Saturday, August 1, 2015

September 3: Webcast - Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation #MCLE

While the ethical obligations of pro bono legal practice are no different than a commercial law practice, there are practical considerations regarding eligibility of clients, challenging clients, conflicts (similar in theory, different in practice settings), expectations on both sides, case management responsibility, and different delivery models, such as limited scope representation, that cause many professionals to hesitate offering pro bono legal services. This program is designed to answer questions regarding the ethical obligations of pro bono legal service, encourage attorneys to engage in this professionally rewarding aspect of law practice, and remove ambiguities that are barriers to engaging in pro bono legal services.
What You Will Learn
Experts in professional responsibility and in pro bono service from legal services, court-based programs, law firms, private bar programs and in-house corporate law departments will discuss the application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and, where relevant, the Proposed California Rules of Professional Conduct to pro bono legal service in different settings. The faculty will begin with the basics of pro bono, including the definition of “Pro Bono” for lawyers, why it is considered an important part of the profession, and ethical concerns unique to pro bono, as opposed to the commercial, practice of law.
The faculty will also address emerging ethical issues in developing areas, such as pro bono clinics, incubators, pro bono in Federal courts, and the impact of technology in pro bono legal services.
Finally, the faculty will discuss hypothetical fact patterns to illustrate the application of the rules.
Who Should Attend
Law firm pro bono coordinators and partners, law firm associates, legal services pro bono coordinators, solos, small and medium firm attorneys engaged in pro bono legal services, court-based program administrators for self-represented litigants, judges, and everyone interested in access to justice.
Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation
September 3, 2015
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also presented in-person in San Francisco.

  • Chair: Robert A. Hawley ~ Deputy Executive Director, The State Bar of California
  • Denise M. Asper ~ Prison Litigation Project Director, Office of the Circuit Executive, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tiela Chalmers ~ Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Toby J. Rothschild ~ Attorney at Law,
  • Christopher M. Tirrell ~ Global Alliance, Supply Chain, and Worldwide Technical Regulations Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Jonathan M. Wong ~ Partner, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
  • Phong S. Wong ~ Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Ethics credit or an equivalent in most states.
Practising Law Institute
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