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Elder Law Section: Fundamentals of Ethics in Elder Law (SEL180425)
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When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Where: UCONN Law School
55 Elizabeth St
Hartford, Connecticut  06510
United States
Contact: Member Service Center

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Fundamentals of Ethics in Elder Law: An Attorney’s Ethical Obligations in
Abuse Cases, as Court-Appointed attorneys, and in Commitment Matters

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

5:30 p.m.

UCONN, William F. Starr Reading Room, 55 Elizabeth Street Hartford, CT 06105

Cost:    $39

CLE Credits:

*CT: 2.0 CLE Ethics Credits
*NY: 0.0 CLE Credits

Attorney Sandra Sherlock-White,
Law Offices of Sandra Sherlock-White LLC, Newington

Attorney Kathleen M. Flaherty, Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc, Middletown

Attorney Kirk W. Lowry, Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc, Middletown

About the Program:
Sandra Sherlock-White will discuss the essentials of elder law ethics including identification of the client(s), avoiding conflicts of interest, confidentiality, competence-the four "C's" of Elder Law Ethics. She will also discuss ethical challenges when the client has diminished capacity and what the attorney's obligations are. Lastly, she will discuss the attorney's obligations in situations of elder abuse. Kathleen M. Flaherty will discuss do’s and don’ts for effective communication with clients having mental health conditions, bust some myths about the mental health system and its impact on clients living with mental health conditions, and discuss how implicit bias affects lawyer-client relationships within that system. Kirk M. Lowry will discuss ethical considerations for court-appointed lawyers in the context of commitment and conservatorship proceedings, including the duty to be adequately competent (Rule 1.1) and follow the Probate Court Administration Performance Standards for Commitments and Conservatorships; Rule 1.14 – normalizing the relationship including understanding basics of disability civil rights, self-determination, and the opposing medical model of disability; Rule 1.2 – working with the client to determine the person’s objective of the representation and their position on the petition or application; maintaining professional independence in the context of a third-party payor in compliance with Rules 1.8(f) and 5.4(c); and discussion of client autonomy and the rules of Gross v. Rell.

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*CBA Members:  To receive credit, sign the attendance verification form at the meeting, and your credits will be automatically logged to your Professional Development Journal. If you do not attend the full program, do not sign the form. For partial credit, you will need to enter your time by the tenth of an hour into your Professional Development Journal.



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