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Avoiding Ethical Traps

Learn about common conflict rules that are broken and how to avoid them.

With an attorney's busy schedule and practice distractions, attorneys will sometimes not fully comprehend and fully analyze the application of the Rules of Professional Conduct to a specific proposed course of action and thereby inadvertently violate a rule, which can lead to a professional complaint against the attorney. There are also rules that appear to be contradictory, for example the rule of confidentiality and the obligations of disclosure to a tribunal and third party. The failure to consider all the applicable rules, and understand their relationship, will result in violations. This topic is designed to provide the basic tools and knowledge necessary for an attorney to recognize potential ethical issues and how to resolve them. The information will cover those areas of conduct that commonly lead to professional complaints against the attorney, and areas of ethics that are commonly misunderstood because of what appears to be inconsistencies with the rules. The material will cover topics such as the duty of confidentially and obligation of truthfulness and honesty with third parties and the tribunals. There will be a discussion of commonly violated conflict rules that arise when an attorney engages in business with a client or otherwise takes an economic interest adverse to a client, or a conflict issues that arise between current clients or a former client. The topic will include a discussion of the subtle issues than can occur regarding the scope of representation. Knowledge of the rules of professional conduct not only benefit your relationship with your clients, it also protects the attorneys from claims for inappropriate behavior.

89 minutes
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Certificate of Completion
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Agenda

Duty of Confidentiality

  • Prohibitions
  • Exceptions to the Duty

Obligations of Disclosure

  • With Third Parties
  • With Tribunals

Conflicts of Interest

  • Between Current Clients
  • With a Former Client
  • Specific Rules
  • Wavier of Conflicts

Scope of the Representations

  • Limitations on the Scope
  • Assisting the Dishonest Client
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OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on June 15, 2020.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AR CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0 including Ethics 2
     
  • Lorman Education Services is a Certified Provider, as recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Committee. This program is approved for 2.0 credit hour(s) including 2.0 ethics credit(s).
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for credit for established attorneys only. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OR CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Oregon, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

John A. Snow

John A. Snow

Parsons Behle & Latimer

  • Attorney with Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice consists of general civil litigation, including commercial, professional malpractice, construction, and insurance coverage and defense
  • Designated in The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in litigation, real estate, and construction law; and designated in the areas of practice of legal malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and construction
  • Designated in Utah Business magazine‚Äôs Utah Legal Elite in the areas of business and civil litigation and construction law, and as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States in Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Utah in general commercial litigation
  • Chair of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee of the Utah State Bar
  • Can be contacted at 801-536-6772 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 406074
Published 2020
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