Training Announcement: NY Crime Victim Legal Help- “The Struggle is Real” Ethical Complexities when Attorneys, Social Workers, and Victim Advocates Work Together to Help Crime Victims

Lacie Lwhite July 27, 2020

The Crime Victims Legal Network presents “The Struggle is Real” Ethical Complexities when Attorneys, Social Workers and Victim Advocates Work Together to Help Crime Victims. The third installment of the technical assistance series  focuses on Collaborative Victim Assistance Programs that bring civil attorneys together with victim advocates and social workers have become indispensable to crime victims throughout New York State. These “multi-disciplinary” organizations allow crime victims to holistically access under “one roof” a number of needed services, from social to legal.  These collaborations facilitate and strengthen communication and cooperation between crime victim professionals.  However, these roles also come with complex ethical challenges that each type of professional will have to carefully navigate.  Some of these successful collaborative programs have been around for many years, while others are only just beginning their promising work.  This program invites both seasoned and new collaborations to this virtual table for learning and dialogue around:

  • Key issues that may arise in a collaborative Victim Assistance Program related to ethical obligations and rules,
  • An in-depth look at the unauthorized practice of law and suggested methods to avoid it,
  • Outline the ethical conduct rules that govern attorneys, advocates and social workers, and
  • Suggestions for “best practices” tools for effectively addressing these sticky issues.

Empire Justice Center has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the state of New York.  This transitional program is approved for 1.0 CLE credit hours in the Professional Practice category and 0.5 in the Ethics Category. Certificates of attendance for non-attorneys are available upon request.


Date:  September 17th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

REGISTER HERE for the September 17th webinar!


LIMIT: 100 participants/session

The Crime Victims Legal Network is partnership of organizations working to connect victims of crime with civil legal information, resource, and assistance. We developed our online resource, NY Crime Victims Legal Help, to make it easier for crime victims to get the help they need.