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Texas, Florida, South Carolina/North Carolina Offices: Immigration/Custody – Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion (“IMUMI"), a nonprofit based in Mexico, is seeking pro bono legal counsel for four U.S. children living in Mexico who need court orders obtained in El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Sumter, South Carolina; and Osceola County, Florida to change their U.S. birth certificates so that they can register their dual nationality in Mexico and access social services in Mexico. They are also seeking counsel for a mother who was deported to Mexico and hasn’t seen her children, who live in North Carolina, for six years. She has a joint custody order from before she was deported that only allows the children to visit her in the United States. The children’s father was also deported, and the children are now living with the father’s partner, who has no legal custody.   If you have attorneys interested in any of these matters, please contact: Anna Joseph at [email protected]

2019-05-23T08:40:36-05:00May 23rd, 2019|

Texas, Florida, South Carolina/North Carolina Offices: Immigration/Custody - Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion ("IMUMI"), a nonprofit based in Mexico, is seeking pro bono legal counsel for four U.S. children living in Mexico who [...]

Show your support for DC Bar President Susie Hoffman!   Susie will be sworn in as DC Bar President on June 11, the first APBCo member to hold the position.  As incoming DC Bar President, she will also become President of the Board of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center, a separate nonprofit entity that is not supported by DC Bar dues.  One of her responsibilities in this role is to help raise funds for the DC Bar Presidents’ Reception which constitutes one third of the Pro Bono Center’s budget for the year.  The Center is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in DC and takes a multi-pronged approach to meeting the unmet legal needs in the DC community.     We are reaching out to you as APBCo members to ask that you consider making a donation to the DC Bar Pro Bono Center in connection with the upcoming President’s Reception honoring Susie.  APBCo members have already collectively donated almost $10,000 dollars, an inspiring figure.  If we can collectively raise another $6,000 in contributions, APBCo will be listed at the very front of the program at the Pacesetters Sponsorship Level.  In addition, all APBCo members who contribute $250 or more will also be recognized individually in the program book.  We know Susie would be humbled and deeply touched to see such a show of support from the APBCo community.      There are 3 ways to contribute:   – You can go to dcbar.org to contribute using your DC bar password. – You can contribute over PayPal using the link below.  Please add a comment that your contribution is in honor of Susie Hoffman.  – You can write a check payable to the “DC Bar Pro Bono Center” and mail it to 2019 Presidents’ Reception, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, 901 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Mention APBCo in the comment field.    Thank you in advance for your willingness to contribute, both to honor Susie for her 30 years leading the pro bono effort and to support a worthy cause.   Paul Lee, Marsha Tucker, Ted Howard, Lisa Dewey, Kitty Wach, and Tiana Russell

2019-05-22T16:44:14-05:00May 22nd, 2019|

Show your support for DC Bar President Susie Hoffman!   Susie will be sworn in as DC Bar President on June 11, the first APBCo member to hold the position.  As incoming DC Bar President, she [...]

Sadly, a very nice non-profit in a low-income area of Los Angeles is having financial difficulty and needs to close down its operation.  The organization is looking for counsel to guide them through the wind-down process.  If you have corporate lawyers in your Southern California area offices who are available to help, please let me know.   The organization has been providing students with support during out-of-school hours, offering enrichment programs to help keep kids safe and successful in underserved areas in and around Los Angeles.   Happy to provide names for conflict purposes and contact information if your firm is interested.   Thank you!   David David A. Lash [email protected] 213-430-8366

2019-05-22T15:41:51-05:00May 22nd, 2019|

Sadly, a very nice non-profit in a low-income area of Los Angeles is having financial difficulty and needs to close down its operation.  The organization is looking for counsel to guide them through the wind-down [...]

Education Case Expenses – If you work on education law matters, can you let me know whether or not you pay for the educational testing that might be required?  Any information around your policies and procedures around this issue would be most appreciated.  Thanks! Carolyn

2019-05-22T10:23:03-05:00May 22nd, 2019|

Education Case Expenses - If you work on education law matters, can you let me know whether or not you pay for the educational testing that might be required?  Any information around your policies and [...]

