Ethical Considerations and Best Practices When Representing Low Income and Vulnerable Individuals: Clients with Diminished Capacity

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: December 16, 2019
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  • Overview
  • Rule 1.14: Clients with Diminished Capacity
  • Rule. 1.1: Competence
  • Rule 1.4: Communication
  • Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information
  • Hypothetical Scenarios
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: December 16, 2019


This seminar will explore ethical issues confronting civil legal aid and/or pro bono lawyers who represent clients with diminished capacity. ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.14 provides the backdrop for the discussion. Representing clients with diminished capacity implicates other ABA Model Rules as well; for example, ABA Model Rule 1.4 (Communication) and ABA Model Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality).

Faculty will use scenarios to illustrate ethical dilemmas and solutions, so that you 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.

This program was recorded on December 16th, 2019.

Provided By

American Bar Association


Marianne J. Conrad

Managing Attorney
Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Marianne J. Conrad is the Managing Attorney at Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Jenny Mittelman

Deputy General Counsel
State Bar of Georgia

Jenny Mittelman is the Deputy General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia.

Ellyn S. Rosen

Deputy Director ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
American Bar Association

Ellyn S. Rosen is deputy director of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. She also serves as counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and was counsel to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. She works with the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, which monitors the General Agreement on Trade in Services and other free trade agreement negotiations affecting the legal services market and provides input to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She served as a member of the International Bar Associations Professional Ethics Committee (2009-2010) and speaks frequently at international, state and local bar programs regarding issues relating to the regulation of the legal profession. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Rosen was a senior litigation counsel with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Ms. Rosen received her J.D. in 1989 from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.

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