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December 2013 - Pro Bono Edition

December 2013 – Pro Bono Edition

Highlights of the December 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles on pro bono assistance for Contra Costa residents, children, students, seniors and the disabled.

Pro Bono for CCC Residents: Bay Area Legal Aid

Pro Bono for CCC Residents: Bay Area Legal Aid

The urgent legal needs of Contra Costa’s more than 200,000 impoverished residents are met by BayLegal.

Pro Bono for Children: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Pro Bono for Children: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASA volunteers prevent children from becoming lost in an overburdened legal and child welfare system.

Pro Bono for Students: Center for Economic and Civic Education

Pro Bono for Students: Center for Economic and Civic Education

The CESQD creates and organizes the moot court competition as an arena for students to hone and showcase their analytical, persuasive and speaking skills.

Pro Bono for Seniors: Free and Low-Cost Legal Services

Pro Bono for Seniors: Free and Low-Cost Legal Services

There are numerous ways to become involved and make a difference for seniors. Your participation is a vital and valued component of improving their quality of life.

Pro Bono for the Disabled: Rubicon Programs

Pro Bono for the Disabled: Rubicon Programs

Rubicon Legal Services team empowers clients to access health insurance, housing, jobs and financial stability.

The Ethics of Pro Bono Service

The Ethics of Pro Bono Service

With approximately 1.2 million or more lawyers in the country, if even half did the ABA proposed and California recommended 50 hours a year, that would mean 30 million lawyer-hours a year devoted to those in need.

Pro Bono Spotlight: Katzen & Schuricht aim to preserve important bankruptcy law principle

In Wolfe v. Jacobson (In re Jacobson), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8103 (9th Cir. Apr. 23, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that bankruptcy debtors who successfully asserted a homestead exemption nevertheless lost the protected layer of value (here, $150,000), because a judgment creditor forced a postpetition execution sale of the house, and the debtors failed to reinvest their share of the proceeds in a new dwelling within six months. The court effectively reasoned that whenever a California exemption is allowed in a bankruptcy case, the debtor’s right to postpetition proceeds from the exempt value is subject to California’s time-limited protection of proceeds.

Thank You for Your Support of the Elder Law Center and the Law Center’s Pro Bono Efforts!

The Law Center (“TLC”), and the Elder Law Center (“ELC”), along with its Board of Directors would like to gratefully thank all the Members of the

Nevin, Ramos & Steele with Sam Sepehr

Nevin, Ramos & Steele: Pro Bono Champions Provide a Home for the Elder Law Center

This year’s rescue of the Elder Law Center (ELC) was quite a feat, requiring the dedication of many organizations and even more individual members of the Contra Costa legal community.

Originally known as the Elder Law …

Improving Legal Education: Practical Lawyering Skills

Improving Legal Education: Practical Lawyering Skills

More than five years ago, the JFK law faculty determined that the traditional doctrinal law curriculum was not sufficient to meet the educational needs of its students. Courses designed to provide training in practical lawyering skills throughout the course of study have been added to the curriculum.

Collaboration is the Key to Protecting Seniors in Contra Costa County

Collaboration is the Key to Protecting Seniors in Contra Costa County

As most of you know, Contra Costa County has scheduled Elder Court calendars nearly every Tuesday morning since 2008 to handle financial, physical, or emotional abuse cases affecting Contra Costa adults age 65 and older.

Election Protection: Lawyers and Law Students Protecting the Right to Vote

Election Protection: Lawyers and Law Students Protecting the Right to Vote

Election Day is fast approaching. With less than three months to go, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is mobilizing legal volunteers nationwide to lead Election Protection, the country’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Election Protection was formed in 2001 to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy. Through the dedication of attorneys, law students, and paralegals around the country Election Protection is able to provide voters with comprehensive and immediate assistance on Election Day. This service has been instrumental in helping Americans all over the country to exercise their right to vote for the past decade.

Prison of Peace: Teaching Conflict Resolution to Convicts

Prison of Peace: Teaching Conflict Resolution to Convicts

The program has changed the lives of these women and they are now duplicating the work among other prisoners.

Meet Your 2014 Section Leaders

Meet Your 2014 Section Leaders

Meet the chairs of our 20 sections and find out why you should join…

Grow Your Business with LRIS

Grow Your Business with LRIS

We do the marketing for you: We get over 12,000 calls each year from people who are looking for legal representation.

Inside Guest Column: December 2013

Inside Guest Column: December 2013

This month we celebrate giving back to our community. Not surprisingly, our members serve others in more ways than we could have imagined.

A Meeting to Remember

A Meeting to Remember

The meeting of the Board of Governors of the State Bar in October promises to be one of great significance. The board will consider some proposals that could have a large impact on the practice of law.

Join Us: Gala in Support of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

Please join us at this year’s BAR FUND Gala in Support of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services, taking place on Thursday, September 19th from 6-8 pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel.

The Future of Law in Admissions to the California State Bar

The Future of Law in Admissions to the California State Bar

The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California charged the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform with examining whether the State Bar of California should develop a regulatory requirement for a pre-admission practical skills training program and, if so, proposing such a program for submission to the Supreme Court.