New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/06/06
CONTACT:Florence Nathan
Director of Special Programs
(732) 937-7518

State Bar Foundation to Hold Legal Information Workshop for Attorneys

Attorneys interested in learning more about providing pro bono services to clients with HIV or AIDS are invited to a free legal information workshop on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the New Jersey State Bar Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Committee and the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, one of the state's leading AIDS service providers, the workshop is intended to familiarize lawyers with the special legal issues and needs facing individuals with HIV and AIDS as well as to encourage lawyers to be active in this area.

The workshop will provide attorneys with a medical overview of HIV/AIDS and will focus on issues such as discrimination, confidentiality, financial entitlements, and creditor and debtor issues, as they affect people with AIDS and HIV. In addition, the workshop will include a discussion of volunteer attorney experiences with AIDS/HIV clients.

According to Hyacinth Statewide Legal Services Manager Manuel J. Castaneda, the organization receives more than 30 new cases per month where representation is necessary and the demand for volunteer attorneys is always increasing. While the majority of these cases involve wills, powers of attorney, confidentiality, Social Security appeals, guardianships, custody, immigration and tax issues, Castaneda said that attorneys who practice in all areas of the law are encouraged to volunteer their time. Hyacinth will pair volunteer attorneys with another lawyer who has more experience in that particular area of the law. Volunteers can also participate in special training.

When Hyacinth receives a request for legal representation and there is a need for assistance, a client profile is developed. That profile is distributed to volunteer attorneys within the client's geographic area. Once a volunteer is found, he or she is put in touch with the client. Hyacinth maintains a relationship with both parties until the case is resolved.

Registration is required for the workshop and will be accepted by mail, email or fax only on a first-come, first-served basis. A complimentary sandwich buffet will be served at 5:30 p.m. To obtain a registration form, call or email Florence Nathan at (732) 937-7518 or fnathan@njsbf.org. This legal information workshop is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. .

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