In this episode of Remotely Ethical, we discuss whether a lawyer is ethically permitted to post bail for a client or to cover other expenses.
In this episode we address:
- How the recent protests over systemic racism in law enforcement and the judicial system have led to mass incarceration and have spurred many lawyers to ask what they can do to help.
- How the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more important for incarcerated individuals to have access to bail funds, so as to avoid spending significant time in jail - and, thus, exposed to health risks.
- Whether lawyers can post bail for their clients, under Rule 1.8(e) and Rule 1.7.
- What alternatives are available for lawyers who want to help at this time.
- A proposed amendment to Rule 1.8(e), which would allow pro bono lawyers to provide some financial assistance to clients under certain conditions
- If you are concerned about this issue and are interested in contributing to a charitable bail fund or learning more about how bail funds work, here is a list of organizations:
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