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Pro Bono Practice: Ethical and Loss Prevention Concerns

Learn practical considerations and concerns that can be associated with pro bono work.

Many people who make the decision to become a lawyer, do so in the interest of justice, and to help those who cannot help themselves. As a lawyer, pro-bono can be a worthwhile and rewarding process. Helping others within the realms of your legal expertise provides challenge and reward that transcends financial gain. How to effectively represent a pro-bono client, while ensuring you are protecting their rights and balancing your own case load may lead to ethical considerations that must be addressed. This topic will advise the attorney on what pro-bono representation is comprised of, various duties between attorney and client, errors and omission protection, and various other issues surrounding pro-bono representation.

66 minutes
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Agenda

Introduction

  • What Is Pro-Bono Representation?
  • Representation vs. Clinics
  • Why Would a Lawyer Provide Pro-Bono Representations?

Pro-Bono Clients

  • Opening a File
  • Duties Between Lawyer and Client
  • Communication Issues
  • Written/Formal Engagement Letters
  • Clients With Disabilities
  • Veteran's Court
  • Court Appointments

Liability Issues

  • Errors and Omission Requirements
  • Malpractice

Conclusion

  • Philanthropic Considerations
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Marketing Considerations
  • Closing a File
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Credits

OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on November 23, 2021.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.0 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.1 including Ethics 1.1
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.1 hours' credit, including 1.1 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.00 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CO CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Lorman Education Services is a Certified Provider, as recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Committee. This program is approved for 1.0 credit hour(s) including 1.0 ethics credit(s).
     
  • CT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s) including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
  • FL CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit, including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit. Course classification: Intermediate level.
     
  • GA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours including 1.00 ethics credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Pro Bono Practice: Ethical and Loss Prevention Concerns is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.0 hour(s) including 1.00 ethics hour(s) of unmoderated credit towards the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0 including Legal Ethics 1
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. The Illinois Commission on Professionalism has also approved this course for the following credit: Legal Ethics for 1.00 hour.
     
  • IN CLE 1.1 including Ethics 1.1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 1.1 hours of Distance Education CLE credit which includes 1.1 hour(s) of ethics.
     
  • MN CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • MT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Board of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.0 CLE credits, which includes 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NC CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.1 including Ethics 1.1
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 65 minutes of ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.3 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.3 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.0 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Ethics and Professionalism 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.00 hour. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for credit for established attorneys only. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.0 including Professional Conduct 1
     
  • This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours, including Professional Conduct for 1.00 hour. Please note: Not more than twelve (12) hours of self-study CLE credit for any biennial reporting period may be earned by an Attorney or Judge under Regulation 409.2. To fulfill CLE requirements for self-study, web-based programs, you must complete 100% of the polling questions during the program. Your hours will be filed electronically within thirty (30) business days by Lorman Education Services provided you fulfilled 100% attendance and polling questions answered.
     
  • OR CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Approved for 1.0 CLE credits in Oregon, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours including 1.00 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.08 including Dual 1.08
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.08 hours of credit, including 1.08 hours of dual credit.
     
  • TX MCLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which 1.00 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. Lorman Education Services is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE. This program has been approved by the Texas State Bar College for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, of which 1.00 hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hour(s) of CLE credit including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of A/V credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.3 MCLE hours, including 1.3 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NALA 1.08 including Ethics 1.08
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.08 hour(s) including 1.08 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • CT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • HI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • NM CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Ethics and Professionalism 1
     
  • OR CLE 1.0
     
  • VT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • WA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley

Howry Breen & Herman LLP

  • Attorney with Howry Breen & Herman LLP, a record-setting trial law firm located in Austin, Texas
  • Represents clients in federal and state courts in cases involving traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, business disputes, construction disputes, and administrative matters
  • Successfully tried and mediated cases over five years, and is recognized as a top 40 attorney under 40 in Texas
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law; B.A. degree, Texas A&M University
  • Can be contacted at 512-439-4109, www.howrybreen.com, or [email protected]
Christopher Lavorato

Christopher Lavorato

Howry Breen & Herman LLP

  • Partner with Howry Breen & Herman LLP, a record-setting trial law firm located in Austin, Texas
  • Routinely represents clients in federal and state courts in cases alleging product defect, aviation mishaps, wrongful death, personal injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, clergy abuse, and sexual assault
  • Successfully tried, arbitrated, and mediated cases for over 21 years and recognized as one of “Austin’s Top Attorneys”, AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, Top 100 National Trial Lawyers (TX), California Top Verdicts and Settlements in 2019, and California and Texas Super Lawyers
  • Frequently provides pro bono services to those in need, including military veterans
  • Prior military officer and UH-60 Blackhawk pilot; FAA certified commercial pilot (IFR/VFR)
  • J.D. degree, Santa Clara University School of Law; B.A. degree, University of San Francisco
  • Can be contacted at 512-439-4137, www.howrybreen.com, or [email protected]
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Published 2021
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