read More →
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Brendan Lynch

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Brendan Lynch started at Community Legal Services in 1998 as an Independence Foundation fellow in the Public Benefits unit. From 2000 – 2001, he clerked for the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following his... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Monday, September 14
 

10:00am EDT

Mobile Home Ownership Issues
Affordable homeownership is one benefit offered to residents of mobile homes, but owning a mobile home comes with many issues of its own.

This session will discuss titling issues, problems with financing, purchase agreements or "rent-to-own" scheme, paying property taxes and dealing with tax sales, and the loss of the home through reposession or abandonment proceedings.

Speakers
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Brian Doyle

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Brian Doyle has served Legal Aid of Southeastern PA as Staff Attorney since May 2016 and Pro Bono Coordinator for Chester County since 2017. He represents clients through trial in child custody, protection from abuse, protection from sexual violence and intimidation, unemployment... Read More →
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Dan Vitek

Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
Dan Vitek is a Staff Attorney at the Community Justice Project in its Pittsburgh office. He focuses his practice in the areas of housing law, utility services, and civil rights. Nothing makes him happier than chatting with you about your mobile home park cases, so please make his... Read More →


Monday September 14, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .

2:00pm EDT

UCCJEA Basics
The UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act), enacted in Pennsylvania in 2004, provides the statutory framework for courts to use to determine both interstate and intrastate jurisdictional disputes in child custody matters.

Join us to learn more about the UCCJEA: how to effectively analyze cases involving jurisdictional disputes and how to incorporate the guidance provided under the UCCJEA into your child custody practice.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Abramowich

Susan Abramowich

Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services
Susan Abramowich is currently a Managing Attorney handling cases involving domestic violence and complex custody matters. As an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Susan also teaches classes regarding general law and ethics. Prior to joining NLS, Susan served as a child... Read More →
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Nikki Christopher

Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services
Nikki Christopher has been employed with Neighborhood Legal Services since 2010. Prior to NLS, Attorney Christopher was a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Piccione and the Honorable John W. Hodge, of the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas. She previously worked as an Associate... Read More →



Monday September 14, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Tuesday, September 15
 

10:00am EDT

Health-Related COVID Updates
Even with all of Pennsylvania now in the "green" re-opening phase, new COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the Commonwealth.

Join us to discuss changes the Medicaid program has made - and continues to make - in response to the ongoing public health emergency.

Among other things, we will cover the new self-attestation rules and moratorium on MA closures, the temporary protections in place for shift nursing for kids and waiver services for adults, and lessons learned regarding whether and how marginalized populations are getting tested and treated.

Speakers
avatar for Marissa LaWall

Marissa LaWall

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Marissa LaWall is a Staff Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.She received her J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minor in psychology from Cedar Crest College. Ms. LaWall is a former PHLP intern, and externed... Read More →
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Callie Perrone

Outreach and Community Navigator, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Callie Perrone is an Outreach and Community Navigator based in the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP.)Callie is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master’s in Social Work and Social Policy, and deepened her commitment... Read More →
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Kyle Fisher

Managing Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Kyle Fisher is a Managing Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, where he focuses on improving access to care through Medicaid. He represents individual clients in a wide range of publicly funded insurance matters. He also conducts policy advocacy as legal counsel to the... Read More →


Tuesday September 15, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .

2:00pm EDT

Digital and Remote Client Outreach and Community Education During the Pandemic
How do you use Facebook live to reach clients? How do you avoid getting "Zoom bombed" during a presentation? How do you effectively use social media to reach your clients?

This session will discuss ways to conduct community education and provide clients with know-your-rights information during the pandemic. We will discuss tips and best practices for zoom webinars and Facebook lives, telephone town halls with elected officials, virtual legal clinics, creating animated explainer videos, designing flyers and graphics, and finding other creative ways to reach our clients while they cannot come to our offices for intake.

We will discuss best practices for setting up live community education sessions, including which security measures to take. We will also talk about content creation best practices, and how to share materials, so legal advocates can use digital and remote tools to help clients understand their rights and the resources available to them.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Communications Director, Community Legal Services
Caitlin Brown is the Communications Director for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). In addition to facilitating CLS’s media contacts, Ms. Brown develops and maintains CLS’s social media, website, publications, and other external communications, and serves as a member... Read More →
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Kadeem Morris

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Kadeem Morris is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services. He primarily provides same day representation to tenants in Municipal Court through the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project’s Lawyer of the Day Program. Prior to joining Community Legal Services... Read More →



Tuesday September 15, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Wednesday, September 23
 

2:00pm EDT

Health Care for Kids 101
No child in Pennsylvania should go without health insurance coverage. This session will provide advocates with a primer on health insurance options for kids in Pennsylvania, with a focus on Medicaid.

