Guidelines for Professional Conduct

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When working on your project, please remember to act in a professionally responsible manner. The guidelines listed below are intended to remind you of some of the basic standards of professional behavior. This list, however, is by no means exhaustive. If you encounter a problem or an ethical dilemma, please do not hesitate to contact the Pro Bono Program student director or faculty advisor.

  • Any information regarding cases you work on must be kept confidential. You may only discuss the facts of cases with the supervising attorney.
  • Stay in consistent touch with the Pro Bono Program Class Coordinator and with your supervising lawyer. This means that if, for example, you will be late meeting with the lawyer or if you have a problem that you need to discuss with the lawyer, you should call the lawyer to let them know about it.
  • Take deadlines seriously. If you cannot meet a deadline, communicate this information to the supervising lawyer as well as to the Class Coordinator from your class.
  • If you agree to take a posting and later change your mind, you must contact both the lawyer and the Class Coordinator from your class.
  • You may use Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw for research related to Pro Bono projects.
  • For work on Pro Bono projects, you may use the computers, printer and phone in the Pro Bono office. You may also use the Pro Bono Program fax machine, which is located in Dean Novinsky's office in the student services suite.
  • Be professional in all communications with you supervising attorney and Class Coordinator. All e-mails should be formal and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Keep in mind that while you are doing legal work, you are not an attorney. Defer to your supervising attorney for guidance and approval when preparing your work product and/or interacting with clients.
  • If you have any questions about confidentiality, ethics, or the substance of your case, please contact Dean Novinsky.
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