Law Firm In-House Ethics Consulting
Overcoming Ethical Challenges While Engaging Internal Ethics Counsel
ABA Formal Opinion 08-453 issued November 25
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This seminar will examine why firms are designating in-house ethics counsel, the role of the ethics counsel and ethical issues that arise from consulting with in-house counsel. The seminar will offer best practices for law firms creating and employing in-house ethics advisors.
- Role of in-house ethics counsel
- Consulting with in-house ethics counsel — review of ABA Formal Opinion 08-453
- Client notification
- Disclosure requirements
- Reporting of misconduct
- Attorney-client privilege concerns when consulting with in-house ethics counsel
- Best practices for law firms to avoid ethics violations
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are the key legal ethics issues that a law firm must consider when appointing an in-firm ethics counsel?
- How does the ABA opinion address the conflict between the firm ethics counsel's confidentiality obligations and his or her potential responsibility to report lawyer misconduct?
- Is an attorney-client relationship created between the in-house ethics counsel and another attorney within the firm seeking an ethics consultation?
Andrew I. Dilworth
Cooper White & Cooper
He concentrates in the areas of general business litigation, criminal defense, and professional responsibility. He has... | Read More
He concentrates in the areas of general business litigation, criminal defense, and professional responsibility. He has written several articles on professional responsibility topics.Close
Mark J. Fucile
Fucile & Reising
He counsels and trains lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments on professional ethics and... | Read More
He counsels and trains lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments on professional ethics and attorney-client privilege issues and serves as an expert witness in these areas. He was previously in-house ethics counsel for approximately ten years for a large regional firm.Close
Michael P. Downey
Hinshaw & Culbertson
He advises lawyers on avoiding malpractice claims and disciplinary complaints, firm formation, partner termination,... | Read More
He advises lawyers on avoiding malpractice claims and disciplinary complaints, firm formation, partner termination, establishing ancillary businesses, and responding to criminal and civil summonses. He teaches legal ethics and law firm management as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.Close
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