The session will offer an opportunity to learn about the following topics: Medicaid eligibility; how to apply for coverage; available services for kids on Medicaid including an overview of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit which provides comprehensive health care services for kids; and what to do if a client's application or service is denied.

While Medicaid will be the focus of this presentation, we will also touch briefly on other health insurance options available to kids who do not qualify for Medicaid, such as Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Speakers
avatar for Danna Casserly

Danna Casserly

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Danna Casserly is a Supervising Attorney with the Pennsylania Health Law Project. Ms. Casserly has advocated for health care access for lower-income consumers since she began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with PHLP in 2013. Her work focuses on representing children with complex... Read More →
avatar for Marissa LaWall

Marissa LaWall

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Marissa LaWall is a Staff Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.She received her J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minor in psychology from Cedar Crest College. Ms. LaWall is a former PHLP intern, and externed... Read More →



Wednesday September 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, September 24
 

2:00pm EDT

Water Affordability and Dealing with Unregulated Utilities
Most Pennsylvanians are provided water and sewer service by municipal authorities that are unregulated by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The limited statutory requirements that apply to them are limited and not well-known.

This interactive session for new and seasoned advocates will cover how to handle cases dealing with unregulated utilities, including: the difference between regulated and unregulated utilities, long term consequences of water privatization, consumer protections, due process issues around appealing grounds for termination, how to obtain documentation, and how to advocate with a local municipal authority on behalf of your clients.

We will also discuss emerging trends in water and wastewater assistance programs at regulated and unregulated water companies across the state.

Speakers
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Dan Vitek

Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
Dan Vitek is a Staff Attorney at the Community Justice Project in its Pittsburgh office. He focuses his practice in the areas of housing law, utility services, and civil rights. Nothing makes him happier than chatting with you about your mobile home park cases, so please make his... Read More →
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Robert Ballenger

Co-Director – Energy Unit, Community Legal Services
Robert Ballenger is an attorney for CLS’s Energy Unit, where he works to restore and maintain clients’ access to essential utilities. Mr. Ballenger has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania since 2004, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania... Read More →
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John Sweet

Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
John Sweet is a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) where he provides legal representation, advocacy, training, consultation, and support services in energy and utility matters affecting low-income residents of Pennsylvania.



Thursday September 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Wednesday, September 30
 

10:00am EDT

New Advocate Trial Advocacy Skills Training Session 1: Effective Advocacy and Practical Lawyering Skills
This session is designed to provide advocates with less than five years of practical legal experience guidance on how to be an effective advocate for clients inside and outside of the courtroom.

Speakers
avatar for Erica LeMon

Erica LeMon

Director of Advocacy for Children's Rights, Maryland Legal Aid
I am very excited to present at the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Statewide Virtual Training. Please feel free to ask me about any general litigation questions and family law or child advocacy questions. 
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Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Admin Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire, is the Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) where she oversees the Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship and Fellowship Programs, conducts regular contract compliance monitoring of PLAN programs, disseminates... Read More →
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Nick Matash

Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Nick Matash joined MidPenn Legal Services in 2002; he is the Managing Attorney of the MidPenn Legal Services’ office in Harrisburg, and co-chairs MidPenn’s employment law unit. MidPenn Legal Services provides free legal services on civil law cases to low-income individuals. Prior... Read More →
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Rebecca Dempsey

MidPenn Legal Services



Wednesday September 30, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
 
Thursday, October 1
 

10:00am EDT

Representing Clients in Medicaid Managed Care Appeals
Nearly all Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid are in managed care. Medicaid managed care plans are the gatekeepers for health care services; making the crucial decisions to approve or deny services.

For decades we have observed managed care plans limit services (e.g., home health care) to medically fragile children. Now we are seeing older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Community HealthChoices (CHC) whose managed care plans are denying them the level of home and community-based waiver services that they need to live safely at home.

Join us as we discuss how to represent clients in grievances and fair hearings challenging adverse benefit determinations by CHC, Physical HealthChoices and Behavioral HealthChoices managed care plans.

