Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense

Events & CLE

Upcoming CLEs

Legal Ethics for Public Interest Lawyers

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility are developing a series of webinar CLE programs to address the unique ethical issues and challenges arising in a public interest practice. Join us for our first program in the series:

Ethical Considerations and Best Practices When Representing Low Income and Vulnerable Individuals:  Clients with Diminished Capacity
December 16, 2019, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern
1.0 credit hours of Ethics CLE has been requested

Providing civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable clients presents unique practical issues as well as ethical considerations for lawyers. This webinar will explore ethical issues confronting civil legal aid and/or pro bono lawyers who represent clients with diminished capacity.  Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.14 provides the backdrop for the discussion. Representing clients with diminished capacity implicates other Model Rules as well; for example, Model Rule 1.4 (Communication) and Model Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality). Using scenarios to illustrate ethical dilemmas and solutions, attendees 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.

Marianne J. Conrad, Managing Attorney, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., New Albany, IN
Jenny K. Mittelman
, Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
: Ellyn Rosen, Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Chicago, IL

To register for this CLE, visit this link.

All programs in this ethics-focused CLE series will be available at no cost to ABA members; the cost for nonmembers is $100/program. Special annual membership rates for public interest attorneys between $75 and $150 make ABA membership a better value than paying for individual CLE programs. More information about public interest membership is available here.

CLE CREDIT: The ABA will seek 1.0 hours of Ethics CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.

2020 National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs

May 7-8, 2020
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Atlanta, GA

A preeminent national gathering of access to justice commission members and other stakeholders. The meeting offers substantive programming delivered by national experts, and unique networking opportunities.

Learn more about the 2020 Meeting