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Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2018

Released on: Dec. 20, 2018
Running Time: 02:06:36
As part of PLI’s commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program. 

Using a lively, interactive format, this program will examine everyday issues of ethics and professional responsibility in pro bono and public interest practice.

Lecture Topics [Total time 02:06:36]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.


  • Opening Remarks* [00:02:58]
    Louis S. Sartori
  • Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation [02:03:38]
    Sidney Cherubin, Randye Retkin, Maurice Segall, Cyrus D. Mehta, Gail H. Zarick

Presentation Material


  • Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2018
  • Limited scope representation: Hypothetical
    Gail H. Zarick
  • Hypothetical 1
    Randye Retkin
  • Reference Materials: Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity
    Randye Retkin
  • Selected New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information
  • Selected New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.14: Client with Diminished Capacity
  • Hypothetical 2
    Cyrus D. Mehta
  • Conflicts of Interest in Pro Bono Immigration Representation
    Cyrus D. Mehta
  • Representation of the Joint Sponsor on an I-864 is Both Permissible and Prudent
    Cyrus D. Mehta
  • Withdrawal of Representation in Immigration Practice
    Cyrus D. Mehta
  • Selected New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.7: Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
  • Selected New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 3.3: Conduct Before a Tribunal
  • Hypothetical 3
    Gail H. Zarick
  • New York State Bar Association on Professional Ethics, Opinion 1012: Conflicts arising from limited-services pro bono representation
  • New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Selected Rules Pertaining to Scope of Representation
  • Hypothetical 4
    Maurice Segall
  • Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues
  • Sitting On Vs. Sitting In On Your Client’s Board of Directors
  • Three Critical Steps for Lawyers before Joining a Nonprofit Board
  • Best Practices Checklist and Resource Guide for Attorney Board Members
  • Attorney-Board Member Self-Awareness Assessment
  • Right from the Start: Responsibilities of Directors of Not-For-Profit Corporations
  • Feit v. Leasco Data Processing Equipment Corporation, 332 F.Supp. 544 (1971)
  • Blakely v. Lisac, 357 F.Supp. 255 (1972)
  • United States v. International Business Machines Corporation, 66 F.R.D. 206 (1974)
  • Deutsch v. Cogan, 580 A.2d 100 (1990)
  • Urban Box Office Network, Inc. v. Interfase Managers, L.P. (2006)
  • Hypothetical 5
    Sidney Cherubin
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics: Ethics Opinion 1070
  • New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Formal Opinion 2017-7: Disclosures to Joint Clients When the Representation Does Not Involve a Conflict of Interest
  • Joint Representation Requires Pre-Engagement Disclosures
  • The Ethics of Joint Representation
Chairperson(s)
Louis S. Sartori ~ Director, Pro Bono Practice, The Legal Aid Society
Speaker(s)
Sidney Cherubin ~ Director of Legal Services, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Cyrus D. Mehta ~ Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC
Randye Retkin ~ Director and Founder, LegalHealth, New York Legal Assistance Group
Maurice Segall ~ Director, NY and Fairfield County Program, Pro Bono Partnership
Gail H. Zarick ~ IP Counsel, IBM Security Division, IBM Corporation
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