Speakers
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Pamela Walz

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services
Pamela Walz is a Supervising Attorney in the Health and Independence Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), where she represents low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities in matters involving access to publicly funded long term services and supports... Read More →
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Amy Lowenstein

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Amy Lowenstein is a Supervising Attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) where she focuses on improving access to Medicaid services—particularly in Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports program—through policy analysis, systems advocacy, and direct... Read More →



Thursday October 1, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .

10:00am EDT

New Advocate Trial Advocacy Skills Training Session 3: Cross Examination (e.g. Impeachment by Contradiction, Omission In Prior Statements) and Objections
This session is designed to provide advocates with less than five years of practical legal experience instruction on cross examination and objection techniques.

Videos from this workshop include:

Speakers
avatar for Erica LeMon

Erica LeMon

Director of Advocacy for Children's Rights, Maryland Legal Aid
I am very excited to present at the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Statewide Virtual Training. Please feel free to ask me about any general litigation questions and family law or child advocacy questions. 
avatar for Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Admin Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire, is the Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) where she oversees the Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship and Fellowship Programs, conducts regular contract compliance monitoring of PLAN programs, disseminates... Read More →
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Nick Matash

Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Nick Matash joined MidPenn Legal Services in 2002; he is the Managing Attorney of the MidPenn Legal Services’ office in Harrisburg, and co-chairs MidPenn’s employment law unit. MidPenn Legal Services provides free legal services on civil law cases to low-income individuals. Prior... Read More →
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Rebecca Dempsey

MidPenn Legal Services



Thursday October 1, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT

2:00pm EDT

New Advocate Trial Advocacy Skills Training Session 4: Direct Examination, Refreshing Recollection and Introduction of Exhibits
This session is designed to provide advocates with less than five years of practical legal experience instruction on direct examination, refreshing recollection, and introduction of exhibits techniques.

Videos from this workshop include:

Speakers
avatar for Erica LeMon

Erica LeMon

Director of Advocacy for Children's Rights, Maryland Legal Aid
I am very excited to present at the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Statewide Virtual Training. Please feel free to ask me about any general litigation questions and family law or child advocacy questions. 
avatar for Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Admin Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire, is the Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) where she oversees the Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship and Fellowship Programs, conducts regular contract compliance monitoring of PLAN programs, disseminates... Read More →
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Nick Matash

Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Nick Matash joined MidPenn Legal Services in 2002; he is the Managing Attorney of the MidPenn Legal Services’ office in Harrisburg, and co-chairs MidPenn’s employment law unit. MidPenn Legal Services provides free legal services on civil law cases to low-income individuals. Prior... Read More →
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Rebecca Dempsey

MidPenn Legal Services



Thursday October 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
 
Friday, October 2
 

10:00am EDT

New Advocate Trial Advocacy Skills Training Session 5: Virtual Hearing Practice
This session is designed to provide advocates with less than five years of practical legal experience guidance on how to prepare for and participate in remote court proceedings.

Speakers
avatar for Erica LeMon

Erica LeMon

Director of Advocacy for Children's Rights, Maryland Legal Aid
I am very excited to present at the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Statewide Virtual Training. Please feel free to ask me about any general litigation questions and family law or child advocacy questions. 
avatar for Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Admin Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire, is the Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) where she oversees the Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship and Fellowship Programs, conducts regular contract compliance monitoring of PLAN programs, disseminates... Read More →
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Nick Matash

Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Nick Matash joined MidPenn Legal Services in 2002; he is the Managing Attorney of the MidPenn Legal Services’ office in Harrisburg, and co-chairs MidPenn’s employment law unit. MidPenn Legal Services provides free legal services on civil law cases to low-income individuals. Prior... Read More →
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Rebecca Dempsey

MidPenn Legal Services



Friday October 2, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
 
Wednesday, October 7
 

10:00am EDT

Health Care for Older Adults
What health care coverages and services are available for low-income older adults? What does Medicare cover? Who gets Medicaid? Who pays for nursing facility stays? What services and supports are available as alternatives to nursing homes?

This session will cover the basics of Medicare and Medicaid coverage for older adults.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Guay

Erin Guay

Paralegal/Compliance Officer, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Erin Guay is a Paralegal in the Pittsburgh office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. She helps clients address various issues related to Medicaid, dual eligibility, and getting long term services and supports. She became PHLP's Compliance Officer in 2018. Erin went to Gettysburg... Read More →
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Katy McKee

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Katy McKee joined the Pittsburgh office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in August of 2018 after working as a staff attorney for more than 10 years for Neighborhood Legal Services, representing low-income tenants, victims of domestic violence, seniors, and people with disabilities... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .

