Center for Pro Bono Drop-In Call - Shared screen with speaker view
can you please post that link here?
Consider reaching out to the law schools to use students as pro bono volunteers. Many are eager to assist right now. While not as helpful as attorneys, they can do a lot to replace lost attorney volunteers.
ABA Task Force: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/the-aba-task-force-on-legal-needs-arising-out-of-the-2020-pandem/
Echoing what Anna said! My CUA law students are eager for pro bono experience, from discrete projects to summer-long opportunities.
There is a law student pro bono initiative:
I second Lena, also a webinar/resources on developing quality remote projects for students
Can speakers please say what City in case we want to follow up? Thanks!
Bankruptcies are still moving forward, correct?
re law student pro bono - might the ABA consider organizing a way for students to participate remotely in Free Legal Answers? Specifically by figuring out how to facilitate the attorney supervision component \
Last week we held a Virtual Blitz with 4 lawyers, 6 law students ( and 3 cats) we responded to 54 questions posted by the public to the FLA platform. Worked well
I'm focusing more on larger firms bc small and solos are just too tough right now and, with remote court proceedings, volunteers don't really need to be local
We have been working with law students to help with our statewide legal advice online platform (MN Legal Advice Online) to assist volunteer attorneys to do background research. (www.mnlegaladvice.org)
I’ve been able to utilize experienced solos to do more high level discrete tasks such as trainings for more junior pro bonos and mentorship.
Penn Law also has a pro bono requirement and our students are available to engage in any pro bono service opportunities.
Later this month, Pro Bono Net will be adding a new "remote opportunities" filter to probono.net's Pro Bono Opportunities Guide tool. https://www.probono.net/oppsguide/.
Pam Robinson's students joined us on a zoom meeting and we assigned them to a lawyer and then the student and the lawyer worked together to draft answers via the chat function.
Contact us at email@example.com
Any examples of Remote / Zoom Custody Complaint Clinics to help parents file for custody? How did it go?
It would be very cool if ABA Free Legal Answers had a function where it matched law students with volunteer lawyers. DC doesn’t have free legal answers but it would be great if our students could help lawyers in other states.
UC Irvine students are doing remote clinics, research for legal services, and a group of students are serving as a document delivery service to drop off and get documents for our local legal aids delivered and/or signed.
The Pro Bono Project in New Orleans is operating our pro se self-help resource centers virtually using both volunteer attorneys and law students to field questions about domestic matters and to assist with completing court-approved forms. We take queries via telephone and email.
This is Jacob Drum from Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. How have your jurisdictions been handling remote witnessing (e.g. for wills)?
the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, we have completed a DACA renewal clinic, and a pro bono training on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. We were able to place many cases through this clinic and traiing. However, we are mostly focusing on partnering with large firms.
NY established remote notary procedures
just for COVID-19 times
are you using the electronic notaries for wills?
Alabama adopted temporary remote notarization as well
Minnesota has a state statute for remote notarization - there are notaries that are certified as remote notaries. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/358.645
We have a NY remote notarizing protocol, but at the moment the witnessing requirement is a more open question. I believe the case law supports video witnessing or witnessing from through glass, but nothing concrete yet.
No remote notaries is SC. Also the law school would discourage students from leaving their home as we are in a Stay at Home order. In addition many students are not local anymore
Georgia has only allowed it for real estate transactions so far
FL requires that 2 witnesses notarize the testator sign; I don't think any adjustment has been made to that requirement thus far
witnesses see the testator sing**
Has anybody had success in working with or coordinating interterpreters between clients and pro bono attorneys both working remotely? either volunteer and paid interpreter services...
What are people using for tele/video conferencing? Particularly in light of the reports of zoom's privacy issues?
We just signed up for Voiance, which provides both phone and internet interpreters.
Skype has much better security, I believe we will be moving to that and using zoom mostly for work meetings. Microsoft Teams has also been helpful.
