The Ethics of Representing Pro Bono and Moderate Means Clients
Monday, June 4, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Skagit Valley Co-op, Rm. 309, Main Bldg
1st St @ W Division, Mount Vernon
Presenter: Jean Marie Clavere, WSBA Professional Responsibility Counsel
According to RPC 6.1, “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to assist in the provision of legal services to those unable to pay.” This includes providing legal services without expectation of fee to persons of limited means, as well as providing legal services at a substantially reduced fee to those who are unable to afford market rates for those services. In providing these services, lawyers are bound by the same ethical rules that apply in all practice, but some of these rules may have unique implications in pro bono cases. In this CLE, Jean Marie Clavere will help navigate these issues through an overview of applicable rules as well as discussion of hypothetical situations.
1.0 Ethics Credit (Pending) for SCBA Members
Materials will be distributed electronically to registered attendees prior to CLE - please print and bring them if you wish to have them for the CLE.
PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND
This CLE is free.
SCBA members will receive 1.0 WSBA Ethics Credit.
Non-members are welcome to attend but will not receive credit.
Ms. Clavere is a 1987 graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Prior to earning her law degree she received a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. In February, 2010 she joined the staff of the Washington State Bar Association as Professional Responsibility Counsel. After four years with a Seattle law firm, Jeanne Marie began her solo practice in 1992, focusing on estate planning, elder law (including complex guardianships, trusts, and guardian ad litem appointments), and contract based criminal prosecution. As Professional Responsibility Counsel, Jeanne Marie serves as an advisor to members of the bar on the Rules of Professional Conduct as they apply to WSBA Advisory Ethics Opinions, the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, and the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions. She has been invited to lecture on Professionalism, Civility, and Ethics at all three Washington law schools, for the American Bar Association, and speaks at various local bar CLE's throughout the state. Jeanne Marie is the primary responder on the WSBA Ethics Line and wants every attendee to commit the number to memory and call her first, not after they run into an ethical dilemma.
While in private practice Jeanne Marie appeared before a wide range of courts and tribunals, ranging from Ex Parte hearings to trials on guardianship and criminal issues, and served for many years as a Settlement, Litigation, Adoption, Family Law, Incapacity and Probate Guardian ad Litem in King and Snohomish Counties. Jeanne Marie is Past President of the state Washington Women Lawyers, past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section and served on the executive committee of the King County Bar Association Guardianship and Elder Law Section. She is a member of the American Bar Association; the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility, the ABA Law Practice Division, is a Washington Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a Master Member of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. Jeanne Marie also serves as a director on the board of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations.
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