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Volunteer Resources!

August 12 
Volunteers,
 
Many of you serve without any background or training in poverty law other than that which your volunteer experience has provided. This is commendable, and as they say, "Experience is the best teacher." But in the same way we have “the pastors and teachers to equip [us] for works of service," Ep. 4:12, you have the CLADC staff and other local legal aid resources to equip you for works of legal aid service. To that end, I want to inform you of various measures by which to be further equipped:
  1. CLADC’s Dropbox Library. Contains dozens of CLE materials/guidebooks and over 50 forms and sample pleadings in nine different areas of law, 13 sets of court and administrative agency rules, and rules and opinions regarding pro bono practice in DC.
  2. DC Bar Pro Bono Center. Conducts free comprehensive trainings for legal professionals who wish to provide pro bono services in DC. The 2016 Fall Pro Bono Training Schedule is coming soon!
  3. Probono.net/dc. Supports public interest and pro bono lawyers and students with an extensive library of training videos, written materials, model pleadings, and relevant case law, among other things. Membership is free for those working for or volunteering with legal aid providers. I highly recommend it. 
  4. Legal Aid Summit, Christian Legal Society’s 2016 National ConferenceOct. 20, 2016. CLS’s Legal Aid Summit will take place on the first day of its four-day National Conference between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost of this full day of CLEs, workshops, networking, fellowship, and lunch is just $75. Register here
  5. CLADC’s How to More Effectively Share the Gospel, and Work with the Mentally Ill, During Clinics,” Oct. 29, 2016. Conducted by public defender Seth Doherty and forensic psychologist Lisa-Marie Doherty.  More details coming soon. 
  6. CLADC’s Volunteer Orientation, Nov. 13, 2016. CLADC’s quarterly Volunteer Orientation instructs on the mission of CLADC, the need for legal aid, ethical considerations, and consultation pointers, as well as providing a primer on 2-3 substantive areas of poverty law. To register, please email me at rob.rose@christianlegalaid-dc.org.
While this list is far from exhaustive, it makes up our personal favorites. Feel free to ask us any questions or to let us know of additional ways you believe we can assist you in your pro bono practice. 

Thanks for your continued support of CLADC and its clients. Have a great weekend! 

-Rob
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