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Answers to Everyday Ethical Questions

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Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

Join us to discuss how the Rules of Professional Conduct, and related decisions, opinions and commentary are applied to concrete situations that confront lawyers in everyday practice.  A prominent faculty will discuss and take questions from the audience on a series of ethical conundrums.  Among other topics, the panel will consider recent case law, ethics opinions, and other developments concerning a range of issues, including: ethical duties vis-à-vis jurors, conflicts of interest, the scope and limitations of confidentiality, and the in-firm privilege.


6:00 - 6:10 p.m.        Introduction
                                 What does the Committee on Professional Ethics Do?

6:10 - 6:25 p.m.     Formal Opinions:  This portion of the program will review recent opinions from the Committee regarding: A lawyer’s obligation to take action if, after the conclusion of a proceeding, the lawyer learns that material evidence offered by the lawyer, the lawyer’s client or a witness called by the lawyer during the proceeding was false; duties the lawyer owes to prospective clients after beauty contests and other preliminary meetings; and ethical considerations for lawyers contemplating business arrangements with non-legal organizations.

6:25 – 6:40 p.m.    Hot-Line call Highlights:  In this part of the program we will discuss recent (and often challenging) ethical issues that have been addressed by the Committee in response to our callers’ inquiries.

6:40 – 6:50 p.m.         Break

6:50 – 7:50 p.m.     Colloquium.  Application of the Rules of Professional Conduct to practical issues in the practice of law

7:50 - 8:00 p.m.         Questions & Answers

 CLE credit: New York & New Jersey: 2.0 ethics. California & Pennsylvania: 1.5 ethics. 

Original Recording Date: 6/26/2014

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • *Answers to Everyday Ethical Questions
  • Affirmation Document

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