Submitted by the Practising Law Institute

Since 2011, the Practising Law Institute (PLI) has helped us champion the necessity of pro bono as one of our Bronze Corporate Sponsors. PLI is dedicated to providing attorneys with information and techniques to develop a professional, competitive edge and recognizes the importance of pro bono in helping attorneys cultivate their skills, develop time management and give back to their communities. We are pleased to share with you some information about their upcoming September 12th Program on Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation.

September 12, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

San Francisco & Live Webcast


Earn Ethics Credit!

 Chair: Robert A. Hawley, Deputy Executive Director, State Bar of California

 Why You Should Attend

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, challenging pro bono attorneys, 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 professional responsibility 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 government practice, private practice, legal services, and in-house corporate law departments will discuss:

Application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct

  • ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Proposed California Rules of Professional Conduct
  • ABA Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means
  • Basics of Pro Bono, Including the Definition of “Pro Bono”
  • Why Pro Bono is Considered an Important Part of the Profession
  • Professional Responsibility Concerns Unique to Pro Bono

The faculty will discuss hypothetical fact patterns and illustrate the application of the rules.

Who Should Attend

Law firm pro bono coordinators and partners, law firm associates, government attorneys, registered in-house and corporate counsel, legal services pro bono coordinators, solo practitioners, small and medium firm attorneys engaged in pro bono legal services, judges, and everyone interested in increasing access to justice.

To register please visit the PLI website or call Customer Services at (800) 260-4754.