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Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2013

Author(s): Louis S. Sartori
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Pro Bono
Published: Dec 2013
PLI Item #: 42848
CHB Spine #: 15

Louis S. Sartori is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Pro Bono Practice at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the indigent and represents nearly 300,000 clients each year.  The Pro Bono Practice partners with attorneys from the private bar to assist the Society's staff in handling matters for thousands of clients in their Civil, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Rights practices.

Prior to joining the Pro Bono Practice, Lou was the Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Manhattan and Staten Island Juvenile Rights trial offices where he was responsible for the supervision and training of over 70 attorneys and para-professionals and oversaw the initiation of programs focusing on literacy and the needs of adolescents transitioning from foster care.  Lou began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He then worked as a Staff Attorney in both the Juvenile Rights and Criminal Defense practices of Legal Aid, as well as an associate with a private firm specializing in employee benefits.

Lou has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at St. John's University School of Law, as faculty for several National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, in addition to being Co-Chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) annual Ethical Issues in Pro Bono program since 2013. Lou has been a frequent presenter at several national conferences including the Pro Bono Institute’s (PBI) Annual Conference, the National Legal Aid And Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference and the American Bar Association (ABA) Equal Justice Conference. He is also served as a panelist at several NYS Unified Court System Attorney Emeritus Program Information Sessions presented by the Feerick Center for Social Justice.

Lou is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Coordinators Network, The Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA), and a former member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services. He previously served on the NYS Supreme Court First Department Family Court Advisory Committee as well as the Chief Administrative Judge’s Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee.