Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section

Webinar: Ethical Considerations in Settling Class Actions

Class action lawsuits often force lawyers and judges to confront ethical issues. Many of these issues persist once the parties agree to a settlement, as class counsel and lawyers for the settling defendants join forces to seek approval of an agreement that will determine the rights of absent class members, who sometimes can number in the millions.

California Lawyers Association

Webinar: Ethics Issues in Serving Clients with Diminished Capacity

Lawyers may find themselves representing a client who appears to have diminished capacity, including in pro bono or legal service contexts. Representing clients with diminished capacity presents unique issues whether their condition is due to mental illness, substance abuse, dementia or other capacity issues. This program will discuss the ethical issues that can arise in such situations and how the California rules apply, including confidentiality, communications, and conflicts of interest.  The experienced panelists will suggest approaches and strategies lawyers may use in such circumstances, and explore the limits imposed by the California rules.


Webinar: Truth Telling in Mediation—Is Honesty Still the Best Policy?

Poker players know that misleading an opponent is a useful tool, but when it comes to negotiating, what is the role for truth telling? There is a point when exaggeration becomes deceptive, and a client’s best interests can be disserved by misleading behavior.  This program discusses the role Professional Responsibility Rules do or do not play in controlling mediation conduct and addresses the consequences of deceiving an opponent or the mediator.  

Criminal Law

Webinar: Resentencing Under California Penal Code Section 1172.1

This training will cover resentencing procedures under California Penal Code section 1172.1, including recent changes to the law. In 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown created a special unit within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to identify people in prison who had rehabilitated themselves so much that they would be “an asset to their community” if released. Since then, around 2,000 people have been referred under this process. District Attorneys’ Offices throughout California have similarly recommended people in prison for resentencing. During this one hour presentation, learn about this rapidly-developing area of law, obtain practice tips, and hear about inspiring success stories.

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