Equal Justice Conference 2010

I will be attending the 2010 Equal Justice Conference along with others from South Carolina. While there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the conference due to Arizona’s recent immigration legislation, the conference brings together a lot of impressive minds working toward equal justice for all. I look forward to reporting to you some of the innovations and ideas that come out of the conference.

Stay tuned.

-RFW

PS – You can tune in the Twitter conversation from the conversation by searching #ejcaz.

HUD Provides Guidance re: Reporting by Victim Service Providers

An E-Alert via NLADA led me to the HUD’s online Guidance on HPRP Subgrantee Data Collection and Reporting for Victim Service Providers. This is important so as to preserve the integrity of the safety for victims of domestic violence.

 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) states that grantees receiving Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re‐Housing Program1 (HPRP) grants “shall collect data on the use of funds awarded and persons served with this assistance in HUD’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or other comparable database.” (ARRA, p. 107) HPRP subgrantees (including organizations providing HPRP assistance under contract with a subgrantee) must also meet this requirement.

HUD has determined that HPRP subgrantees that are victim service providers as defined by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109‐162) (VAWA) should NOT enter data directly in HMIS and must use a “comparable database.” VAWA defines a victim service provider as a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization including rape crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, domestic violence transitional housing programs, and other programs whose primary mission is to provide services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

-RFW

Neither Sleet nor Snow nor Hurricanes nor Tornadoes . . .

Sleet Snow Hurricane Tornado
Sleet Snow Hurricane Tornado

Remember the Post Office slogan starting with “Neither Sleet nor Snow. . .?” Sure, but did you know that  there is a site for National Disaster Legal Aid that will provide legal services to individuals during and after disasters?

The site is a collaboration of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), and Pro Bono Net.

In case you missed our earlier post, be sure to add this site to your emergency preparation list.

And, keep in mind that nothing works better in a disaster than preparation.

-RFW

Day 2: EJC – so far . . .

Ok, there’s a quick break in between sessions and yes, my last session ended a few minutes early. And before I forget, yes I’m addicted to blogging. SO, here’s the latest update.

Today I have been able to see friends from home – Tom Trent, Andrea Loney, Shannon Scruggs and Pamela Robinson – as well as friends from other places – Louis Rulli, Richard Zorza, my fellow ATJers and others. Some I’ve only met via cyberspace – Claudia Johnson, it was nice to finally meet you in person!

And, here are the photos from the morning.

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CIMG4565good crowd at the Plenary

CIMG4566exhibits before the crowd hits . . .

CIMG4567Lawyers and Social Workers Workings Together: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

CIMG4570ATJ Lunch Roundtable (sans table)

CIMG4572more round (no table)

CIMG4573Fostering Information Sharing and Collaboration to Maximize Successful Team and Partnership Efforts

CIMG4576stay tuned . . .

-RFW

Day 1: Equal Justice Conference

Jeff from Wisconsin
Jeff from Wisconsin

See Jeff‘s Big Smile? It’s due to the announcement of the establishment of the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission – TODAY!

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Just a few more minutes before Sue Talia’s session starts. Lots of networking going on.

2009EJC 004Cheryl Zalenski just about to sit down as Sue Talia starts the discussion about Limited Scope Representation aka Unbundled Legal Representation.

2009EJC 005The Unbundled Discussion continues!

2009EJC 006And more . . .

2009EJC 009Everybody’s listening and is happy!

2009EJC 011Introducing Sharon Browning and the National Celebration of Pro Bono – October 25-31, 2009. The website is relatively new and has TONS of useful info. Check it out here. And while you’re there, sign up for the updates.

2009EJC 016Steve Scudder provides more details about the Celebrate Pro Bono event.

I can’t wait for Day 2.

-RFW

SC Access to Justice: Orlando-bound!

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Next week the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA) is hosting the 2009 Equal Justice Conference in Orlando and SC Access to Justice will be in attendance.

This is a great place to learn about innovations around the country and share knowledge with others interested in civil poverty law.

Stay tuned for updates via Twitter and on the blog. And, yes, I’ll have the camera and maybe even some videos to share.

-RFW

NLADA Beacon of Justice Award Nominations Open Until May 15th

Beacon of Justice

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Original artwork by RFW, copyright 4-14-09

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)Wishes to Honor Law Firms Who Have Provided Pro Bono Representation in Partnership with a Legal Aid Program to Disadvantaged Families in Foreclosure Proceedings

What is the Beacon of Justice Award?

NLADA is honoring law firms across the country who have, in partnership with a legal aid program, provided pro bono representation to low-income families in foreclosure proceedings.

If you know of a law firm that has provided a significant percentage of their total pro bono hours representation disadvantaged families in foreclosure proceedings, then the law firm is eligible to receive the 2009 Beacon of Justice Award.

The Beacon of Justice Award acknowledges the critical role that pro bono efforts play in ensuring equal access to justice.

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is pleased to recognize law firms that have provided an exemplary commitment to providing pro bono services to disadvantaged families facing foreclosure proceedings.

How to Apply for the Beacon of Justice Award?

Click here for 2009 Beacon of Justice Application.

-RFW