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HIV as a Disabling Condition: Accessing SSI and SSD Benefits Today

Posted on August 25th, 2022

This webinar, recorded on 08/25/2022, covers the eligibility rules for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), with a focus on the Social Security Administration’s five-step process used to evaluate disability. Empire Justice will discuss some of the barriers clients are likely to encounter to accessing SSI and SSDI, and identify advocacy strategies for successful eligibility determinations.  By the end of this webinar presentation, participants will be able to:

• Understand the difference between Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Learn the eligibility rules for each program
• Gain an understanding of the types of income, income exclusions and resources and the applicable limitations and how to apply to each program
• Learn how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines disability through the Sequential Evaluation 5-step process and advocacy strategies to help develop a strong application
• Know what to do if an application is denied, the client’s appeal rights and the time limits to file an appeal

Presenter: Jennifer Karr, Esq., Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center

Webinar materials: HIV as a Disabling Condition FINAL PPT


Legal Tools for Serving Polyamorous Clients II

Posted on August 18th, 2022

When clients choose to create relationships and families outside of traditional models, they often find themselves under-resourced, unable to access culturally competent services, and without the more than 1,000 rights and benefits that come with legally recognized relationship structures.  This workshop, recorded on 8/18/2022, will build upon the nuts-and-bolts of how to serve and support polyamorous clients webinar hosted in December 2021, and will focus on some of the substantive law issues facing these client communities including relationship rights and dissolution, parentage, property issues, and domestic violence.

Presented by:  Andy Izenson, Esq., Sr. Legal Director of the Chosen Family Law Center

Materials:  PowerPoint and relevant cases


Yikes: Should I Object?!?

Posted on July 26th, 2022

Join us to learn how to handle the sudden problems that arise in hearing by making a timely and relevant objection.  We will discuss real issues collected from hearings and an advocate’s options.  This presentation was recorded July 26, 2022

Presenters: Ann Biddle, Urban Justice Center; Ana Gutierrez, Queens Legal Services; Marissa Sobel, Urban Justice Center

PowerPoint Materials


Debt Collection – Considerations for Foreclosure Advocates

Posted on July 13th, 2022

This program, recorded on July 13, 2022, will provide an overview of what foreclosure advocates need to know about debt collection, including the most recent updates from New York’s Consumer Credit Fairness Act.  Advocates will gain a better understanding of the debt collection process, protections for consumers in debt collection actions, how debt collection lawsuits and judgments affect homeownership, and options for responding to debt collectors to better assist and counsel homeowners struggling with consumer debt.  Finally, the presentation will cover possible options to help homeowners protect their homes when at risk of foreclosure.

PowerPoint Materials


Learning to Use Job Browser

Posted on June 23rd, 2022

Confronting vocational testimony can be one of the biggest challenges DAP advocates face.  Now that many DAP programs have subscribed Job Browser, advocates can be better prepared to cross-examine vocational witnesses.  This session will help you be even better prepared by learning to use Job Browser from an expert.

Presenter: Betsy Lombardi, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Central NY

PowerPoint Materials


Providing Foreclosure Prevention Services for Seniors and Veterans

Posted on May 25th, 2022

Empire Justice Center is excited to announce our Building Equity Initiative, a new component of our Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP).  Advocates will learn to recognize barriers that have historically prevented New Yorkers from many communities and with specific identities from attaining and maintaining homeownership and provide tools to ensure foreclosure prevention services are inclusive and equitable.

 

Join Empire Justice Center and Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (“LawNY”) for a virtual webinar on how to effectively provide services to and advocate for clients who are seniors and veterans from two attorneys within LawNY’s Special Populations Program. Presenters will share information about VA benefits, federal and state housing and consumer law protections for homeowners, and critical information about elder law that is valuable to know for the foreclosure practitioner.  This presentation was recorded on 5/25/2022.

Materials:  PowerPoint


Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for Foreclosure Prevention Advocates-Part 1

Posted on May 12th, 2022

Empire Justice Center is excited to announce our Building Equity Initiative, a new component of our Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP).  Advocates will learn to recognize barriers that have historically prevented many New Yorkers from attaining and maintaining homeownership and provide tools to ensure foreclosure prevention services are inclusive and equitable.

 

Join Empire Justice Center and Coordinated Care Services, Inc. for a virtual webinar focused on providing HOPP advocates a foundational understanding of trauma informed care and building capacity to deliver foreclosure prevention services in a trauma-responsive way. In Session 1, attendees will gain a shared understanding of how stress, toxic stress, and trauma affect the physiology and behavior of both advocates and clients and impact how we navigate all the systems in which we live and work. A common vocabulary will be established, and the principles of trauma informed care will be highlighted as areas of action for adopting trauma-responsive approaches to service delivery.  This presentation was recorded 5/12/2022.

Materials:  Presentation PowerPoint


An Overview of Recent Reforms to the State Central Register Laws and Their Impact on Families in New York

Posted on May 5th, 2022

This presentation was recorded May 5, 2022.  In 2020, New York enacted some significant reforms of the laws governing the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment that went into effect several months ago in early 2022.  Professor Christine Gottlieb, Co-Director of the New York University School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic, will join us to provide an overview of these changes and their intended impact on families, particularly Black and Latinx families and other marginalized communities most harmed by child welfare policies.  This program will address the new heightened evidentiary standard for indicated Register reports, changes in consolidation of reports, sealing of reports, amending and challenging reports at Fair Hearing, mandated training for CPS staff, notices and more.  Finally, Prof. Gottlieb will discuss recent impact litigation efforts aimed at guaranteeing the right to counsel for parents challenging indicated reports.

Presenter: Professor Christine Gottlieb, Co-Director of the New York University School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic

Materials:  PowerPoint and Article


The Student Loan Crisis – What Foreclosure Prevention Advocates Need to Know

Posted on April 14th, 2022

This program, previously recorded April 14, 2022, will provide an overview of what foreclosure advocates need to know regarding the student loan crisis, including the most recent updates from the Biden Administration on the resumption of student loan repayments and COVID-19 relief. Advocates will come away from the program with a better understanding of the current federal and private student loan landscape, so as to counsel homeowners struggling with education debt. Finally, the presentation will cover how to choose the best student loan repayment option, how to apply for various loan forgiveness programs, and how to report problems to federal and state regulatory agencies overseeing these issues.

Presenter: Anna Anderson, Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York

Materials:  PowerPoint


Medicaid with Medicare: Coordinating Benefits for HIV+ Dual Eligibles

Posted on April 12th, 2022

This presentation, recorded on 4/12/2022, will provide a basic explanation of how these two programs fit together for individuals living with HIV that are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles), with special emphases on the Medicare Part D drug benefit and how to best coordinate that coverage with other public health programs in New York State, like ADAP, EPIC and Medicaid. We will also discuss the problems clients are likely to encounter in applying for the Part D’s low-income subsidy and identify advocacy strategies to maximize help with prescription drug costs.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

This webinar is specifically designed for health or social services providers and legal advocates who work with or advocate for people with HIV / AIDs.

Presented by: Fiona Wolfe, Esq., Health Law Sr. Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center, Alexia Mickles, Esq., Health Law Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center

Training Materials: PowerPoint