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Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges

Recorded on: Nov. 3, 2017
Running Time: 02:08:04

To respond to the access to justice crisis facing the legal system, the civil legal services community and the judiciary have partnered in the expansion of services based on limited scope representation. As a community, we have extensive experience now with limited scope representation models.  Various models with many technology assisted interventions are being developed and information tables, drop-in legal clinics, websites and help lines have expanded.  Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges will focus on how these models employ best practices to respond to common ethical issues and problems that arise.   

You will learn:

  • Update on ethical issues in limited scope representation, including communication, scope, competence, candor before the tribunal, ghostwriting and conflicts
  • Best practices to respond to the everyday ethics challenges in limited scope programs

Who should attend:

  • Judiciary and court personnel interested in making sure there are adequate safeguards for unrepresented litigants seeking help from a limited scope representation program.
  • Attorney volunteers and pro bono coordinators involved in limited scope representation programs

Lecture Topics [Total time 02:08:04]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.


  • Introduction* [00:03:45]
    Liliana K. Vaamonde
  • Ethical Issues and Best Practices in Limited Scope Representation [02:04:17]
    Liliana K. Vaamonde, Brenna K. DeVaney, Professor Philip M. Genty, Hasan Shafiqullah, Sidney Cherubin

Presentation Material


  • Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges
  • The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Limited Scope Representation and Unbundled Legal Services
    Professor Philip M. Genty
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics, Formal Opinion 2017-4: Ethical Considerations for Legal Services Lawyers Working with Outside Non-Lawyer Professionals
  • Executive Disorder: Ethical Challenges for Immigration Lawyers Under the Trump Administration
  • When Good Lawyers Go Bad: Strategies to Reduce Your Risks
  • School-Based Clinics: Partnerships to Assist Families and Children
    Brenna K. DeVaney
  • U.S. Department of Justice letter to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. Sessions
  • Withdrawal of Representation in Immigration Practice
  • CLARO Overview
  • CLARO Intake Form
  • Limited Scope Legal Services Acknowledgement and Understanding
  • New York Rules of Professional Conduct
  • California Rules of Court
  • California Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Trial Court of Massachusetts: Limited Assistance Representation Training Manual
  • Hypotheticals: Limited Scope Representation 2017
Chairperson(s)
Liliana K. Vaamonde ~ Managing Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Speaker(s)
Sidney Cherubin ~ Director of Legal Services, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Brenna K. DeVaney ~ Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Professor Philip M. Genty ~ Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility, Columbia Law School
Hasan Shafiqullah ~ Attorney-in-Charge, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society
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