REPRESENTION OF HOUSING COOPERATIVE IN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING BEFORE DC OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS   Through its Housing Cooperative Preservation Initiative, NLSP provides legal services to various low-equity housing cooperatives located in the District of Columbia, to help them remain viable and retain their properties as long-term affordable housing. This matter involves NLSP’s representation of a housing cooperative that is located in the highly-gentrified 14th-and-U Streets neighborhood. We are in search of pro bono assistance to dispute an adverse finding made by DC’s Office of Human Rights (“OHR") after an initial investigation.   In particular, a member of the cooperative filed a complaint with OHR alleging that the cooperative violated the DC Human Rights Act (the "Act") by discriminating on the basis of marital status during his efforts to sell his share and the right to occupy a two-bedroom unit in the building. The member claimed that the cooperative’s policy of a minimum household size of more than one person for larger units discriminated against unmarried individuals and unduly delayed the sale of his unit. The board members of the cooperative strongly assert that this policy does not express a discriminatory preference between married and unmarried people, and that the cooperative’s practices supported its mandate as an affordable housing provider. As 2- and 3-bedroom units are increasingly rare in the District’s stock of affordable housing, the cooperative simply wanted to make most use of its larger units. The member is seeking financial damages from the cooperative.   Notwithstanding weeks of negotiations and efforts by the cooperative to resolve this matter in good faith, the parties were unable to settle. Accordingly, OHR has forwarded the case to DC’s 15-member Commission on Human Rights, which will adjudicate the dispute and arrive at a decision. The cooperative anticipates that a status conference will be scheduled in May, with discovery to begin shortly thereafter. The cooperative seek representation through conclusion of the administrative proceeding.   NLSP staff are committed to the merits of the cooperative’s defense and are available to assist in adjudicating the case. However, they do not have the capacity to first-chair this administrative litigation, and thus are seeking a law firm to take it on, with the cooperative as the firm’s client. Two litigators — a partner or other senior lawyer, and a more junior lawyer — should be able to handle this. They need not have substantial knowledge, let alone experience, with the Act; although such knowledge/experience would, of course, be useful. Elizabeth Floyd, the NLSP attorney on this case, is well informed about the procedural history and facts of the case and can remain involved as co-counsel if the firm would so desire.   For more information about this case, please contact Bradford Voegeli either by phone at 202-800-2158 or via e-mail at [email protected] 

2019-05-21T10:38:17-05:00May 21st, 2019|

REPRESENTION OF HOUSING COOPERATIVE IN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING BEFORE DC OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS   Through its Housing Cooperative Preservation Initiative, NLSP provides legal services to various low-equity housing cooperatives located in the District of Columbia, [...]

New York offices: Make the Road is in need of representation on a subpoena in a current case pending in federal district court in Manhattan. Originally MTR was a plaintiff but it was dismissed, and has since been served with a broad subpoena that calls for sensitive information including client information. The suit is a civil RICO against two immigration attorneys who defrauded MTR clients. We lack capacity. If you are interested in more info please email me offline. Thanks. Jennifer

2019-05-20T11:43:03-05:00May 20th, 2019|

New York offices: Make the Road is in need of representation on a subpoena in a current case pending in federal district court in Manhattan. Originally MTR was a plaintiff but it was dismissed, and [...]

NYC Arts Organization Needs Help Responding to Trademark-Related Cease & Desist by Monday   I know this is a tight deadline, but does anyone have a trademark attorney who would be able to provide some quick advice to a NYC arts organization regarding a trademark-related cease and desist letter the organization received? The cease and desist alleges a trademark infringement in connection with a play the nonprofit organization is currently showing. The letter demands a response by Monday.   Unfortunately our small number of trademark attorneys do not have capacity under the short timeline. If you might be able to assist and would like more information, please email me – [email protected]   Thanks!

2019-05-17T12:29:12-05:00May 17th, 2019|

NYC Arts Organization Needs Help Responding to Trademark-Related Cease & Desist by Monday   I know this is a tight deadline, but does anyone have a trademark attorney who would be able to provide some quick [...]