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Center for Pro Bono Drop-In Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Cheryl Zalenski
06:03
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/center-pro-bono/resources/covid-19-and-pro-bono/
Cheryl Zalenski
07:10
https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/the-aba-task-force-on-legal-needs-arising-out-of-the-2020-pandem/
marcia
10:10
We're providing representation; mostly DV. We're doing advice and advance directives.
Cari
10:13
Cari Hipp at Atlanta Legal Aid - We are still providing direct representation to clients across the program.
Kelly McGovern
11:23
LawNY is providing remote direct representation, with a focus on unemployment insurance benefits issues and eviction prevention
Samantha Howell
12:33
Well, there was a judge in FL that had to tell attorneys to dress appropriately for Zoom court hearings :) someone got on a court mtg w/ no shirt and another from bedd
JHoward
12:50
The only issue we ran into was one of the judicial officers scheduled an in person hearing which our pro bono attorney was not willing to do
Center for Pro Bono
13:35
Pro Bono Net has a remote legal services guide, found here: https://www.probono.net/probononetcovid19/
Sarah Sullivan's iPhone
14:26
cases coming in has slowed but our agency has continued full speed with representation and our pro bono cases are still being assigned. we are doing an advance directives
Samantha Howell
14:31
There doesn't seem to be an opportunity to consult w/ a client in these virtual hearings
Sarah Sullivan's iPhone
14:41
project
Sarah Sullivan's iPhone
15:12
doing a virtual civil legal clinic using zoom.
Tracy Hannan
16:42
Sarah, what civil legal clinic are you doing? I'm in a coporate legal department and am interested in these types of opportunities.
sandy ballard
17:07
Me too! Can you share with group???
Tracy Hannan
17:07
*corporate
JHoward
17:09
We are having a planning meeting tomorrow with our Family Court to put together a training on what to expect for hearings now
Kathleen Legendre
17:42
That is a great idea!
Cari
17:54
It would be great to have some guidance on that!
marcia
18:43
definitely a drop in cases but we expect that to change soon; increase in shared parenting cases and DV
Samantha Howell
19:10
we've received several complaints about civil liberties violations; and I've heard of several arrests of stay-in-place orders that may cause some issues down the roada
Samantha Howell
19:15
road*
Patricia Fain
19:33
Enforcement of parenting plans
Patricia Fain
19:43
Because of COVID-19 exposure
Cari
19:55
In Atlanta we're seeing increased issues with illegal evictions and extended stay hotels. also definitely parenting plan issues
Cristal Robinson Robinson Law - Mediation - Consulting
20:28
We are seeing that in Charlotte too.
Karen Grisez
20:59
This is the other side of the coin but I am having an uptick in volunteer lawyers at my Firm due to decreased work load, and am scrambling to connect them with appropriate opportunities quickly. Also logistically harder to get new case files, connect with clients for intake interviews and get engagement letters signed by clients without computer or internet access.
Jesse
21:28
We at The Pro Bono Project in New Orleans are anticipating an influx of personal bankruptcies due to the hit to our tourism and service industries.
Samantha Howell
21:42
Good point, Karen! I've heard from several firms that there is an increase in desire for pro bono work
JHoward
22:15
We are - we wrote submitted an article to our Bar Association's publication putting out a call for help because we expect an explosion in landlord/tenant, mortgage foreclosure, unemployment appeals and bankruptcy cases as well as protection order and custody cases.
Patricia Fain
22:53
Examining remote mediation training for previously trained pro bono mediators (and researching and evaluating best practices for pro bono mediation providers.)
Samantha Howell
23:12
It would be great if the ABA could coordinate trainings nationwide in these areas to get a cadre of pro bono folks prepped to hit the ground running next month
Jessica Kitson
23:14
Yes to anticipating increased bankruptcy requests. But for most people it would be a mistake to file until they are likely to be in a more financially secure situation (job prospect, etc.). Otherwise they will start to accrue more debt after the bankruptcy but won’t be able to file again for 8 more years.
Michaela Azemi
23:24
Similar to Karen's point on that side of the coin, I'm the Director of Pro Bono Services & Externships at Cornell Law School and I have a large number of law students who are interested in helping with covid-relief effort (pro bono remote research projects, short or long-term).
