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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2013 (Free)

Released on: Oct. 17, 2013
Running Time: 03:13:40

Running Time Segment Title Faculty Format
[01:39:16] Overview of Administrative Hearing and Requesting and Preparing for Hearing Lisa Lunsford ~ Managing Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Dian Vorters ~ Administrative Law Judge, California Office of Administrative Hearings
Carole Vigne ~ Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services Program, Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
Jodie Berger ~ Regional Counsel, Legal Services of Northern California
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[01:31:40] Hearing and Post-Hearing Issues Lisa Lunsford ~ Managing Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Dian Vorters ~ Administrative Law Judge, California Office of Administrative Hearings
Carole Vigne ~ Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services Program, Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
Jodie Berger ~ Regional Counsel, Legal Services of Northern California
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The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. The increase trend of employers challenging all Unemployment Benefits claims has been combined with the explosion of UI claims during the recession. The recession and aging of the workforce has resulted in an increase in disability-based Social Security claims. Budget cuts and program changes have created a “perfect storm” for public assistance recipients, and delays in obtaining much needed benefits. Several significant changes to key benefits programs have occurred in recent years, imposing new complex rules. At the same time, county staff has shrunk, and experienced workers retired, increasing the occurrence of administrative errors and problems with client’s receipt of the benefits to which they are entitled. Legal Services also suffered staffing cuts, with reduced ability to represent clients in these cases. Unfortunately, many individuals who are owed desperately needed funds, or who have had their benefits improperly lowered or terminated, cannot make it through the appeals system without the benefit of legal counsel to guide them through the process or to vigorously defend against unlawful actions. As a result, families face the very real possibility of loss of income, hunger, homelessness, and overall family instability.

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing assistance with administrative appeals.

Lecture Topics 
[Total time 03:13:40]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.

  • Program Overview and Introductions* [00:02:44]
    Jodie Berger
  • Overview of Administrative Hearing and Requesting and Preparing for Hearing [01:39:16]
    Jodie Berger, Lisa Lunsford, Carole Vigne, Dian Vorters
  • Hearing and Post-Hearing Issues [01:31:40]
    Jodie Berger, Lisa Lunsford, Carole Vigne, Dian Vorters

Presentation Material

  • Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings (PowerPoint Slides)
    Jodie Berger, Lisa Lunsford, Carole Vigne, Dian Vorters, Steven Weiss
  • Understanding the Administrative Hearing Process Outline
    Dian Vorters
  • California Department of Social Services Administrative Hearings Outline
    Jodie Berger
  • Sample Claimant’s Position Statement
    Jodie Berger
  • Social Security Administrative Hearings Outline
    Steven Weiss
  • Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Advocacy PowerPoint Slides
    Steven Weiss
  • Sample Letter Re: Language Access and Waiver of Overpayment
    Steven Weiss
  • Social Security Ruling 11-1p, Titles II and XVI: Procedures for Handling Requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits, Social Security Administration
    Lisa Lunsford, Steven Weiss
  • Appointed Representative Guide to Requesting Appeals Council Review and Submitting Additional Evidence to the Appeals Council Flowcharts
    Lisa Lunsford, Steven Weiss
  • Unemployment Insurance Appeals Outline
    Carole Vigne
  • California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, Sample Unemployment Insurance Documents
    Carole Vigne
  • Unemployment Appeals: A Guide for Claimants, Employers and Their Representatives
    Carole Vigne
  • Wage Claims Outline
    Carole Vigne
  • California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Sample Wage Documents
    Carole Vigne
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    Jodie Berger
Chairperson(s)
Jodie Berger ~ Regional Counsel, Legal Services of Northern California
Speaker(s)
Lisa Lunsford ~ Managing Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Carole Vigne ~ Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services Program, Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
Dian Vorters ~ Administrative Law Judge, California Office of Administrative Hearings

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