PLI: Seminars – Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2013 (Free)

The following is being sent to you on behalf of the Senior Lawyers Section Pro Bono Committee as a program of interest:

On Friday, August 2, 2013, starting at 9 a.m., the Practicing Law Institute(PLI) will offer a free CLE program in New York City entitled:

Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2013 (Free).”

One may attend in person or view the program on a live webcast. In addition, two weeks after the date of the program the webcast will be accessible as an archive on PLI’s website.

For details, and to register, see the seminar webpage here, or call PLI at 800-260-4754 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m Eastern Time).

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