(MCLE) Legal Ethics – January 12, 2016 – Ethics of Limited Scope Representation

  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County presents:


    Let’s Talk About…


    Ethical Conundrums-The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation

    [This MCLE counts as one credit in Legal Ethics]


    Limited scope representation, also known as unbundling, is a way to connect lawyers needing work to clients needing affordable or pro bono legal assistance. It allows the lawyer and the client to agree in advance that the lawyer will undertake certain tasks, such as drafting pleadings or appearing at a contested hearing, and the client will represent him or herself for other parts of the case.  This is a valuable tool in increasing access to justice and improving the workings of the court system.  It does, however, raise some unique ethical issues that need to be addressed.


    Topics to be addressed include:

    • What is limited scope representation?
    • What are the ethical issues that can arise in a limited scope engagement?
    • How can you avoid the ethical pitfalls and provide high quality representation in a limited scope engagement?


    Here is a chance to consider and focus on some specific examples of what you may encounter in your practice.  What is the right step to take?  Is there a right step or does every option have a hazard?  Satisfy the MCLE credit demand for an ethics class with this probing session.


     Questions will be encouraged.


    Speaker will be attorney Toby J. Rothschild


    Mr. Rothschild is retired General Counsel of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, retired executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach, and interim executive director of L.A.F.L.A.  He currently serves pro bono as of counsel to ONEJUSTICE.


    Introduced by Commissioner Richard G. Vogl, Ret.

    (“Let’s Talk About…” is a series of classes sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and led by Commissioner Vogl.   This series covers a variety of court issues

      and is for MCLE credit for lawyers, paralegals, and office staff.)


    Date:  January 12, 2016

    1 hour MCLE

    12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

    Location:  2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana

    Bring your lunch and questions!


    Cost:   $25  -or-

    Volunteer in LASOC’s Family Law Clinic immediate    -or-

    Accept a pro bono case with one of LASOC’s clients

    Law students and judicial officers admitted without charge



    Questions? Contact:  mcle@legal-aid.com

    Legal Aid Society of Orange County

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    Santa Ana, CA  927005

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