The BBA’s public service department is kicking off the start of the program year with a bang. With the help our sections, we have a number of fascinating pro bono trainings lined up for September. Take a look below for more information:
What You Need to Know About Naturalization: Pro Bono Preparation for Boston’s Citizenship Day
Monday, September 21, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
September 26, 2015 will be “Citizenship Day in Boston 2015″ with a goal of 250 citizenship applications. This training will prepare law students and attorneys to complete the 21 page citizenship application for applicants. The training will include an overview of citizenship, eligibility, the impact of a criminal history for an applicant, as well as important issues and red flags.
Representing Low-Income Taxpayers in Tax Court Training: Part One
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Don’t miss the opportunity to join the inaugural pro bono panel of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services and the Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School. Each year the United States Tax Court sees over 20,000 pro se taxpayers seeking relief from proposed or existing tax assessments. In this seminar, representatives from the IRS Counsel’s Office, the Office of Appeals, and the Court will demystify court procedures and prepare attorneys to provide pro bono representation to the 70 % of Tax Court petitioners who are unrepresented. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the IRS concerning how best to work with the agency, and from clinicians familiar with representing clients in these cases.
Justice for Trafficking Victims: Civil Litigation, Vacatur, Criminal Restitution and the Pro Bono Bar
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
In the United States, trafficking survivors rarely have access to justice. Trafficked persons have significant rights under U.S. law, but they cannot exercise these rights without competent legal counsel. Pro bono attorneys can change the game, allowing trafficking survivors to participate fully in criminal cases against traffickers, and in launching civil suits against the perpetrators. Martina Vandenberg, President and Founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, will lead a training on using federal law to obtain justice for trafficking survivors. The training will cover crime victims’ rights in federal criminal matters, criminal restitution orders for victims, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and civil litigation against traffickers in federal courts.
Keep an eye on our calendar because we have a number of other trainings in the pipeline for October and beyond!