Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2024

Immigration, Employment, Trusts/Estates, and Litigation Attorney, Jonathan Wong, will be speaking at PLI’s program, Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2024, on June 27th.

Attorneys knowledgeable about professional responsibility and pro bono services, from a variety of practice backgrounds, including, legal services, law firms, private bar programs and in-house corporate law departments, will discuss the application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and, where relevant, the Proposed California Rules of Professional Conduct to pro bono legal service in different settings. Using an interactive teaching approach, the faculty will engage attendees with hypothetical fact patterns throughout the program to illustrate the application of the rules to real-world practice.

Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of pro bono, including the definition of “Pro Bono” for lawyers.
  • Recognize why pro bono is an important part of the profession and implement a plan to avoid common barriers to pro bono practice.
  • Identify and avoid ethical concerns unique to pro bono, particularly in the areas of conflicts, competence, confidentiality, communication, and professionalism, among others.
  • Understand emerging ethical issues in developing areas, such as pro bono clinics, remote pro bono service, pro bono in Federal courts, and the impact of technology in pro bono legal services, including the latest ethics guidance on using AI tools to deliver legal services.




Additional Speakers

Tiela Chalmers
Legal Services Professional (Retired)

Renee Glover Chantler
Chantler Law LLP

Toby J. Rothschild
Of Counsel

Christopher M. Tirrell

Phong S. Wong
Pro Bono Director
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles