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OCTOBER 2013 NEWSLETTER - LAFLA Volunteer
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LAFLA Trainings for National Pro Bono Week Celebration
 
National Pro Bono Week is dedicated to showcasing those that make a difference to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve. In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, along with Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), Korean American Bar Association (KABA), Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), Thai American Bar Association (TABA), South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of LA County (APABA) are hosting two CLE trainings to encourage more attorneys to help meet the dire legal needs of LAFLA's clients.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
1102 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Cost: $10 for dinner
Pay at
http://apawla.org/node/112

Unlawful Detainer / Eviction Defense Training
This 1.5-hour training will provide an overview of landlord/tenant law, procedures and defenses related to unlawful detainer proceedings, and the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance as it relates to evictions. Attorneys will have the opportunity to take on eviction defense cases and appear at trial. The volunteer commitment is approximately 30 to 50 hours. The trainer is Tamara Kinyanjui, Attorney in the Eviction Defense Unit at LAFLA.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order & VAWA Training
This 2-hour training will provide an overview of (1) the Domestic Violence Protection Act and how to represent a client at a Restraining Order hearing and (2) an overview of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) laws and how to represent a client with a VAWA petition. LAFLA assists domestic violence survivors to obtain initial restraining orders. These orders are usually obtained without notice to the abuser and are in force for a short time. These hearings offer a unique opportunity for pro bono attorneys to changes lives, while obtaining courtroom experience. VAWA petitions allow victims of domestic violence to obtain legal status and other benefits not normally available to them. Pro Bono attorneys will have the opportunity to assist victims with preparing VAWA petitions which normally do not require a court appearance. The average volunteer time commitment for Domestic Violence cases is 10 to 20 hours during a one to one-and-a-half month period. The average volunteer time commitment for VAWA cases is 30 to 50 hours during a one-year period. The trainers for this session are Ann Kim and Joann Lee, who are attorneys in the API Unit at LAFLA.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
LAFLA is the oldest and one of the largest frontline law firms for more than 2 million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 80 years, LAFLA has been providing civil legal services to poor and low-income people through six neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics and four Self-Help Legal Access Centers. LAFLA is the first place that thousands of poor people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health and livelihood. Nearly 12,000 individuals and families are provided with legal services annually and an additional 35,000 litigants are helped through LAFLA's Self-Help Legal Access Centers. Another 20,000 are assisted through referrals, workshops and community outreach activities.
 
More information at www.lafla.org.

 
 
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