Free Ethics CLE on Collaborating with Non-Lawyers


We invite you to join us at the upcoming ethics CLE program titled “Working Ethically with Non-Lawyer Professionals in Public Interest Settings,” which will take place on Thursday, March 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Fordham Law School.

This program will address ethics issues encountered by public interest lawyers who collaborate with social workers, medical professionals, community organizers, and other non-lawyer professionals in various practices and settings, including in the representation of children, infirm clients, and older clients.


  • Susan Cordaro, Senior Appellate Attorney, The Children’s Law Center
  • Kevin M. Cremin, Director of Litigation for Disability and Aging Rights, MFY Legal Services, Inc.
  • Bruce Green, Louis Stein Chair and Director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School
  • Randye Retkin, Director and Founder of LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group

Using several hypotheticals, the speakers will discuss, grapple with, and respond to various tricky scenarios, including:

  • Should a social worker be called to assist with a child client who becomes reticent to talk to the lawyer? If so, to serve what purpose?
  • At what point do you discuss with the child client what you will or can do with the disclosures?
  • What if an attorney and a social worker disagree about whether to report an incident as an instance of child abuse or maltreatment to the State Central Registry?
  • If a doctor refers his/her patient’s son to you because his mom is facing eviction, who is your client, the son or the mother?
  • If the doctor subsequently asks how things are going with the patient’s eviction case, are you authorized to reveal anything to the doctor?
  • Can the same housing/tenant attorney represent the tenant association and a tenant in the building?
  • What should you do if you subsequently come to believe that your client didn’t have the capacity to initially retain you as his/her attorney?

Attend this free ethics CLE on March 30 to find out how to handle these and other difficult situations.

Registration is required. Register.


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