California Public Benefits: The Basics for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Advocacy 2018

  • Food Programs
  • General Assistance
  • Social Security/SSI

Why You Should Attend
Low-income clients need your help to protect their rights to potentially life-saving benefits. Many low-income clients have difficulty navigating the confusing and bureaucratic processes to establish and maintain eligibility for public benefits. Without legal assistance and advocacy, large numbers of clients go without the benefits to which they are entitled, which can often lead to unnecessary hunger and homelessness. Attorneys who work with low-income people or pro bono attorneys interested in working on these types of cases can learn the basics of public benefits law.

What You Will Learn
Overview of CalWORKs, CalFresh, General Assistance
Overview of Medi-Cal and other health benefits, including the Affordable Care Act
Overview of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
Understanding of common issues that result in administrative hearings
Understanding of strategies and procedures for filing writs

Who Should Attend
Attorneys assisting pro bono clients with benefits matters through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, public interest and nonprofit organization attorneys and staff, benefits advocates, and benefits agency attorneys and staff.