Limited Scope Representation: When Less is More

October 13, 2016
12:50 – 4:45 p.m.
3.25 MCLE hours, including 3.25 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Delivery of Legal Services

Chicago
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
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The Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules in 2013 to allow attorneys to enter limited scope appearances in civil cases and to make it easier for attorneys to provide unbundled services to their clients. Even so, many attorneys remain hesitant to incorporate limited scope representation into their practices. Join us for a look at how limited scope representation can benefit both attorneys and clients, the best practices and ethical considerations in limited scope, and how attorneys are using limited scope representation in their daily practices. The need for pro bono services in Illinois and the availability of limited scope pro bono opportunities are also discussed. 

On-Site Registrants:
This program is available at no cost to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year.


Live Webcast Registrants
This program is available at no cost for the first 30 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. A special thanks to Illinois Bar Foundation and the Public Interest Law Initiative
for sponsoring the live webcast!

[A nominal fee applies after the first 30 registrants.]

Program Coordinators:
Marisa P. Wiesman, Director of Volunteer Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Wheaton
Prof. Wendy H. Vaughn, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Rockford

Program Moderator:
Prof. Wendy H. Vaughn
, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Rockford

 

Agenda

12:50 – 1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Thomas L. Kilbride
, Illinois Supreme Court, Rock Island

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Nuts & Bolts of Limited Scope Representation*
This comprehensive overview explains the methodology for undertaking limited representation of clients without being involved throughout the entire case, as well as an overview of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules and approved limited scope representation forms.
David T. Holtermann, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, Chicago

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Limited Scope in Action*
This panel presentation describes how our speakers use limited scope representation in their practices, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of limited scope, and offers best practice tips. Attendees will be asked to identify the barriers they perceive in using limited scope and share as their own experiences.
David L. Berland, Prairie State Legal Services, Waukegan
Sandra Crawford, Law Crawford P.C., Chicago
Conor E. Malloy, Chi City Legal, LLC, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break and Pro Bono Fair (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.  The Ethics of Limited Scope*
This segment explores the ethical considerations in limited scope representation, including clearly defining the limitation, ensuring that it is reasonable under the circumstances, and that representation is competent.
Sari W. Montgomery, Robinson Law Group LLC, Chicago

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  Limited Scope and Pro Bono*
Learn more about the need for pro bono legal assistance in Illinois with this informative session. Topics include: the ability of retired, inactive, out-of-state, and corporate attorneys to perform pro bono services pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rules 756(k) and 716; conflicts under Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 6.5; the resources available to pro bono attorneys on www.illinoislegalaid.org; and a look at the limited scope pro bono opportunities available in Illinois.
Teri Ross, Illinois Legal Aid Online, Chicago
Marisa P. Wiesman, Director of Volunteer Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Wheaton

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Marisa P. Wiesman
, Director of Volunteer Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Wheaton

 

**Upon your registration and attendance at the program, your name and contact information will be forwarded from ISBA to your local federal funded legal services program. They will contact you to discuss pro bono opportunities with you.