#GivingTuesday
Nov
29
9:00am 9:00am

#GivingTuesday

SAVE THE DATE!

The fifth annual #GivingTuesday will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016!

Consider giving to Volunteer Lawyers of Justice (VLJ) later this month, to support the work of our staff and dedicated pro bono attorneys - working together to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice and pro bono representation  - EVERY DAY!

It is only through the assistance of VLJ’s committed volunteers and generous supporters that our staff is able to make this goal a reality for so many low-income families in New Jersey with critical unmet legal needs.

OVER THE LAST YEAR, PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT HELPED VLJ:

  • Provide $2.2 million worth of free legal services to underserved and vulnerable client populations
  • Serve over 3,500 disadvantaged children and families with legal matters
  • Secure a victory in the first ever vacatur case for a victim of human trafficking in New Jersey
  • Increase our legal education seminar program; VLJ sponsored 44 free legal seminars which helped educate 1,139 people
  • Sponsor 23 continuing legal education courses, serving 313 potential volunteers
  • And more!

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to VLJ are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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Sep
30
9:00am 9:00am
CLE

School Discipline: Defending Students and Advocating for Alternatives to Exclusion

This program is co-sponsored by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (vljnj.org) and the Education Law Center (edlawcenter.org). It will provide a practical overview of handling school discipline cases. Topics will include the relevant laws and the legal rights of students and parents/guardians within the education context, disciplining a student with special needs, challenging school discipline decisions, and re-entering schools from juvenile justice.

This training is designed to prepare attorneys to represent students who are facing exclusionary discipline imposed by their schools and is geared towards attorneys who are willing to provide pro bono services to such clients and are unfamiliar with this area of the law.

FEE WAIVED FOR ATTORNEYS WHO AGREE TO TAKE ONE FULL REPRESENTATION CASE THROUGH VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR JUSTICE OVER THE NEXT YEAR. If you intend to volunteer, please indicate so by applying promo code VLJPROBONO321 and the fee waiver will be confirmed when you sign in.

NJ CLE Information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.5 hours of total CLE credit.

Faculty:Shira Baron | Equal Justice Works Fellow | Education Law Center
Sean Benoit | Staff Attorney | Disability Rights New Jersey
Ariana Fink | Fellow | Child Advocacy Clinic | Rutgers Law School
David R. Giles | Attorney at Law
Jessica Limbacher | Staff Attorney | Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Rebecca Livengood | Skadden Fellow | American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

Location:Rutgers Law School
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Credits:CLE: NJ: 4.5 | NY: 4.5 | PA: 3.5

Subject Areas:Education Law
Student Rights
Special Education
Juvenile 

Cost:$100.00

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Criminal Reentry: Providing a Second Chance through Expungement and Driver's License Restoration
Sep
13
1:30pm 1:30pm

Criminal Reentry: Providing a Second Chance through Expungement and Driver's License Restoration

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This program will identify legal barriers that individuals with criminal backgrounds commonly face and focus on the legal relief necessary to ensure successful community and family reunification. Topics will include New Jersey expungement law, including recent amendments effective this year, and driver's license restoration, with particular focus on municipal suspensions and inability to pay child support. 

The training will be geared towards attorneys who are willing to provide pro bono services through VLJ's ReLeSe Program.

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Mar
16
9:00am 9:00am
CLE

CLE: Nuts and Bolts of Representing Children in Special Education Matters

This training is designed to serve as a primer for attorneys interested in representing students in pro bono special education matters.  It is geared towards attorneys who have little to no experience in this area of law.

Topics include:

  • ·        The Right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • ·        Educational Evaluations
  • ·        Overview of Individualized Education Programs(IEPs)
  • ·        Due Process Complaints and Hearings
  • ·        Remedies

CLE Credit Hours: 7.0 NJ    7.0 NY    6.0 P.A                    
Registration Fee: $150

FEE WAIVED FOR ATTORNEYS WHO AGREE TO TAKE ONE FULL REPRESENTATION CASE THROUGH VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR JUSTICE OVER THE NEXT YEARIf you intend to volunteer, please indicate so by applying promo code PROBONO and the fee waiver will be processed when you sign in at the training. 

Register at www.rutgerscle.com

 VLJ's mission is to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged people in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice and pro bono representation with the goal of securing fair and equal treatment within the legal system. It is only through the assistance of VLJ's committed volunteers and community partners that VLJ is able to make that goal a reality.

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