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Ethics

Basic Ethics Lessons for Newer Attorneys (8.5.10)

This program will explore issues of ethics and professional responsibility that commonly arise during a lawyer`s first few years of practice. Through a combination of real world examples and interactive hypothetical discussions, attendees will learn about pitfalls of confidentiality, conflicts, supervision, reporting obligations, and technological blunders. Attendees will also have an opportunity to weigh in on how they would handle several questions that fall well within a "gray area" demonstrating that for some ethics issues, the answer is not always clear, or the same. Read more


Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them (5.24.11)

This ethics program is designed especially for in-house counsel and outside counsel advising their in-house clients.  Using a stimulating hypothetical based on real-life experience, a panel of experts will review a variety of important professional responsibility issues that affect corporate counsel on a daily basis.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Understanding the “Corporate Miranda” warnings
  • Special problems representing employees in internal investigations
  • Corporate obligations toward employees during internal investigations
  • Risks of waiver of the attorney-client privilege
  • Gathering information, and new developments in the “no-contact” rule
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Ethical Considerations for Corporate Investigations: Updates 2010 (9.15.10)

This annual updates program will explore current issues and recent developments relating to ethical duties and responsibilities of attorneys and other participants in corporate internal investigations involving public companies.  These issues will be discussed from the point of view of counsel for the corporation, investigating counsel and government representatives. The presentation will touch on a broad array of ethical issues, devoting special attention to current developments concerning prosecution and regulatory strategies, conflicts of interests, protection and waiver of the attorney-client privilege, counseling of employee witnesses, and the federalization of ethical obligations imposed on attorneys under the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation of 2002. Read more


Blogging, Friending & Tweeting: What Attorneys Should & Should Not Do (3.15.10)

This panel discussion will explore an issue at the forefront of the legal profession in the 21st century: how attorneys are to navigate the world of blogs and social networking sites. These internet tools, which are extremely useful ways to keep up with the latest developments in the law and the profession, and which provide for a vigorous and stimulating debate, can also be minefields for the unwitting attorney, whose conduct is governed by a host of ethics rules and regulations not applicable to other online users.

In recent months, attorneys have been reprimanded, fined, and otherwise sanctioned for comments they have made on blogs. On the grounds that they have breached their ethical obligations or attorney-client confidences, they have been penalized, for instance, for questioning the motives and competence of judges presiding over their cases, or for talking about cases they have worked on. The panel will explore what ethical issues an attorney should keep in mind when commenting on a blog, and how the rules of professional conduct, as well as rules pertaining to attorney advertising, might bear on what an attorney says about him or herself on such sites as Facebook or Twitter. Read more


Crossing the Line: When Sharp Trial Practice Becomes Unethical (4.7.11)

An entertaining scenario will be acted out by panel members who will engage each other and the audience in a lively discussion of ethics and professionalism. Each segment will raise questions as to how far an attorney can push the envelope from a standpoint of acceptable practice while remaining within ethical boundaries. Attorneys of all levels of experience will find this program interesting and enlightening as ethical issues in the litigation context are explored.

Topics that will be addressed include preparation for and conduct of depositions, expert discovery, settlement and post-settlement matters. The panel will consist of a Supreme Court Judge, an attorney who regularly defends practitioners against disciplinary infractions, a law school professor of ethics, and attorneys involved in litigation. This program is suitable for attorneys involved in litigation; although the scenario is premised upon a medical malpractice case, the principles discussed are equally applicable to other fields of litigation such as personal injury, premises liability, construction cases or automobile cases. We look forward to your participation in what will undoubtedly be an evening of interest and learning. Read more


Current Ethical Issues in the Practice of Securities Law (6.17.10)

This program will address ethical and legal issues that corporate and outside counsel face in advising corporations, directors and officers, handling shareholder and derivative suits, and responding to government investigations. The program will present a scenario involving the discovery of possible accounting irregularities at a public company in which panelists will role play various parts, including that of corporate counsel, outside counsel, auditor’s counsel, and SEC counsel. Topics will include attorney-client privilege when representing a corporate entity, multiple representations, issues regarding internal investigations, responses to client misconduct, issues dealing with outside auditors, and the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. This program’s updated content will entitle attendees to CLE credit if they attended the 2009 program. Read more


Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate: What Every Attorney Must Know When Handling a Transaction (1.10.11)

A vast majority of attorneys, whether in a small firm or large firm will be involved in a real estate transaction in the course of their practice. There are a great many ethical pitfalls which one may fall into while handling a real estate transaction. Some of these ethical issues are obvious and others are far more difficult to recognize. This updated course will examine in detail day-to-day ethical issues that confront real estate attorneys and the general practitioner. Special emphasis will be made on conflicts of interest, the holding of escrow monies and title issues. This program’s updated content will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past. Read more



 

Ethics for the Entertainment Lawyer (6.28.10)

This program will focus on the ethical issues faced by entertainment lawyers handling transactional or litigation matters in music, film and television. An expert faculty will discuss ethical concerns arising during various stages of a representation, including business development, scope of representation, fee arrangements and managing conflicts of interest. Hypothetical fact situations will be utilized. For practicing lawyers, the program will provide an update on current practices; for newly admitted lawyers, the program will provide the necessary ethical ground rules. Read more


Ethics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Cell Phone, Blackberry, Blog, Social Network… (1.20.11)

Using the latest technology to communicate with clients, the court, and the public is often a necessary part of a lawyer’s job. But incorrect use of these tools can lead to disaster, particularly when it involves the inadvertent disclosure of a client’s confidential information. The stakes are raised even higher when information created, distributed, or stored electronically is subject to discovery. This program will address common mistakes that lawyers make with cell phones, speaker phones, voicemail, e-mail, and wireless handheld devices like BlackBerries. Additionally, using illustrations from a wide variety of matters including commercial, matrimonial, criminal, and family law cases, the program will provide a basic grounding in electronic discovery and address common errors lawyers make in handling matters involving electronically stored information (ESI). Finally, the audience will hear about how the next generation of Internet communications (e.g., blogs and social networks) carry with them even greater risks along with their benefits. This program’s updated content will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past. Read more


Ethics in Employment Law (6.1.11)

In the constantly evolving area of employment law, practitioners routinely face a number of ethical questions. This interactive seminar will address some of the ethical issues that can arise in employment litigation and internal investigations. Through the use of several hypotheticals, a panel of experts will examine a number of issues, including those related to class actions, surveillance and investigations, and confidentiality and settlement agreements.  Read more


Everyday Ethical Challenges: In the Practice of Law (11.18.10)

This program will address common ethical issues facing practitioners in a variety of practice settings with particular emphasis on New York’s new Rules of Professional Conduct, adopted by the Appellate Division on April 1, 2009. Among other topics, our panelists will discuss how to avoid conflicts among clients or between the client’s and the lawyer’s own interests. We will also discuss techniques for avoiding disciplinary complaints, malpractice claims or sanctions motions. Hypotheticals will be used to encourage attendees’ discussion and to focus on practical problems of interest to the participating lawyers in their practices. This program’s updated content will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past. Read more


The New New York Rules of Professional Conduct in Criminal Cases (11.10.09)

This program will explore, through hypotheticals, the most significant changes in the new ethics rules that have an impact on criminal practice in state and federal courts. The issues include candor to the tribunal, confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to disclose evidence, conflicts, and obligations in cases of alleged wrongful convictions.

The panel will consist of a judge, defense lawyer, prosecutor, and legal ethicist. Read more