2:00pm EDT

How to Assess a Utility Case
Energy and utility advocates will give a practical training on how to assess a utility case from intake through the dispute process.

The training will cover questions to ask on intake, how to review a customer bill, how to negotiate with a utility, and how to initiate a complaint with the PUC.

This training is for new advocates and those with limited experience assessing utility cases. Presenters will share best practices and strategies for maximizing the limited resources available to assist low-income customers.

Speakers
avatar for Josie Pickens

Josie Pickens

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Co-Director Energy Unit
Josie B.H. Pickens is a supervising attorney and co-director of the Energy Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). She represents low-income residential utility consumers in disputes to access and afford utility service. Her practice includes systemic advocacy and... Read More →
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Kristen Geesaman

Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
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Cameron Dichter

Community Legal Services
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Rebecca McCord

Community Legal Services


Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, October 8
 

2:00pm EDT

Dealing with Debt
Collection of consumer debts can impact our clients lives in ways big and small - from unwanted phone calls, to ruined credit, to judgments that become liens on homes and threaten bank accounts. The debt collection machine continues to hum through COVID shutdown, and its effects can be magnified when people are required to be at home as much as possible.

This session will provide an overview of the rights of consumer facing collections, how they can best protect themselves and their credit, and common defenses in collections cases - for advocates who represent consumers sued in collection actions or who simply want to be able to advise clients who are stressed out by collectors' tactics.

Speakers
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Ryan Cummins

MidPenn Legal Servicea
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Laura Smith

Independence Foundation Fellow and Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Laura R. Smith is an Independence Foundation Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit at Community Legal Services. Her project focuses on consumer and economic justice for low-income Philadelphians by defending against abusive collections practices... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Friday, October 9
 

2:00pm EDT

Best Practices for the Virtual Hearing
Hear from trial advocacy expert and the new Director of Trial Advocacy at Temple University Beasely School of Law, Elizabeth Lippy, on how to put your best case forward when appearing remotely for proceedings.

We'll discuss tips on presenting evidence, preparing witnesses, and other best practices for moving your advocacy from the physical to the virtual court room.

Speakers
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Chi-Ser Tran

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Chi-Ser Tran is a Staff Attorney in the SSI Unit and the Language Access Project at Community Legal Services (CLS). She represents low-income individuals with disabilities in administrative hearings, as well as other levels of appeal within state and federal processes. She also focuses... Read More →
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Sarah Katz

Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Sarah Katz joined the Temple Law faculty in July 2012. She directs and teaches the Family Law Litigation Clinic, where her students handle custody, child and spousal support, adoption, and other family law matters in Philadelphia Family Court. She researches and writes about trauma-informed... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lippy

Practice Professor of Law; Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Elizabeth Lippy joins Temple as a Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Trial Advocacy Program after serving as Assistant, and then Associate Director of Trial Advocacy at American University’s Washington College of Law for almost a decade. She brings extensive experience... Read More →



Friday October 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, October 15
 

2:00pm EDT

Receivership
Receivership is a statutory or equitable remedy that replaces control of property in the hands of an officer of the court in order to prevent irreparable harm to some legal or property right, such as the right of tenants to habitable living conditions. In the face of seemingly growing numbers of poor-quality multifamily rental properties, receivership can be a very useful  tool for providing relief to tenants. This panel consists of attorneys who have successfully used receivership on behalf of low-income tenants in several contexts. Eileen Yacknin and Kevin Quisenberry will discuss their use of receivership on behalf of tenants in a rental property where ownership was in dispute and a condemnation order was issued. Bob Damewood will discuss his representation of a mobile home resident association that volunteered to serve as receiver and ultimately used it to acquire ownership.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Yacknin

Eileen Yacknin

Director of Litigation, Neighborhood Legal Services
Eileen Yacknin works at Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), her first and only job, arriving straight from Boston College Law School in 1977, before most of you were born. For several years and currently, she serves as NLS’s Litigation Director. For nearly 25 years, she served as... Read More →
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Kevin Quisenberry

Litigation Director, Community Justice Project
Kevin Quisenberry is the Litigation Director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), a statewide law firm within the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. CJP engages in class action litigation and other forms of impact advocacy to help create positive change for low-income residents of... Read More →
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Robert Damewood

Staff Attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services
Robert Damewood is a former legal aid client who now works as a Staff Attorney in the Pittsburgh office of Regional Housing Legal Services, where he represents community-based non-profits that are engaged in affordable housing development and policy initiatives that benefit low income... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Monday, October 19
 

