Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


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Los Angeles County Bar Association Invites Attorney Support of CARES


The Los Angeles County Bar Association is asking attorneys to participate in the “Public Counsel Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services” (CARES) pro bono program by attending its next training session Wednesday, Sept 12. In a media statement, LACBA invites lawyers to join fellow attorneys and volunteer for a “special, limited legal advocacy program that will prepare volunteers to assist clients with shelter, food, health, transportation, and social services needs. It continues, “This is a collaborative project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Public Counsel, and LACBA’s Corporate Law Departments and Senior Lawyers Sections.”

Volunteers will be covered by Public Counsel’s malpractice insurance, LACBA stated.

“California has the largest low-income population in the nation. Without volunteer advocates, many living in poverty would not receive benefits and services to which they are legally entitled,” the announcement said.

“By volunteering, one can make a tangible difference in the lives of some of the neediest people in Los Angeles County, help to prevent chronic homelessness, and help people to move toward self-sufficiency,” the announcement said. “Yet, this will require a very limited time commitment—attendance at a 2.5 hour training program provided by Public Counsel attorneys and a commitment to spend 4.5 hours on one day to provide advocacy for needy clients at offices of the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services (DPSS),” 

The training session is complimentary and provides one hour of CLE credit. A light dinner will be served.. Registration: 5:30—6:00 p.m Information is available by telephoning  213-627-2727. Location: Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

“Everything You Wanted to Know About California’s New Transition to Managed Health Care” will be presented by The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee at a luncheon Monday. Speakers are expected to discuss the state’s proposal to enroll people with both Medicare and Medi-Cal into managed care plans. They will also discuss how prospective care consumers can opt out of these plans and the possible future of California managed care.

The event will begin at noon at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Conference Center on the second floor of 9420 Wilshire Blvd. Information is available at (310) 601-BHBA.


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