David Trevaskis--PA Bar
24:54
A couple of our Pennsylvania law schools are talking of ramping up new classes in bankruptcy for the fall thinking that will be a big area of future work.
sandy ballard
25:39
Can Sarah please explain does she create "rooms" in Zoom or was she talking about physical rooms?
marcia
26:49
We're planning our Ask-A-Lawyer at the local veterans Honor Center this Saturday. It will be telephonic b/c they do not have video conferencing capabilities and will not allow any "outsiders" into the facility. They are sending me the applications of the residents in need of services and I'm assigning to appropriate volunteer attorneys who will have phone conferences. Law students are volunteering and will be conferenced in to take notes. Should be advice & brief services. We'll see.
Samantha Howell
28:01
We are also doing a remote MLP this week. We will "sit" in a Zoom meeting for specific hours and the doctor, who is also meeting with patients virtually, will give families a link to our "room" so they can talk with us, should they desire.
Eliza Vorenberg
30:46
Is Zoom Rooms different from the Breakout Room option?
Karen Grisez
30:58
I attended a Zoom meeting recently that had a plenary session first, and then breakout sessions with people going into separate rooms, and then a return to all together. I was an attender so don't know how to set it up but it worked great.
Sarah Sullivan's iPhone
33:15
training link: support.zoom.us. there is a button for zoom rooms.
Cari
35:31
We are still working on a public benefits call project, utilizing staff and volunteers to call clients and talk through the new/different benefits, how to apply, etc. We are coordinating with Georgia Legal Services on trainings for COVID issues
Patricia Fain
36:51
Exploring using attorneys to provide virtual public education on the various legal challenges/questions related to COVID. This also provides a head start to any pro bono attorneys.
Kiva Zytnick
41:05
Relatedly, if anyone would like law student pro bono assistance, big or small, please contact me! https://wetheaction.org/projects/514-sponsor-supervise-pro-bono-opportunities-for-law-students
Michaela Azemi
42:07
I second Kiva! If you need pro bono remote legal assistance from Cornell law students, please reach out to me ma688@cornell.edu. Thanks!
Lauren Worsek (DePaul)
44:59
We also have fantastic students at DePaul Law who can help with pro bono work! E-mail me at lworsek@depaul.edu
Cristal Robinson Robinson Law - Mediation - Consulting
45:42
RAISE hand or Reaction
Kathleen Legendre
45:55
We love it!
Cari
46:20
My particular unit uses ClickUp
Laren Spirer
46:22
FYI -- I just stumbled across this while on the call (hat tip to Claudia Johnson of Pro Bono Net): https://www.lawsitesblog.com/2020/04/this-video-conferencing-app-is-purpose-built-for-lawyers-and-its-free.html
Michaela Azemi
46:36
we also use asana which is a fantastic project management software (and free!) https://app.asana.com/
C.C. Kahr
47:32
Pro Bono Project in New Orleans uses slack. It's been a great way to stay connected and chat throughout the day.
Cristal Robinson Robinson Law - Mediation - Consulting
48:38
Is anyone looking at using a Practice Management Software to get information to clients?
C.C. Kahr
50:51
Anyone out there struggling with the decision to reschedule planned fundraisers?
Asia H
51:09
In wait ways are you all staying engaged with volunteers?
Sylvia Hahn
52:08
We rescheduled our June 15 golf tournament to early August. It was a difficult decision, but I'm glad we made that decision.
JHoward
53:07
We rescheduled our golf tournament as well. We have also delayed the official kickoff of our annual combined campaign to the middle of May.
marcia
59:24
You can text from Legal Server. we're able to now send applications and retainers for electronic signatures
Cari
59:36
newsletters!
C.C. Kahr
59:43
videos and emails
Karen Grisez
01:01:01
And recording those webinars for people to watch later helps them engage even if not available at the live time.
Lucy’s iPhone
01:02:23
we are having our Give for good in our Shreveport pro bono
Lucy’s iPhone
01:02:30
on May 5th
Eliza Vorenberg
01:03:49
Thank you very much. These calls are very helpful!
Lucy’s iPhone
01:04:03
thank you so much !!!
Center for Pro Bono
01:04:08
Next Call Tuesday April 21 at 2pmET/1pmCT
Rashida West
01:04:13
thank you!
Jennifer Tschirch
01:04:21
Yes, thanks all!
Samantha Howell
01:04:21
Thank you everyone!!!
Center for Pro Bono
01:04:23
Thanks all, see you soon!
Lauren Worsek (DePaul)
01:04:23
Thank you!
peggy monette
01:04:28
Thank you!