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Limited Scope Representation 2020: Ethical & Practical Challenges

Speaker(s): Adam Heintz, Daphne Schlick, Hasan Shafiqullah, Jerri Shick, Professor Philip M. Genty
Recorded on: Nov. 3, 2020
PLI Program #: 274377

Adam Heintz is Legal Services NYC's Director of Pro Bono. Adam creates and manages pro bono projects that focus on the essential civil legal needs of low income New Yorkers, including housing, immigration, education, consumer, and benefits. He works with nearly 100 large law firms and corporations to serve thousands of low income clients each year. Adam is also a founding member of the Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA), and he speaks frequently at national conferences about pro bono.

Prior to joining LSNYC, Adam spent six years as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where he maintained an active pro bono docket. He clerked for the Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Adam is also a founding member of the Brooklyn Family Defense Project’s Associate Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Heintz was employed as the HIV-Related Violence Program Coordinator at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Mr. Heintz received his B.A. from Oberlin College, and J.D. from NYU Law School.

Hasan Shafiqullah is the Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, one of the largest not-for-profit immigration practices in the country. Over the past two decades, he has represented clients in a range of civil legal services matters, and since 2009 has specialized in immigration law. He is an adjunct professor of immigration law at Cardozo School of Law, is the Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Representation, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and Judge Robert Katzmann's Second Circuit Study Group on Immigrant Representation. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and of the University of Arizona, and holds a certificate in French to English legal translation from New York University.

Jerri Shick is the Pro Bono Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, managing the Firm’s pro bono program.  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 on the board of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo).  She is also a member of the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee and the Advisory Committee of Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors’ Justice Network.  In addition, Jerri serves on several internal firm committees, including the Community Legal Services Committee, the Racial Justice Committee, and the Women’s Employee Network in New York.

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 and Vice Dean for Experiential Education at Columbia Law School. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1989. He teaches professional responsibility and civil procedure, and has taught 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 has been a member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association and serves as a volunteer Subject Matter Expert for the MPRE. 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. 

In her role at NYLAG, Daphne Schlick oversees the Foreclosure Prevention Project, The Office of Financial Empowerment’s Debt Collection Project, the Access to Justice of the NY State Courts’ Volunteer Lawyer For a Day Project (VLFD) in the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond counties, and the Taxi Medallion Advocacy Project. She is also a vocal public advocate for consumer economic justice and legislative change, both through local NYC coalition groups and a variety of community workshop presentations. Daphne previously practiced family law at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation legal services, representing survivors of intimate violence in their orders of protection, custody, and visitation proceedings, as well as advocating for survivors’ consumer rights. She also previously interned at NYLAG’s Family Law Unit. Daphne has worked for a variety of government and nonprofit agencies, including the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Chicago Public Arts Group.

Education, Awards, & Affiliations:

New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Public Service Award, recipient

National Association of Consumer Advocates Education Committee, member