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Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2012

Released on: Jan. 1, 2013
Running Time: 02:07:50

This program is dedicated to the memory of Steven H. Leleiko, Vice President, Practising Law Institute, who passed away in December 2008 after serving PLI for more than 25 years. In addition to his on-going responsibilities, Steve was deeply committed and devoted much of his time to pro bono and ethics training.
Using hypotheticals as the basis for discussion, the faculty will analyze new developments and everyday ethical issues that arise in the context of pro bono representation. Important topics to be discussed include:

Lecture Topics  [Total time 02:07:50]

  • Introduction [00:06:22]
  • Ethical Issues in the Context of Pro Bono Representation [02:01:28]

This Web Program includes the following articles from the Course Handbook available online:

  • The Attorney-Client Relationship: Beginning and Ending the Relationship and Determining the Scope of Representation
    Louis S. Sartori
  • Client Identity and Third Party Involvement
    Douglas J. Chu
  • Client Misconduct
    Katie M. Lachter
  • Contact with Unrepresented Parties and Diminished Capacity
    Michael Scherz
  • Ethical Issues Faced by Firm and In-House Counsel Undertaking Pro Bono Activities
    Madeleine Schachter
  • Part 1200--New York Rules of Professional Conduct (Selected Excerpts)
  • Letters of Engagement Rules
    Louis S. Sartori, Madeleine Schachter
  • Sample Retainer/Letter of Engagement
    Louis S. Sartori
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinions
    Douglas J. Chu
  • Ethics Opinion 321 (2003): Communications Between Domestic Violence Petitioner and Counsel for Respondent in a Privately Litigated Proceeding for Criminal Contempt
    Michael Scherz
  • 2009 Formal Ethics Opinion 12 (2010): Preparation of Documents for Unrepresented Adverse Party
    Michael Scherz
  • Ethics Opinion 05-07 (2005): Non-Client Spouse; Indemnity; Conflict; Joint Representation
    Michael Scherz
  • Ethics Opinion 011115
    Michael Scherz
  • Opinion No. 09-06
    Michael Scherz
  • Attorney Q. v. Mississippi State Bar, 587 SO. 2D 228 (1991)
    Michael Scherz
  • In Re Jensen, 191 P. 3D 1118, 286 Kan. 1160 (2008)
    Michael Scherz
  • Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono Representation
Professor Bruce A. Green ~ Director and Louis Stein Professor, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University School of Law
Douglas J. Chu ~ Hynes & Chu LLP
Katie M. Lachter ~ Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Louis S. Sartori ~ Director, Pro Bono Practice, The Legal Aid Society
Madeleine Schachter ~ Managing Director of Social Investment, Global Access to Technology for Development
Michael Scherz ~ Director, Domestic Violence Project, Lawyers for Children

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