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Why You Should Attend
Low-income clients need your help to protect their rights to potentially life-saving public benefits. Many low-income clients have difficulty navigating the confusing and bureaucratic processes required to establish and maintain eligibility for public benefits. Without legal assistance and advocacy, large numbers of clients go without the benefits to which they are entitled, which can lead to unnecessary hunger and homelessness. Attorneys who work with low-income clients or pro bono attorneys interested in working on these types of cases can learn the basics of public benefits law in one day.
What You Will Learn
After completing this program, participants will be able to:
- Understand eligibility criteria for CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Assistance programs.
- Gain insight into Medi-Cal eligibility and coverage.
- Differentiate between Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
- Identify possible issues, strategies, and procedures for filing writs and appeals.
Who Should Attend
This program is intended for attorneys assisting pro bono clients with benefits matters through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, public interest and nonprofit organization attorneys and staff, benefits advocates, and benefits agency attorneys and staff.
Special Feature: Scholarships are available to attend this program.
Program Level: Update.
Prerequisites: An interest in learning the latest updates on public benefits programs and practice tips.
Advanced Preparation: None.