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Walk-In Clinic for DACA Renewals
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10/02/2017 - 2:30pm to 7:00pm
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Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Walk-in clinic for DACA renewals for current DACA recipients whose employment cards expire prior to March 5, 2018.

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Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: Introduction and Impact on Communities of Color
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10/04/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Webinar

America’s justice system is increasingly financed by the imposition of heavy fines, fees, and costs on individuals accused of crimes and civil infractions. The costs are disproportionately born by the poor and people of color. This webinar will provide an overview of criminal justice debt as an urgent racial justice problem. It will outline key policy reforms and provide an overview of consumer, constitutional, and criminal litigation issues that arise with criminal justice debt.

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The Advocacy Gap: Meeting the Urgent Need for Counsel to Represent Individuals in Criminal Debt Proceedings
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10/10/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Webinar

Too often, individuals who owe criminal justice debt lack counsel who can help them navigate the system and avoid the severe penalties often imposed for nonpayment—from garnishment to suspension of a driver’s license to incarceration. This webinar will discuss the advocacy gap, ways in which civil attorneys can provide impactful representation, opportunities and limitations that civil legal aid- funded attorneys face, and legal and policy arguments for a right to counsel.

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Tax Law for Legal Aid Attorneys
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10/11/2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
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Online Presentation

Tax law is probably not the first legal specialty that comes to mind when you think of poverty law practice, but tax questions pop up frequently in legal aid offices, particularly in family law, debt, and social security cases. What does a non-tax lawyer need to know about tax law for legal aid clients?

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Access to Justice Commission Meeting
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10/12/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Social Law Library of the Supreme Judicial Court, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA
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Using Bankruptcy Law to Aid Criminal Justice Debtors
Date: 
10/17/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Webinar

For criminal justice debtors, bankruptcy can be a powerful tool. It can eliminate the obligation to repay certain criminal justice debts or provide an orderly mechanism for repaying certain debts that cannot be discharged. Bankruptcy can also open the door to relief, such as expungement, record sealing, or restoration of a driver's license, that may otherwise be unavailable due to outstanding criminal debt. This webinar provides an overview of the application of bankruptcy law to criminal justice debt.

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The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2017
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10/23/2017 - 9:00am
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Asking the right questions in the right way can start your attorney-client relationship off on the right note and prevent unnecessary frustration. Interviewing skills are especially important when working with pro bono clients who have had limited experience with the legal system or face other barriers. PLI's online course, The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2017, will be offered once again this fall for attorneys who seek to improve their skills in interviewing pro bono clients.

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