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Upcoming CLEs

 “Assisting Juvenile Immigrants”
May 17, 2017

The number of unaccompanied minors to the Pittsburgh area has increased since 2012. Most of these children are in removal proceedings (being deported) and in desperate need of pro bono representation to assist with proceedings in immigration and family court. Jewish Family & Children’s Service in partnership with the ACBF Pro Bono Center will present a CLE program for attorneys who may be interested in assisting these children either in family court, immigration court, or both.

You will be given an overview of how the immigration court and family court intersect for these children. You will learn how to draft petitions to obtain a confirmation of custody order in Allegheny County. You will also learn how to prepare and file an application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Adjustment of Status before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. You will be given tips on the use of interpreters when interviewing clients, cultural sensitivity training, and ways to identify ethics issues in dealing with minor children as clients.

The CLE will be presented by Joyce Gallagher Ramirez, Esq. and Hilary Spatz, Esq. and will be held on May 17, 2017, 8:00-11:00 a.m., at the offices of the ACBA, 436 Seventh Avenue, 400 Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The CLE is free to volunteers who agree to take a case.

Contact Jamie Englert at jenglert@jfcspgh for more information. Click here to register online or contact Jamie for a registration form.



 “Name Change Project”
May 11, 2017

For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing transgender individuals with adequate legal representation, the pro bono Name Change Project ensures that they can successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.

The Name Change Project invites you to learn about how to represent low-income transgender individuals in the name change process in Allegheny County. The program will be held on May 18, 2017, 9:30-11:00 a.m., at Reed Smith, 225 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To register contact Kyle R. Bahr at



 “Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protective Orders”
June 2, 2017

This course trains attorneys to obtain final protection from abuse orders (PFAs) for victims of domestic violence. It is open to all attorneys interested in volunteering for NLSA’s PFA program. The law firm of K&L Gates will host the training at 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, June 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (registration from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.). CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive, 1 ethics. REGISTRATION FEE: Free for attorneys or paralegals volunteering to take PFA referrals; $150 for non-volunteers; $50 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit.

Click here for a registration form or call Mary Ann Troper-Malley at 412-586-6134.