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Limited Scope Representation 2018: Ethical & Practical Challenges


Speaker(s): Hasan Shafiqullah, Jerri Shick, Professor Philip M. Genty, Randye Retkin, Sidney Cherubin
Recorded on: Nov. 1, 2018
PLI Program #: 220617

Jerri Shick is the Pro Bono Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, managing the Firm’s national and international pro bono program, with a special emphasis on the work of O’Melveny’s New York office.  In this role, she maintains relationships with various public interest legal services organizations, assists attorneys in obtaining new pro bono matters, manages large-scale pro bono projects, and develops innovative pro bono skills training programs, among other responsibilities.

Jerri is a member of the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee and Program Committee, The New York City Bar Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, and the Advisory Committee of Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors’ Justice Network.  In addition, Jerri serves on several internal firm committees.

Jerri was honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” for Pro Bono in 2014. She was also recognized as the 2010 Volunteer Attorney of the Year by Bet Tzedek Legal Services for managing the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network in New York. In 2006, she received the O’Melveny & Myers Values Award, an award founded by Warren Christopher that is given to two of the firm’s associates/counsel who exemplify the firm’s values of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.


Philip M. Genty is the Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility at Columbia Law School.  He joined the Columbia faculty in 1989.  He teaches professional responsibility, civil procedure, and a civil clinic for low income clients.  His research interests are in legal ethics, prisoners’ rights, family law, and clinical education.  He has taught and consulted on legal ethics and clinical legal education in Central and Eastern Europe and Israel.  He is a member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association.  He has developed legal resource materials for incarcerated parents and works with several organizations that assist women who are in prison.  He received a Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2014, and Columbia Law School’s Willis L.M.Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.  Prior to coming to Columbia, he taught at Brooklyn Law School and worked as an attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corporation. 


Hasan Shafiqullah is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit. Over the past twenty years, he has represented clients in a range of matters, including immigration, housing, family, consumer, name change, divorce and probate, and has given numerous trainings to clients and staff at nonprofit organizations and hospitals, on issues such as immigrant rights, housing rights, HIV confidentiality, attorney-client confidentiality and permanency planning. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings School of Law and of the University of Arizona, and holds a certificate in French to English legal translation from New York University.


Randye Retkin, Esq., is currently the Director and Founder of LegalHealth, a Division of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). LegalHealth is the country’s largest medical-legal partnership, serving 33 hospitals and community based health organizations including three VA hospitals. Prior to joining NYLAG, Ms. Retkin served as Director of Legal Services for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest and largest organization serving people with HIV/AIDS.   Ms. Retkin served as a staff attorney with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) where she established the VOLS Immigrants’ Rights Project. She is a founder of the New York Immigration Coalition and the National Cancer Legal Services Network. She is a co-author of New York States’ Standby Guardianship law and New York’s Health-Related Legal Services law. Ms. Retkin is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, a member of the OneCityHealth Executive Committee and serves on the New York City Bar Association Ethics Committee.   


Sidney Cherubin, Esq., is the Director of Legal Services of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches the NY Civil Consumer Law Clinic. He was an Attorney, Brooklyn Site Director and Acting Legal Director while employed at The Family Center from August 2002 until August 2007 where he gained a great deal of experience representing families affected by a terminal illness with regard to all aspects of planning for the future well-being of the children in the families. These services include drafting guardianship and standby guardianship papers and representing parents and caregivers in court; executing wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, uncontested divorces and Article 17A Guardianships.  As the Director of Legal Services of the VLP, Sidney supervises the Family Law, Bankruptcy, Guardianship, Matrimonial and Consumer Debt practice.  Sidney oversees and supervises the Kings County Civil Court CLARO and Volunteer Lawyers for the Day Projects.   He is an active member of the Civil Law Advice and Referral Office (CLARO) Council, a co-chair of Brooklyn Bar Association Pro Bono Committee and Special Events Committee and Brooklyn Bar Association Judiciary Committee, member of the New York City Bar Association.