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To GAL or not to GAL, Ethical Considerations in Housing Court
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There is no charge for this program.

See below for CLE credit breakdown.

This three-hour CLE will cover the ethical issues that arise in housing court when working with an unrepresented and mentally ill litigant. We will address issues such as:

  • Risks to attorneys who fail to identify someone in need of a guardian ad litem ("GAL")

  • How to identify someone in need of a GAL, and what is required of an attorney in this situation

  • How to work with unrepresented litigants generally (ethics of dealing with unrepresented tenants portion)

  • Reasons for the for the large number of unrepresented and mentally ill litigants

  • Current and proposed laws to rectify the situation

  • How attorneys and the courts can work together to better direct litigants in need and expedite litigation

Moderator: Professor Paris Baldacci, Clinical Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Director, Housing Rights Clinic; Director, LGBT Litigation and Leadership Practicum

Panelists include: Judge Marc Finkelstein, New York City Housing Court, Kings County; Denise Colón-Greenaway, Special Counsel for Court-Based Interdisciplinary Programs, NYC Civil Court; Rosalind Black, Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Unit at Manhattan Legal Services; Della DeKay, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Services and Counsel at St. John's University; Brian Haberly, Belkin, Burden, Wenig, & Goldman, LLP

This pro bono program has been approved for 3.0 transitional/non-transitional NY MCLE credits: 2.0 ethics & 1.0 professional practice.


42 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036


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