Taking a Swim in the Legal "Shark Tank"

Pupilage group 1 presented at the November 12th meeting.  There were four discrete segments to their program. The first explored whether, and to what extent, a Virginia lawyer may assist a pro se litigant by reviewing, editing, and even ghostwriting documents without making an appearance in the case. The second involved the authority of a court to control abusive conduct during discovery. The third was an evaluation of whether a plea agreement in a criminal case may include a waiver of the defendant's right to later claim ineffective assistance of counsel. The last involved contacts between lawyers and family members in a domestic-relations case, specifically including discussions between a lawyer for a divorcing parent and one of the minor children of the parties.

The program materials may be found in the link below.

November Program Materials.