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Ethics of In-House Pro Bono

CPBO’s Ethics of In-House Pro Bono program is an off-the-shelf, customizable presentation for in-house attorneys interested in legal pro bono service. The program identifies ethical rules relevant to in-house pro bono practice and highlights best practices for in-house counsel to avoid ethical or liability issues in pro bono matters. The one to two hour presentation covers several topics, including:

  • managing pro bono matters;
  • multijurisdictional practice rules;
  • avoiding conflicts of interest and positional/business conflicts; and
  • providing limited scope representation.

CPBO provides guidance, sample resources, and materials to legal departments or ACC chapters to host an ethics program. CPBO also provides onsite assistance, including panel participation, if desired.

Legal departments or ACC chapters may host an ethics program with a law firm or other interested organizations.  Co-host responsibilities may include obtaining CLE credit and securing a location for the program.

To read about limited scope representations, conflict checks, and pro bono:

Learn more about select practice and other ethics rules that apply to pro bono legal services by lawyers in the United States:

Learn how legal ghostwriting can further access to justice, and about the rules and ethics opinions that apply to ghostwriting by lawyers in the United States:

To read about previous Ethics of In-House Pro Bono programs:

To learn more or to co-host an Ethics of In-House Pro Bono program for your ACC chapter or legal department, contact CPBO.