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1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Ethics Lawyers make all kinds of mistakes when billing and dealing with client funds. Sometimes they are accidentally, other times more nefarious. Join the CLE Performer, Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he explores these concerns. Rules 1.5, 8.4, and 1.15 will be discussed. Register Here Stuart I. Teicher, Esq. is a professional legal educator who focuses  on ethics law and writing instruction. A practicing attorney for over  two decades, Stuart’s career is now dedicated to helping… Read more
The upheaval in 2020 has been profound. Whether it’s remote communication, new technologies, or supervision issues, there are both practical and ethical implications for all lawyers. Join the CLE Performer Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he explores the danger zones...and presents it with “New Jersey Flair.” Read more
How often do we receive a call from a prospective client, only to learn that we cannot accept the representation because we have a conflict of interest? In some cases, the prospective representation may be for a longstanding client, but a conflict of interest involving another client nonetheless may preclude us from taking on the new matter. In that circumstance, our instinct is to want to do something for the client or prospective client. Read more
Hopefully, this article is utterly irrelevant to you. In this month’s Ethics Spotlight, I turn the spotlight on the California State Bar disciplinary process. This article briefly discusses the various bases for which discipline can be imposed and then describes the process, from the filing of a complaint through the order imposing discipline. Read more
Joint representation and advance waivers are topics that increasingly arise, either because there are different attorneys from the same firm working on the same matter with different parties or because the clients have requested joint representation. Read more
Where a lawyer agrees to represent more than one client in the same matter, there is often, if not always, a potential that the interests of the lawyer’s multiple clients may conflict with each other. Read more
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States held that “an attorney’s ethical duty to advance the interests of his client is limited by an equally solemn duty to comply with the law and standards of professional conduct.” Read more
This opinion addresses the elements of ethical screens that effectively comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct. California Rules of Professional Conduct, rule 1.0.1(k) provides a definition of a screen that, while helpful, does not provide a detailed roadmap for a law firm instituting an ethical screen. Read more
With the ongoing pandemic, more lawyers than ever before are working remotely. Can a lawyer admitted to practice law in California relocate and practice California law while located in another state? Can a lawyer who is not admitted to practice law in California practice the law of another state while physically located in California? Read more
Lawyers, and sometimes courts, struggle with complicated questions about conflicts of interest. What constitutes adversity? When are two representations “substantially related”? When is informed consent curative? When will the inappropriate receipt of confidential information (received from, for example, an inadvertent communication or by virtue of improper contact with a represented party) warrant disqualification of counsel? Read more

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