Client Communication During COVID

Topic: This program will discuss the ethical considerations of continued
client communications during COVID-19 or another crisis. Specifically, this
program will discuss the ethical duties to communicate with clients,
as well as challenges faced by and solutions to continuing communications when
COVID or another crisis prevents physical interaction with clients.
Emphasis will be placed on incarcerated clients.

Time: July 24, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am

Can't make the Live CLE? No worries. You can watch the CLE anytime on
LACDL's OnDemand page to earn your self-study CLE credits.

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Meet Andy Duffy

Andy is a career public defender, who began his work in criminal defense at Orleans Public Defenders (then OIDP) in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is now a line defender in Jefferson Parish, a member of the CJA Panel for the Eastern District of Louisiana and has a small private practice focusing on criminal defense, transactional and notarial matters. Andy is also an at-large board member of LACDL.

Andy is is a native New Orleanian and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Psychology and Loyola College of Law. Prior to law school, Andy was a crisis counselor and trainer for the Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline and worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Tallahassee, Florida.

Meet Paul Fleming

Paul C. Fleming, Jr., is the Deputy District Defender for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree and later his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans (1994). Fleming joined the Jefferson Parish Public Defender’s Office in 1996, after a youthful indiscretion as a prosecutor in Orleans Parish.

During his career as a public defender in Jefferson Parish, Fleming has represented clients in a variety of criminal matters from misdemeanors to felonies.  For the past seventeen years, he has handled capital cases, non-capital homicide cases and otherwise problematic cases exclusively.  He is certified by the Louisiana Public Defender Board to represent clients charged with capital offenses. 

In 2014, Fleming was promoted to the position of Deputy District Defender. In that capacity, he along with the District Defender supervise 38 other attorneys. Fleming also handles cases for the Federal Public Defender’s Office, and is on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

In addition to his responsibilities as a public defender, Fleming maintains a private practice with Fleming Law Firm handling a variety of criminal and civil cases.  The firm primarily represents individuals and small businesses, and handles matters such as personal injury, domestic, business formation, property disputes, successions, wills and powers of attorney.

Fleming has been involved in high profile cases such as State v Vince Marinello and the Danziger Bridge case. Fleming is a lifetime member and past president (2011) of Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He has lectured in the past for the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Louisiana Public Defender Board, Louisiana Public Defenders Association (the old group), the Jefferson Bar Association, and the Louisiana Judicial College.