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Model Rule 6.5: Opening the Door to Brief Service Pro Bono

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: October 25, 2017
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10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Model Rule 6.5 provisions on conflicts checks in a clinical setting
  • Identifying when the attorney must get informed consent to limited representation
  • What an attorney must do if short term representation is not reasonable under the circumstances
  • Distinguishing when representation extends beyond the purview of Model Rule 6.5
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 25, 2017


Model Rule 6.5 allows attorneys working in legal services and court-based advice and counsel or brief service clinics to assist clients, unless the attorney has actual knowledge of a conflict. This rule means attorneys are able to staff clinics for low-income persons and assist any client with advice and counsel or brief service as long as they have no actual knowledge of a conflict within the firm. The webinar will review the provisions of Model Rule 6.5 and familiarize attorneys with their ability to offer pro bono services under this rule.

This program was recorded on October 25, 2017.

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Mary F. Andreoni

Senior Counsel, Ethics Education
Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ADRC)

Mary F. Andreoni is an Ethics Education Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where she develops and implements the ARDC’s ethics education initiatives, including the ARDC Ethics Inquiry Program and the Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute, where she is also an instructor. She has authored several articles including the ARDC publication, Client Trust Account Handbook and spoken at hundreds of programs on legal ethics.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Andreoni was law clerk to Illinois Appellate Court Justice Mel R. Jiganti and later practiced commercial litigation with the law firm of Peterson & Ross in Chicago. While in practice, she also served as a board member on the ARDC Inquiry and Hearing Boards. Active in the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), she has served on a number of committees, and is past chair of the CBA Professional Responsibility Committee (2014-2015).

Ms. Andreoni received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.

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Jim Doppke

Of Counsel
Robinson Law Group, LLC.

Jim Doppke is Of Counsel to Robinson Law Group, LLC. He Concentrates his practice in ARDC defense and other legal ethics matters. Jim spent 14 years of his 17-year career handling legal ethics and professional responsibility cases at the Illinois ARDC, including more than 70 formal disciplinary cases (20 of which were fully contested). He now applies that experience in the defense of all stages of proceedings before the ARDC, and in advocating for lawyers, or candidates for bar admission, in other professional matters. He is well-equipped to provide lawyers with thoughtful, caring advice about professional problems of all kinds; to assist them in creating mindful practices to help avoid future problems; or to help guide them through a difficult time. He is also available to create and present materials, speeches, and seminars pertaining to professionalism and ethics. He made numerous such MCLE- and PMCLE-accredited presentations while at the ARDC, and he remains energized about connecting with the profession – through bar associations and other groups of any size – in that way. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

Jim’s previous experience includes working as a legal aid lawyer, litigating in housing and family law cases on behalf of Will County’s neediest populations. That experience continues to inform his quest to help seek the most compassionate and just outcomes in all legal matters.

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Dolores Dorsainvil

Adjunct Professor of Law
American University Washington College of Law

Dolores Dorsainvil is an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel with the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel where she investigates, and where necessary, prosecutes District of Columbia lawyers for ethical misconduct. Dolores is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics to second year law students. Dolores is formerly an Assistant Bar Counsel with the Attorney Grievance Commission in Maryland. Prior to that, she worked in a small Maryland law firm practicing personal injury law.

Dolores is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia and received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University.

Dolores is most passionate about serving the legal community while promoting professionalism and the integrity of the profession. Dolores is the immediate Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association (2015-2015), is a member of the Maryland Bar Foundation, and is an appointed member of the Maryland State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, teaches the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and is the Past Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Dolores serves in leadership roles within local and national bar associations, including her service as an appointed member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism (2015-2018), past appointed member of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline for the ABA (2012-2015), past ABA Fellow (2010), past Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the MSBA Young Lawyers Section, past Co-Editor of The Advocate, the official publication of The Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”), Young Lawyer’s Section (2007-2010), Past Fellow of the MSBA Leadership Academy (2006), former Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2009-2010), and Past President of the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland (2002-2004).

Dolores has received significant recognition for her work and dedication and is the recipient of the Finalist award for the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year 2011, the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Rosner and Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award 2012, the 2012 Edward F. Shea Professionalism Award given by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women award, May 2013, the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law, November 2013, and the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women award, June 2015.

Besides her professional work, Dolores is active in her community. She is a member and Host for the Media Ministry of The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dorsainvil Foundation, Inc., her family’s foundation which provides free healthcare to the residents of Haiti through bi-annual medical missions.

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