Serving Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethics Issues in Legal Services and Pro Bono Practice 2023 (Webcast)

  • Ethical Issues
  • Pro Bono


The Practising Law Institute (PLI) is offering a webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Serving Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethics Issues in Legal Services and Pro Bono Practice 2023 on April 11, 2023 from 12:30 PM-.2:45 PM Eastern.

Registration: $99

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 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

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand the unique confidentiality concerns that can arise when working with clients experiencing mental health, substance abuse or capacity issues
  • Manage complex conflicts and communications issues
  • Navigate the duty of loyalty
  • Assist clients with diminished capacity in a variety of contexts
  • Apply and practice these newly developed concepts and skills through 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, social service providers working with legal services, along with attorneys in any practice setting working with clients experiencing diminished capacity, would benefit from attending.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    PA CLE Credit: 2.0 Ethics Credit

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board.

    COVID-19 CLE Update. For all compliance periods ending in 2022 or 2023: At least six credits must be live-online or in-person/classroom. Up to six credits may be completed through pre-recorded online courses. Only credits through live-online and in-person/classroom courses taken during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods).

    More information on COVID-19 Updates from PA CLE.
    More information on distance learning CLE credit.
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute
    800.260.4PLI (4754)