As a group, we decided that one of the legal issues we wanted to tackle was landlord-tenant defense. We agreed that in order to promote and encourage attorneys to accept a pro bono case, they would need training. To that end, with the help of a grant from Trident United Way and our Board Member Dexter O’Connell, we hosted a Landlord-Tenant CLE in February with 118 attorneys and judges. From that CLE, dozens of attorneys have offered help with our pro bono efforts.
The organization offers education and services uniquely tailored for fathers trying to rebuild their lives and their families. We are excited to work with them by offering both educational sessions on fathers’ rights and follow-up clinics to provide one-on-one advice. Attorney Justin McGee is scheduled to conduct our first outreach program with them later this month.
This organization provides support and advocacy to abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers. Earlier this year, attorney Dana Adkins provided an educational seminar covering custodial rights, guardianship, and mediation to HALOS participants and volunteers. We’re planning on conducting this effort several more times throughout the year.
This self-help program promotes dignity and self-reliance. Earlier this year, with the help of attorneys Dana Fields, Stephanie Nodine, and Nina Cano Richards, we provided an educational seminar covering recent changes to the immigration policies. We also have two clinics in the works for late April where volunteer attorneys will provide no-cost legal services by preparing Power of Attorney documents, Health Care Power of Attorney forms, and Wills.
This residential community teaches academic and vocational skills to assist in the rehabilitation of criminals. Attorney David Aylor recently taught an expungement clinic to some of their participants. We’re looking forward to continued outreach programs there to include family law.