Ethical Considerations and Best Practices When Representing Low Income and Vulnerable Individuals: Clients With Diminished Capacity

  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: American Bar Association - Center For Professional Responsibility
  • Source: New York
  • Disability Rights

Providing civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable clients presents unique practical issues as well as ethical considerations for lawyers. Join our seasoned panel: Marianne J. Conrad, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., and Jenny K. Mittelman, State Bar of Georgia as they discuss these issues with moderator Ellyn Rosen of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

This webinar will explore ethical issues confronting civil legal aid and/or pro bono lawyers who represent clients with diminished capacity. ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.14 provides the backdrop for the discussion. Representing clients with diminished capacity implicates other ABA Model Rules as well; for example, ABA Model Rule 1.4 (Communication) and ABA Model Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality).

Faculty will use scenarios to illustrate ethical dilemmas and solutions, so that you will better understand how to work with low-income and vulnerable clients ethically and effectively, and in a way that is trauma-informed and builds trust.

  • CLE Credit Comments: The ABA will seek 1.00 CLE Ethics and Professional Responsibility credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and 1.20 Ethics and Professional Responsibility credit hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state‚Äôs approval and credit rounding rules.