Ethical Issues in Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

Production Date: March 06, 2017 Practice Areas: Ethics and Family & Matrimonial Law Estimated Length: 5498 minutes


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Civil representation of domestic violence survivors plays a critical role in helping survivors navigate the many challenges they face. That representation also raises multiple ethical issues with which attorneys must grapple. These include competent knowledge of the law, competent knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, culturally competent representation, effective communication, client safety, and defining the scope of representation. Attorneys must also be sensitive to the ways that the effects of trauma can manifest, and remain respectful of client autonomy and client capacity.

Julie Goldscheid, Professor of Law at CUNY Law School, and Lenina Trinidad, senior staff attorney at Manhattan Legal Services, address these issues through review of the applicable rules of professional responsibility, pertinent caselaw, and commentary. They also use hypothetical examples to explore challenging issues that arise in this kind of practice. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Identify the applicable rules of professional responsibility that inform challenges in working with domestic violence survivors

  2. Utilize tools for balancing tensions between client wishes and legal advice

  3. Understand tools for assessing client capacity for decision making

  4. Identify additional resources to access when engaged in representation

Lesley Renee A.
Newark, NJ

The program was excellent the instructors were relaxed and collegial making these difficulty issues easy to appreciate.

Sandra G.
Katy, TX

Anyone who handles family law or domestic partner issues should hear this. Many good thoughts where we may fall short.

Jennifer L.
Franklin Lakes, NJ

Great presentation!

Adrienne L.
Corte madera, CA

Excellent course, very comprehensive, covers subject matter with depth and compassion

Marcia W.
Delray Beach, FL

They both were excellent!

Beatrice L.
Maplewood, NJ

Great breadth that's relevant too much of public interest representation. Wish there were more women-taught CLEs!

Caterina C.
Fairfield, IA

very useful tips for handlilng a delicate topic

Maria H.
Broadview Heights, OH

Very subjective subject with moderators who understood the complexity and provided good guidance.

Dana P.
Rockville, MD

Very informative.

Amy M.
rochester, NH

that was the best i have ever seen

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

Covers the salient points.