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The ethics rules are all about deterring bad conduct…and who has conducted themselves badder than the worst thieves in history? Join the CLE Performer, Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he unearths the stories of some of the worst crooks in history and reveals the ethics lessons that lie beneath.  Read more
The speakers will cover the basics of understanding and analyzing potential conflicts of interest, including in the contexts of current and former clients, joint representations, subpoenas, and business dealings with clients, among others.   They also will address vicarious disqualification and ethical screens. Read more
California Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4.4, which was added to the most recent rules effective November 1, 2018, provides: Read more
A sound mind is one of the most important tools an attorney has, which is required to properly advocate for clients, manage large workloads, and handle multiple deadlines.  Read more
There is no better way to understand the rules than by learning the story of the Watergate lawyers. That’s because the sophisticated, accomplished lawyers who were embroiled in that scandal violated nearly every professionalism standard imaginable. Join the CLE Performer, Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he tells the story of this important moment in American history and teaches about lawyer professionalism. Topics include: Read more
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! Read more
This article highlights the ethics advisory opinions that were issued during 2023 by the State Bar of California’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (ABA), the San Francisco Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee (BASF), the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee (SDCBA), and the California Supreme Court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO), as well as recent changes in the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act, and other regulatory law pertaining to attorney professional responsibility and judicial ethics.  Read more
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. Read more
On November 23, 2023, the State Bar of California approved guidelines for generative AI use developed by the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. The “Practical Guidance for the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law” (“Guidance”) is based on lawyers’ current professional responsibility obligations, including as set forth in the California Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Act (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 6000-6043). The Guidance addresses issues arising from the use of generative AI and products in which generative AI is a part. These products range from those freely available to custom-built proprietary applications. The manner in which a lawyer’s professional obligations will apply to the use of generative AI depends on many factors, including the type of product being used, the client, matter, practice area and firm size.  Read more
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. Read more

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