Our office has had good luck with Voiance as well
I'm in New York - The New Sanctuary Coalition moved their in-person clinics to remote clinics and they've taken advantage of Zoom's breakout rooms features to use volunteer translators. So it's the client, pro bono attorney, and the interpreter in one virtual room.
I am in Texas and we are using Zoom - but password protected.
Microsoft teams is good for chat but we could only get 4 on a video call for some reason
We are lucky that our law school has WebEx and Panopto.
Cheryl can you address the DLS/YLD use of ring central?
my husbands office uses Microsoft link for secure team meetings
Teams is helpful. I have heard an update to show more screens is coming later this month
We use Teams as well internall
BRBA has been using Zoom, now password protected, but I still have concerns about the security issues.
Is there anything in writing on the YLD Ring Hotline?
Using Zoom and incorporating password protection and requiring people to go into the wait room before host allows them to enter the conference
Here you go Sylvia - https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2020/04/aba-joins-ringcentral-for-national-hotline-for-pandemic--disaste/
Thanks for all the suggestions :)
Issue: texting clients who have run out of minutes
Using Zoom and passwords, hoping that will be adequate security.
I don't know if this has been asked yet, but has anyone developed ways to provide remote or virtual advice clinics?
Legal Server has a texting add-on that now allows texting of photos which is helpful to our clients to get copies of their documents to us
We are not permitted to do in person meetings under any circumstances.
Robin - Here's a helpful summary of successful remote/virtual models and clinics that we collected in partnership with over 10 organizations: https://www.probono.net/library/attachment.356478.
Can someone walk through how you set up remote clinic (without having someone at a location to meet clients - which we will not do)
Thanks so much Jeanne.
are the homeless folks accessing medical campuses? they could use their phone or video to meet with your agency?
We are still operating out VITA Volunteer income tax clinic. Instead of all the preparers in one space with clients. I conduct intake interview and copy documents in person using all the precautions. Afterwards the documents are scanned, sent to me, out to preparers ( law students, professors and lawyers) once prepared the return shows up in the software. I eFile, print, and prepare for mailing
Many of the taxpayers are concerned about receiving the stimulus money.
FL stayed evictions for 45d; but it takes 2m to go through the process (from my understanding) so, I don't know if that will help all that much
Texas has also stayed evictions for 30-60 days.
Update: Gov Cuomo literally just released an executive order re: remote witnessing in NY
there we go!
How long are folks planning on being remote?
I'm curious about long-term planning for remote placement (students)?
Have to sign off for another call but keep up the good work and thanks for all your help!
For schools with pro bono programs, how are you treating 3Ls that haven't completed their requirement/having trouble doing so?
It will vary by state
I think it is better to plan for Sept and if we open up sooner but don't build up expectations might not meet..
Are any of you finding that the number of people seeking your services has gone down since the emergency started?
Some of our programs in MN have said call volume is down. Except for domestic violence which is up. Also our online legal advice platform has seen increased traffic.
I agree with @Tonya Im at A&M Law and were doing the same.
we have been actively contacting our local social service agencies and letting them and case managers know we are available for phone consult and advice
We have seen a spike in employment related questions
lots of outreach, even going on local TV
I am with a small non-LSC funded legal aid program in South Dakota. We have experienced a decrease in calls and applications recently but we are expecting an increase in applications dealing with eviction, employment and family law matters.
How long on remote?
I have to hop off too. Thank you so much everyone! This has been very helpful!!
How long do others think that remote will last?
I'm definitely in favor or a weekly call.
I think additional calls would be helpful
Yes, I think regular calls/remote meetings would be great.
maybe every other week?
Regular calls would be great.
I would LOVE weekly calls!
Yes. Very helpful. Next best thing to EJC
Very helpful and weekly would be great!
Ongoing calls sound great
I like weekly calls
Will this recording be available for later viewing?
I'd be happy to participate whenever schedule permits. maybe vary the times so people who couldn't join at one time could do at another.
Yes, thanks so much
thank you for coordinating this!
Thank You! Be safe and healthy!
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