Serving Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethics Issues in Legal Services and Pro Bono Practice (Webcast)

  • Ethical Issues
  • Pro Bono

The Practising Law Institute is presenting a program via webcast entitled Serving Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethics Issues in Legal Services and Pro Bono Practice on January 22, 2021 from 12:30 PM-2:15 PM Eastern.

Registration: $99.00

Scholarships and Discounts

Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships.

All eligible attendees are urged to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application.

Why You Should Attend

Lawyers in many practice areas will run into situations where a client’s diminished capacity is an issue. This program will address the challenges and ethical issues for pro bono and legal services lawyers in particular that arise when representing individuals with diminished capacity, whether because of mental illness, substance abuse or other factors. The panel will explore ethical issues that lawyers must address and offer approaches and strategies that lawyers may consider in carrying out representation in these circumstances.

What You Will Learn
  • How to approach the unique confidentiality concerns that can arise when working with clients experiencing mental health, substance abuse or capacity issues
  • How to manage conflicts and communications issues 
  • Navigating the duty of loyalty
  • Assisting clients with diminished capacity
  • The faculty will use hypothetical fact patterns to illustrate how these ethical questions arise in legal services and pro bono practice settings.
Who Should Attend

Pro Bono volunteers at law firms and corporate law departments, legal aid and nonprofit attorneys, law students, solo and small firm practitioners, and social service providers working with legal services.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    1.5 Ethics PA CLE Credits

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board. On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements though approved distance learning activities.

    Also, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 the CLE Board has adopted a temporary policy to recognize live online programming by accredited distance learning providers as live (non-capped) credit towards lawyers' CLE requirement.

    More information on distance learning CLE credit.
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute