Poverty and Practice: Working with Low-Income Litigants (Philadelphia-Webcast)

  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)

Thursday, October. 15, 2020 from 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM.

Philadelphia Bar Association logoIn anticipation of Pro Bono Week, this CLE program from the Philadelphia Bar Association aims to better inform attorneys about the challenges experienced by those living in poverty and contextualize some of the decisions people make when they have scarce resources. Have you ever wondered why a pro bono client spent their money in a particular way? Have you struggled to understand decisions made by a self-represented litigant on the other side? 

This CLE will encourage you to examine your assumptions about poverty and low-income individuals to shed light on the impact of poverty on decision-making and suggesting ways to better engage and communicate with low-income litigants.

The program will also examine the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) not only because these are more common among those living in poverty, but because poverty itself may be an Adverse Childhood Experience. Practice tips will include communication strategies particular to low income litigants.

Throughout the program panelists will address the special ethical considerations of doing pro bono work and working with low-income litigants. Specifically, panelists will examine Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.4, and 6.1 respectively addressing competence, communication, and the duty to perform pro bono service.

Hosted by the Family Law Section, Public Interest Section and Young Lawyers' Division.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    1 SUB/0.5 ETH CLE credits available.

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board. On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements though approved distance learning activities. More information on distance learning CLE credit.

  • Contact:
    Philadelphia Bar Association