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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Representing People with Disabilities But Were Afraid to Ask (and How to Get Involved Pro Bono)

Monday October 22

  • By: The Chicago Bar Foundation, The Chicago Bar Association
  • Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    The Chicago Bar Association
    321 South Plymouth Court
    Chicago, IL
  • Contact:
    Kelly Tautges
    The Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Website:

Low-income people with disabilities are very likely to have legal problems that require the assistance of an attorney. Sometimes the disability is central to the case, as in special education, but even when the case is not strictly a disability rights case, the disability may be highly relevant. Pro bono attorneys can help in many of these cases but may hesitate to take a case because they feel uncertain about proper etiquette or are afraid of doing something wrong. This program will provide practical guidance about representing clients with disabilities on such topics as language usage, interaction and communication strategies, confidentiality, and accommodations. The program will also discuss the potential ethical issues that can arise when representing clients with disabilities. You will be better prepared to work with clients with disabilities and know how to get involved with the pro bono programs in our community.

Jerry Larkin, Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission
Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality
Amber Smock, Access Living
Carrie Di Santo, CME Group (Moderator)

  • CLE Credit Comments: 2 IL MCLE including 2 PR credits, subject to approval

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