Ethics Committee

Upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, one decision at a time.

Guiding the legal profession towards ethical excellence

The Ethics Committee is dedicated to upholding the standards of ethics and professionalism in the legal profession. As a valuable resource to the entire community, the committee provides feedback and comments on proposed opinions, rules and legislation that impact attorney ethics and professionalism. The committee also writes advisory opinions on ethical issues where guidance is needed and develops educational content to educate the entire profession on ethics issues.

The Ethics Committee works closely with both internal and external ethics groups, including COPRAC and county bar associations, to ensure the highest standards of ethical behavior are upheld within the legal community. By acting as a resource to sections that provide practice area-specific ethics content, the Ethics Committee is committed to promoting ethical conduct and professional responsibility in all aspects of the legal profession.

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Upcoming Events

California Lawyers Association

Webinar: Cat Proverbs and Attorney Ethics

Why do we have so many cat sayings; what do they mean; and do they really teach anything about attorney ethics? Stuart Teicher, the CLE Performer (and certified cat lover) will explain it all. Join him as he talks about the origins of cat sayings and explains the ethics lessons provided by each. Sayings (and topics) include: -Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it could save a lawyer when advising, Rule 2.1 -Letting the ethical cat out of the bag and confidentiality, Rule 1.6 -Cat's got your tongue? The lawyer's need to communicate, Rule 1.4.

Litigation

Webinar: Guardians of Secrecy: Navigating Confidentiality in Arbitration Amidst the AI Revolution

Dive into the dynamic realm of arbitration where confidentiality meets the challenges and opportunities Artificial Intelligence presents. Join us for an enlightening webinar where experts unravel the complexities of safeguarding sensitive information in arbitration proceedings amidst the rise of AI technologies. Discover strategies for maintaining confidentiality, explore cutting-edge advancements in AI, and learn how to navigate this evolving landscape with confidence effectively. Don't miss this essential discussion for legal professionals, arbitrators, and anyone involved in dispute resolution seeking to stay ahead in the age of AI. Sign up now to secure your spot and safeguard your knowledge!

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at accessibility@calawyers.com or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.

 

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Past Events (90 Days)

California Lawyers Association

Webinar: Ethics for Busy Lawyers

As lawyers, we often face numerous competing demands that put a strain on our time. We have to make important decisions about how to delegate administrative tasks, handle client intake, accept new cases, and communicate with clients - all while upholding our obligations under the California Rules of Professional Conduct. However, with time being a limited resource, it's easy to overlook some of these rules. This program will specifically concentrate on the rules that tend to be ignored by busy lawyers.

California Lawyers Association

Webinar: Cat Proverbs and Attorney Ethics

Why do we have so many cat sayings; what do they mean; and do they really teach anything about attorney ethics? Stuart Teicher, the CLE Performer (and certified cat lover) will explain it all. Join him as he talks about the origins of cat sayings and explains the ethics lessons provided by each. Sayings (and topics) include: -Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it could save a lawyer when advising, Rule 2.1 -Letting the ethical cat out of the bag and confidentiality, Rule 1.6 -Cat's got your tongue? The lawyer's need to communicate, Rule 1.4.

Litigation

Webinar: Guardians of Secrecy: Navigating Confidentiality in Arbitration Amidst the AI Revolution

Dive into the dynamic realm of arbitration where confidentiality meets the challenges and opportunities Artificial Intelligence presents. Join us for an enlightening webinar where experts unravel the complexities of safeguarding sensitive information in arbitration proceedings amidst the rise of AI technologies. Discover strategies for maintaining confidentiality, explore cutting-edge advancements in AI, and learn how to navigate this evolving landscape with confidence effectively. Don't miss this essential discussion for legal professionals, arbitrators, and anyone involved in dispute resolution seeking to stay ahead in the age of AI. Sign up now to secure your spot and safeguard your knowledge!

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at accessibility@calawyers.com or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.

 

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2024-25 Committee Members

We are grateful for the tireless work and dedication of our committee members in the Ethics Committee. Their contributions in providing feedback and comments on proposed opinions, rules and legislation, writing advisory opinions on ethical issues, developing educational content, and working closely with internal and external ethics groups, have helped to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the legal profession. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to promoting ethical conduct and professional responsibility.

Suzanne Burke Spencer, Chair
Scott Garner, Vice-Chair
Rachelle Cohen, Vice-Chair
David Samani, Secretary
Merri Baldwin
Carole Buckner
Mallory Chase
Andrew Dilworth

Alison Buchanan
Karen Goodman
David Majchrzak
Dianne Jackson McLean
Kevin Mohr
Toby Rothschild
Neil Wertlieb
Noah Rosenthal

For information on applying to join the Ethics Committee next year or to suggest topics for advisory opinions, contact us at ethics@calawyers.org

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