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How Ethics Rules Apply to Lawyers Outside of Law Practice: Teleseminar
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When: Friday, May 11, 2018
Dial-in: 12:45 PM | Program: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Teleseminar: WebCredenza

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CLE CREDITS:  1.0 ethics

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These telephone seminars are presented by national speakers who are experts in their areas of practice often ABA Section chairs, authors of books in their areas of practice, and heads of practice groups.

Lawyer ethics rules are chiefly intended to guide conduct when a lawyer acts in his or her capacity as a lawyer. But the rules do not always stop there. Lawyers can be held responsible and disciplined under ethics rules for things they do when acting as non-lawyers. Lawyers may be disciplined under ethics rules for criminal conduct – even for misdemeanors – entirely unrelated to their lawyerly conduct. More broadly, they may be disciplined for any conduct that involves dishonesty, misrepresentation, or any actions prejudicial to the judicial system. Lawyers acting in their own financial interests as participants in a business transaction may be disciplined for certain actions. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to the rules and circumstances in which ethics rules apply to lawyers when they act in something other than in their capacity as lawyers. 

  • How lawyer ethics rules apply even when a lawyer is acting in a non-lawyer capacity 
  • Discipline  for dishonesty and misrepresentation when a lawyer is acting as a non-lawyer
  • Lawyers acting as business people – how counter-parties can allege ethical misconduct
  • Ex parte communications – when lawyers represent themselves in litigation or in other matters, who can they communicate with?
  • Violations of law, including misdemeanors, as ethics violations
  • Restrictions on lawyers ability to market themselves in non-lawyer roles

Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP – McLean, Virginia

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Full refunds will be given to those who cancel by 4:30 p.m., 5 working days prior to the program. Registrants who cancel after this deadline but prior to the program date will be charged an administrative fee of $15 per credit hour. A link to download and print the materials will be sent to those who fail to cancel in advance.


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