2:00pm EDT

Managed Care 101
As most of the 3 million Pennsylvanians covered by Medicaid are now enrolled in managed care, it is vital that advocates understand how the managed care system works - and sometimes doesn't work - for our clients. This session will teach advocates about PA's managed care delivery systems, including the Physical Health and Behavioral Health HealthChoices programs as well as Community HealthChoices (CHC). Topics covered will include how to pick a managed care plan, how to access services, and a brief overview of the services available to adults and children in managed care.  Prior knowledge of public benefits and Medicaid is not a pre-requisite.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Putnam Silver

Pamela Putnam Silver

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Pamela Putnam Silver is a Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP), based in the Philadelphia office.Ms. Silver joined PHLP as an Independence Foundation Fellow in 2018. Her fellowship project focused on improving access to Medicaid services for seniors and People... Read More →
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James Lee

VOCA Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
James (Jake) Lee is the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) staff attorney in Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s (PHLP) Pittsburgh office.Mr. Lee joined the PHLP in 2019. Prior to coming to PHLP, he worked for several years at the Juvenile Court Project, representing low-income individuals... Read More →



Monday October 19, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Wednesday, October 21
 

2:00pm EDT

What to Do When your Client is Misclassified as an Independent Contractor: How to Challenge 1099 Status
Worker misclassification is when an employer gives their worker, who works under their direction and control, a Form 1099 (intended for the self-employed) with no tax withholding instead of a Form W-2 with taxes withheld. When workers are misclassified as independent contractors, they owe double the amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes that employees owe and they lose out on key protections employees enjoy.

The issue of worker misclassification is increasingly prevalent in today's 21st Century service-driven gig economy where such workers often help meet our essential needs. This panel will explore how practitioners can assist their clients when their employers misclassify them as independent contractors.

The workshop will include tax, unemployment compensation, and employment law practitioners who have assisted workers in disputing their 1099 status before the IRS, the Department of Labor & Industry, and in federal and state courts.

Speakers
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Nadia Hewka

Senior Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Nadia Hewka started at CLS in 1997 as a Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Project, where she currently works as a Senior Attorney and heads its Vulnerable Workers project. She has developed specializations in representation of immigrant workers and particularly undocumented workers... Read More →
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment compensation (UC) cases. Julia has represented over 400 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing... Read More →
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Omeed Firouzi

Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Omeed Firouzi is a Staff Attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. From 2018 to 2020, Omeed's practice at PLA focused on worker misclassification, pursuant to the ABA Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. As a PLA... Read More →



Wednesday October 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, October 22
 

10:00am EDT

Evidence in a PFA Case
This presentation will discuss PFAs/SVPOs and evidence that clients provide us in a PFA case.

ATTENTION: Due to technical difficulties the first approximately 30 minutes of this presentation was not recorded. The portion recorded and available here focuses on the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act.

Speakers
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Alisa Petersen

IOLTA Fellow, MidPenn Legal Services
Alisa L. Petersen is the 2020-2021 IOLTA Fellow with MidPenn Legal Services in Carlisle, PA. Ms. Petersen earned a B.A. in Political Science/Pre-Law with a minor in Professional Writing from Bloomsburg University in 2017, graduating summa cum laude. In May 2020, Ms. Petersen earned... Read More →
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Paul Edger

Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Paul D. Edger, Esquire is the Managing Attorney of the Carlisle, Chambersburg, and Gettysburg offices of MidPenn Legal Services, managing all services provided in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and Fulton counties. Mr. Edger earned a B.A. in Political Philosophy and Legal Studies from... Read More →



Thursday October 22, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Tuesday, October 27
 

10:00am EDT

The Basics of Defending an Eviction from a Mobile Home Park
Residents of mobile home parks are afforded special protections in Pennsylvania under the Manufactured Homes Community Rights Act (MHCRA).

This training will introduce you to the basics of enforcing the rights of mobile home part residents with a focus on defending against an eviction.

Speakers
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Matt Rich

Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Matt Rich provides advocacy, consultation, supportive services, and representation to low-income residents (mostly in both Dauphin and Perry Counties) primarily in the area of landlord/tenant cases, both in private and subsidized housing matters. He also works with low-income individuals... Read More →
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Dan Vitek

Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
Dan Vitek is a Staff Attorney at the Community Justice Project in its Pittsburgh office. He focuses his practice in the areas of housing law, utility services, and civil rights. Nothing makes him happier than chatting with you about your mobile home park cases, so please make his... Read More →


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