Legal Ethics and the Movies: Why Our Favorite Fictional Lawyers Might Need Ethics Counsel

Monday, November 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 8:10 pm


Will Lopez
Foley & Lardner LLP


Tyler Maulsby
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC








  • A great actress once said “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.”  Fortunately she was not a lawyer.  Some of our favorite and unforgettable movie characters over the years have been lawyers.  These characters have made us laugh, cry, and inspired us to do great things.  But sometimes what we learn from the big screen may not fly in the real-world where the Rules of Professional Conduct govern lawyers’ conduct.  Join us for a fun-filled evening where we will explore some of the ethics issues that arise in lawyer movies including the duties of candor, competence, and the unauthorized practice of law.  Ethics credits and popcorn to be provided by the City Bar.

    Live Program: $229 Member | $329 Nonmember

  • 6:00 pm – 6:25 pm Duties of Competence and Candor:  The Struggles of Vincent LaGuardia Gambini
    6:25 pm – 6:45 pm Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law:  Would Elle Woods Pass the Character and Fitness Committee?
    6:45 pm – 7:25 pm Candor to the Tribunal:  Lessons from Jim Carey and Jimmy Stewart
    7:25 pm – 7:50 pm Provision of Non-Legal Services and Deceptive Conduct: What You Can and Can’t Do in Your Spare Time
    7:50 pm – 8:10 pm Communications with Jurors:  When Can You Do It? (Hint: Never!)

  • NY: 2.5 ethics
    NJ: 2.6 professional responsibility
    CA: 2.5 professional responsibility
    PA: 2.0 professional responsibility

  • Sponsoring Association Committee: Professional Ethics | Bruce A. Green, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Maricela Alfonso| Membership and CLE Relations Associate | (212) 382-6608 |