Friday, August 28, 2015

Legal aid group to train lawyers for disability hearings

(AP) — A legal aid group is holding a training session for attorneys who want to help represent some of the 1,500 people who are in danger of losing their federal disability benefits.

The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund will train volunteer lawyers on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Law School Courtroom. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the training lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Mary Going at (800) 678-8525, extension 1315, to RSVP.

The Social Security Administration is reviewing the federal disability benefits of about 1,500 people who were represented by eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn. Conn has not been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing.

Each of the people being reviewed will have a hearing and needs to be represented by an attorney.