The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free high-quality legal services to low-income people with physical disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.
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Dechert LLP has partnered with LCD to provide volunteer attorneys to take pro bono planning document cases from the Hahnemann MLP. Staff Attorney Tomas Bednar ran a 2-hour training with volunteer attorneys from Dechert LLP on an introduction to Medical-Legal Partnerships and on Execution of Advance Planning Documents.
Tom Bednar, Elizabeth Oquendo, and Theresa Brabson, attended the three day Gimbel Advocacy Training for public interest attorneys in October at Rutgers-Camden School of Law. The training, in its inaugural year, was started by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The program provided training in trial advocacy skills such as openings, closings, direct and cross examinations, use of exhibits, refreshing recollection of witnesses and impeachment of witnesses. The three days proved to be incredibly valuable and all three attorneys learned invaluable trial skills that they will be able to utilize immediately in their own practice.
Tomas highlights how important it is for cancer patients to consider drafting advanced planning documents such as powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney. The symptoms caused by cancer as well as those experienced from its treatment can seriously undermine a patient's ability to make their own decisions and plan for the future. Tomas explains how advanced planning documents can mitigate the impact that these symptoms can have on a patient's planning and allow for peace of mind in an otherwise trying time. Read the post here.
LCD attorneys Sherry Thomas and Ben Beck-Coon were interviewed on the Northwest Soapbox, a program of G-Town Radio, about LCD and the MLP services available at Abbottsford Falls Family Practice and Counseling in Germantown. Abbottsford Falls is one of three nurse-managed health clinics in the Family Practice and Counseling Network where LCD provides onsite attorneys through the MLP. Listen to the interview here.
Joel, a client with end-stage cancer, came to LCD for assistance with an eviction. Joel had not paid rent in three months and could no longer afford to. He had just been approved for in-home Hospice care and wished to live out his days in his own home. An eviction would have forced him to move to a Hospice or nursing care facility at great personal cost and stress.