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Center for Pro Bono Drop-In Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Toni Hicks
06:08
can you please post that link here?
Jessica Malone
07:15
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/center-pro-bono/resources/covid-19-and-pro-bono/
Anna Davis
09:27
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.
Cheryl Zalenski
10:12
ABA Task Force: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/the-aba-task-force-on-legal-needs-arising-out-of-the-2020-pandem/
Kiva Zytnick
10:44
Echoing what Anna said! My CUA law students are eager for pro bono experience, from discrete projects to summer-long opportunities.
AnnK
11:23
There is a law student pro bono initiative:
AnnK
11:33
https://www.reuters.com/article/lawyer-coronavirus-law-student-pro-bono/qa-alyssa-leader-the-3l-behind-a-2500-student-coronavirus-pro-bono-project-idUSL1N2BL00C
Samantha Howell
12:51
I second Lena, also a webinar/resources on developing quality remote projects for students
Sandy
13:07
Can speakers please say what City in case we want to follow up? Thanks!
Jacob Drum
13:12
Bankruptcies are still moving forward, correct?
Toni Hicks
13:12
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 \
Pamela Robinson
13:15
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
Samantha Howell
13:45
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
Steve Marchese
13:54
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)
Sharon Bashan
14:43
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.
segovill
16:48
Penn Law also has a pro bono requirement and our students are available to engage in any pro bono service opportunities.
Jeanne
18:29
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/.
Betsy Goodale
18:52
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.
Cheryl Zalenski
18:59
Contact us at abaprobono@americanbar.org
Sandy
20:30
Any examples of Remote / Zoom Custody Complaint Clinics to help parents file for custody? How did it go?
Kiva Zytnick
20:38
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.
Anna Davis
21:06
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.
Jesse
23:26
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.
Jacob Drum
25:10
This is Jacob Drum from Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. How have your jurisdictions been handling remote witnessing (e.g. for wills)?
emiller
25:29
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.
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
25:38
NY established remote notary procedures
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
25:46
just for COVID-19 times
JFulmer
26:11
are you using the electronic notaries for wills?
Nell Brimmer
27:04
Alabama adopted temporary remote notarization as well
Steve Marchese
27:08
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
Jacob Drum
27:23
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.
Pamela Robinson
27:52
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
Cari Hipp
28:00
Georgia has only allowed it for real estate transactions so far
Samantha Howell
28:19
FL requires that 2 witnesses notarize the testator sign; I don't think any adjustment has been made to that requirement thus far
Samantha Howell
28:47
witnesses see the testator sing**
Samantha Howell
28:52
sign** AGH!
emiller
29:03
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...
Samantha Howell
30:50
What are people using for tele/video conferencing? Particularly in light of the reports of zoom's privacy issues?
Barbara
31:29
We just signed up for Voiance, which provides both phone and internet interpreters.
Jacob Drum
31:56
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.
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
32:21
Our office has had good luck with Voiance as well
Jeanne
32:31
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.
creid
33:31
I am in Texas and we are using Zoom - but password protected.
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
33:43
Microsoft teams is good for chat but we could only get 4 on a video call for some reason
Pamela Robinson
33:51
We are lucky that our law school has WebEx and Panopto.
Betsy Goodale
33:51
Cheryl can you address the DLS/YLD use of ring central?
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
34:07
my husbands office uses Microsoft link for secure team meetings
Steve Marchese
34:14
Teams is helpful. I have heard an update to show more screens is coming later this month
Nell Brimmer
34:17
We use Teams as well internall
Robin
34:19
BRBA has been using Zoom, now password protected, but I still have concerns about the security issues.
Sylvia Novinsky
35:04
Is there anything in writing on the YLD Ring Hotline?
C.C. Kahr
35:06
Using Zoom and incorporating password protection and requiring people to go into the wait room before host allows them to enter the conference
Jeanne
35:44
Here you go Sylvia - https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2020/04/aba-joins-ringcentral-for-national-hotline-for-pandemic--disaste/
Samantha Howell
36:52
Thanks for all the suggestions :)
Jacob Drum
37:18
Issue: texting clients who have run out of minutes
Michelle Alden
37:33
Using Zoom and passwords, hoping that will be adequate security.
Robin
37:59
I don't know if this has been asked yet, but has anyone developed ways to provide remote or virtual advice clinics?
marcia
38:35
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
creid
39:17
We are not permitted to do in person meetings under any circumstances.
Jeanne
40:32
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.
Sandy
40:40
Can someone walk through how you set up remote clinic (without having someone at a location to meet clients - which we will not do)
Robin
41:05
Thanks so much Jeanne.
Kelly McGovern
41:28
are the homeless folks accessing medical campuses? they could use their phone or video to meet with your agency?
Pamela Robinson
41:42
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
Pamela Robinson
42:32
Many of the taxpayers are concerned about receiving the stimulus money.
Samantha Howell
43:07
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
creid
44:15
Texas has also stayed evictions for 30-60 days.
Jacob Drum
45:30
Update: Gov Cuomo literally just released an executive order re: remote witnessing in NY
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
45:55
there we go!
Samantha Howell
46:28
How long are folks planning on being remote?
Samantha Howell
46:41
I'm curious about long-term planning for remote placement (students)?
Sandy
46:41
September
Jacob Drum
47:20
Have to sign off for another call but keep up the good work and thanks for all your help!
Nadine Mompremier
47:26
For schools with pro bono programs, how are you treating 3Ls that haven't completed their requirement/having trouble doing so?
Steve Marchese
48:08
It will vary by state
Sandy
49:05
I think it is better to plan for Sept and if we open up sooner but don't build up expectations might not meet..
Sylvia Hahn
49:14
Are any of you finding that the number of people seeking your services has gone down since the emergency started?
Steve Marchese
49:57
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.
s.l.smith
50:34
I agree with @Tonya Im at A&M Law and were doing the same.
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
51:12
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
Steve Marchese
51:21
We have seen a spike in employment related questions
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
51:24
lots of outreach, even going on local TV
DeniseLangley
52:55
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.
Sandy
54:42
How long on remote?
Samantha Howell
55:02
I have to hop off too. Thank you so much everyone! This has been very helpful!!
Sandy
55:11
How long do others think that remote will last?
Betsy Goodale
55:44
I'm definitely in favor or a weekly call.
Elizabeth Overmoe
55:46
I think additional calls would be helpful
Nell Brimmer
55:56
Yes, I think regular calls/remote meetings would be great.
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
55:59
maybe every other week?
Sjanderson
56:07
Regular calls would be great.
Toni Hicks
56:16
Thank you!
Samantha Howell
56:17
I would LOVE weekly calls!
Lena
56:46
Yes. Very helpful. Next best thing to EJC
Laura Swantner
57:19
Very helpful and weekly would be great!
Leslie Wilson
57:25
Ongoing calls sound great
creid
57:35
I like weekly calls
Robin
57:45
Will this recording be available for later viewing?
Karen Grisez
57:52
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.
Robin
58:39
Yes, thanks so much
Laurie Rolnick-VLP
58:53
thank you for coordinating this!
Jesse
58:57
Thank you!
Tonya Jupiter
59:11
Thank You! Be safe and healthy!
The Pro Bono Project
59:15
Thank you!
Elizabeth Overmoe
59:17
Thank you!
Jessica Malone
59:19
Thank you!
creid
59:19
thanks!
Robin
59:20
Thanks!
Sophia_Chang
59:23
thanks!
John Rogers
59:30
Thank you!