When a client’s case involves abuse, professional responsibility takes on new meaning. While national and state ethics rules give some guidance, ethical and professional obligations required in abuse cases involve unique best practices and resources. It is thus imperative to be prepared with these specific tools when representing a survivor of abuse, and to avoid ethical failures that could cause further harm. This presentation will discuss the best practices in pre-litigation, filing, and settlement for elder abuse and sexual assault/harassment cases and explore legal and ethical obligations as an advocate with regard to victim privacy, confidentiality, privilege, and the scope of legal services.


Edie Mermelstein
Taylor Brewer
Harriet Fischer

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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) produces trainings designed for civil legal aid and pro bono attorneys throughout the state, bringing the experts directly to the advocates helping low-income Californians. Technology permitting, all trainings are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing by advocates. This training is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice, for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

Ethical Representation of Abuse Victims: A Best Practices Guide for Attorneys in Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Cases

January 26, 2023

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