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Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2014

Author(s): Bruce A. Green, Louis S. Sartori
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Pro Bono
Published: Dec 2014
PLI Item #: 49624
CHB Spine #: 34

Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.  He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and is involved in various bar association activities, including many in these fields.  Currently, Professor Green serves on the Multistate Professional Bar Examination drafting committee and is a member of the ethics committees of the NY State Bar Association (which he previously chaired), the NY City Bar Association, and the NY County Lawyers’ Association.  member and past chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics.  He previously served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, was the Reporter to both the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege and the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, and co-chaired the ethics committees of the ABA Litigation Section and the ABA Criminal Justice Section.  Since joining the Fordham faculty in 1987, Professor Green has also engaged in various part-time public service, including as a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, as a member of the attorney disciplinary committee in Manhattan, as Associate Counsel in the office of the Iran/Contra prosecutor, and as a consultant and special investigator for the N.Y.S. Commission on Government Integrity.  Previously, Professor Green was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and he was a judicial law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and Circuit Judge James L. Oakes.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Louis S. Sartori is the Director 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 poor. 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. Lou has been a presenter at the Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Conference, most recently on Best Practices for Working with Public Interest Groups and a frequent panelist at the ABA and NLADA Equal Justice Conference. He formerly co-chaired the Best Practices Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services.

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 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 also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, as Guest Lecturer at Wake University School of Law and as faculty for several National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Practicing Law Institute (PLI) programs.