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Webinar: The Ethics of Working with Cannabis Clients – High Times or Buzz Kill?

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December 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Ethics. Presented by the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee.

While recreational and medical use of marijuana is now legal in California, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 restricted drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits the production, distribution, sale, use and possession of marijuana. This presentation explores the ethical implications to attorneys working with cannabis clients given the conflict between California and Federal law.

Speaker: Neil J. Wertlieb


Neil J Wertlieb is an experienced transactional lawyer, educator and ethicist, who provides expert witness services in disputes involving business transactions and corporate governance, and in cases involving attorney malpractice and attorney ethics.

Mr. Wertlieb is a Founding Member and current Co-Chair of California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee.  He is also the current Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Committee of the CLA’s Business Law Section.  In addition, he is a former Chair of the Business Law Section and its Corporations Committee, and a former Chair of the Ethics Committees of both the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Wertlieb has practiced transactional law for over three decades, most recently as a Partner at Milbank LLP, where his practice focused primarily on acquisitions, securities offerings and restructurings.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, and Santa Clara School of Law, where he teaches transaction skills.  He is also a Senior Advisor, Milbank@Harvard, at Harvard Law School Executive Education, and the General Editor of Ballantine & Sterling: California Corporation Laws, a 7-volume treatise on the laws governing corporations and other business entities in California.

Mr. Wertlieb received his law degree in 1984 from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Management Science from the School of Business Administration also at the University of California at Berkeley.  He also served as a Judicial Extern for Justice Stanley Mosk on the California Supreme Court.

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