Impermissible Client Solicitation by Third Parties: ABA Formal Opinion 501, Client Pitches, and Ethical Challenges
Ensuring Third-Party Compliance With Model Rules 7.3, 5.3, and 8.4, and Avoiding Vicarious Liability for Misconduct
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss what supervising attorneys must do to ensure that anyone the lawyer employs, retains, or associates with--whether inside or outside the firm--understands and acts consistently with the Rules of Professional Conduct. The program will review ABA Formal Opinion 501 and its ramifications when attorneys or others acting for them pitch for firm business to clients with specific legal issues.
- Applicable rules
- Ambiguities clarified by ABA Formal Opinion 501
- Effective policies on client solicitation
The panel will discuss these and other key issues:
- What professional rules govern client solicitation?
- Do legal ethics prohibit the use of lead-generation services?
- What would an effective policy on client solicitation look like?
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