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NY's New Rule 1.8 and Humanitarian Financial (Web)

New York’s New Rule 1.8 and Humanitarian Financial Assistance to Clients
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Program Fee:

Free for Members & Nonmembers

CLE Credit:
New York: 1.0 Ethics
New Jersey: 1.0 Professional Responsibility
California: 1.0 Professional Responsibility
Pennsylvania: 1.0 Professional Responsibility
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the legal landscape in a number of ways, including how we serve clients from historically marginalized communities who were hit hardest by the pandemic.  The recent amendment to New York’s Rule 1.8, which had previously largely prohibited lawyers from providing financial assistance to clients, creates a “humanitarian exception” allowing them to provide basic support, such as money for groceries, clothes, or medical supplies.  This CLE will explore implications of this new rule through hypotheticals developed from real world practice experience, and will discuss ideas and strategies for both law firms and legal services providers utilizing this rule in a way that best supports clients.

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Program Instructor:
Raymond H. Brescia, Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology and Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Program Co-Chairs:
Hamra Ahmad, Director of Law and Policy, Her Justice
Sarah Burrows, Associate Director, Pro Bono, HIAS
Kurt M. Denk, Incoming Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center
Nicole Fidler, Director, Pro Bono Program, Sanctuary for Families
Wendy Fu, Director of Pro Bono, International Refugee Assistance Project

Sponsoring Association Organization:
Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA)

Co-Sponsoring Association Organizations & Committees:
City Bar Justice Center
Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee, Nicole L. Fidler and Jennifer K. Brown, Co-Chairs

Related Report:
Support for Urgent "Humanitarian Exception" Amendment to the NY Rules of Professional Conduct

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