Reentry Legal Services Representing Former Prisoners in SSI Advocacy

Access to steady income upon release can be critical for prisoners’ successful re-entry into the community. For those who do not have the mental or physical capacity to work, public benefits are an important option. This program will focus on the mental health-related requirements for disability benefits eligibility, with particular applicability to certain vulnerable populations: prisoners who have been adversely impacted by solitary confinement and transgender prisoners who have been traumatized by their prison experience. The panelists will address special issues that may arise in working with these clients. The program will also describe how legal services providers can go into correctional facilities to prepare pre-release Social Security applications.

1 hour of general CLE.

Britt Harwood, Bay Area Legal Aid staff attorney representing currently and formerly incarcerated people with disabilities before the Social Security Administration, through the Santa Rita Jail Pre-Release SSI Advocacy Program

Dr. Terry Kupers, psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert on solitary confinement, expert witness in Ashker v. Governor, and author of “The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It”

Jen Orthwein, former forensic psychologist, now attorney in private practice with a focus on transgender prisoner rights, expert psychological witness, trainer and author

Carol Strickman (moderator), Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, co-counsel for plaintiffs in Ashker v. Governor, federal class action challenging prolonged solitary confinement in California state prisons

To use this training for self-study MCLE credit, please complete the evaluation form on our website and submit it to in order to receive certification for your self-study records.

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This webinar is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Further, we do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship with any listener.
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Reimagining Justice: Realizing Human Rights through Legal Empowerment
Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2018
Vanderbilt Hall

The Bernstein Institute for Human Rights Annual Conference convened an interdisciplinary panel of experts to discuss some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.

• Sukti Dhital, NYU Law

• Walter Flores, Centro de Estudios Para La Gobernanza en Los Sistema de Salud
• Lu Jun, Beijing Yirenping Center
•Brian Rawson, Asylum Access
•Haya Zahid, Legal Aid Office Pakistan

legal aid for prisoners