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Trainings for Community Advocates

The following is a list of upcoming trainings that may be of interest to legal advocates in Massachusetts who handle poverty law issues, or to social services advocates who help low-income clients seeking legal help and information. Click on the title of the training for more information, including location.
Training Description Date/Time
Using Bankruptcy Law to Aid Criminal Justice Debtors

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...

10/17/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2017

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...

10/23/2017 - 9:00am
SSI & SSDI Basics

Social Security disability programs continue to be a major source of cash and health benefits for individuals with disabilities. However, dealing with a large federal agency can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for an unrepresented claimant....

11/29/2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Basic Rules and Recent Changes in TAFDC, Massachusetts' Cash Assistance Program for Families

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the latest changes in TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash...

12/14/2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
State and Federal Veterans Benefits

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, veterans' lay advocates, legislative aides, and anyone else who wants to learn about the basics of state and federal veterans' benefits.

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01/16/2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Food Stamps/SNAP Nutrition Benefits: Advocacy 101

The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for thousands of Massachusetts residents. Families and individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP...

01/25/2018 - 9:30am to 12:15pm
Health Care Access in Changing Times

This training is designed to help attendees keep abreast of the many recent changes to Medicaid and other subsidized health programs affecting people under age 65. This program provides an overview of the eligibility requirements forMassHealth,...

02/13/2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Immigrants and Public Benefits Training

This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. The trainers include both immigration lawyers and legal experts in different public benefit programs....

03/08/2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
CORI - Basics of the Law for Community Service Providers & Legal Aid Advocates

This seminar provides an overview of the basics of the law pertaining to criminal offender record information (CORI) and updates on the law. This includes changes in the legal standard for sealing of cases in court as a result of a Supreme Judicial Court...

03/20/2018 - 9:30am to 12:15pm
Unemployment Insurance -- Helping Out-of-Work Clients Navigate the Unemployment System

Unemployment insurance (UI) is a critical safety net during periods of joblessness. This seminar provides you with the expertise you need to understand the UI system and to help your clients get the UI benefits to which they are legally entitled.

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03/20/2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Elder Benefits Programs

In these hard times, elders in Massachusetts depend on a variety of benefits programs to meet their income and health needs. These include income supplement programs, retirement benefits, home-based care services, and health care programs. This program...

04/18/2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

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