New Illinois Legal Ethics Rules

Navigating the Sweeping Changes to the Professional Conduct Code

New ethics rules now in effect

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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This CLE course will offer guidance to attorneys practicing in Illinois for complying with the state's new Code of Professional Conduct, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The panel will discuss key new Code provisions that address electronic communications, retainers/fixed fees, billing of expenses and other sweeping changes.


The new Illinois Code of Professional Conduct was effective Jan. 1, 2010. There are new rules that define duties owed to prospective clients, duties of lawyers who serve as third-party neutrals, and duties of advocates in nonadjudicative proceedings, such as lawyer-lobbyists.

Other key issues include the scope of confidential information, reporting duties for in-house and outside counsel who learn of wrongful conduct committed by corporate or organizational employees, and attorney advertising, including electronic communications such as e-mail and websites.

Several rules govern firm management, including the management of retainer/fixed fees, and the sale of a law practice. The rules also address multi-jurisdictional practice and among other things, specify the circumstances where a lawyer not admitted in Illinois may render services in the state.

Listen as our authoritative panel of ethics attorneys guides you through the new Illinois ethics rules and how these new rules affect your practice.



  1. Rules governing the attorney conduct and practices
    1. Scope of confidential information
    2. Duties to prospective clients
    3. Reporting duties for corporate counsel with information about corporate wrongdoing
    4. Attorneys who serve as third-party neutrals
    5. Advocates in nonadjudicative proceedings
    6. Multi-jurisdictional practice issues
  2. Rules governing firm management and administration
    1. Retainer and fixed fees
    2. Billing clients for expenses
    3. Sale of a law firm
    4. Advertising and on-line communications (e-mail, websites)
  3. Discussion of unanswered questions and remaining gray areas


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • To what extent have the categories of permissible disclosure of protected information been expanded?
  • What is the scope of an attorney's "reporting up" obligations in the face of learning of potential misconduct by a corporate or organizational employee?
  • What do Illinois' new rules say about electronic communications such as e-mail and websites?
  • How do the rules affect retainer/fixed fees and the billing of expenses?
  • Under what circumstances can a lawyer not admitted in Illinois render services in the state?


Chad Main
Chad Main

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson

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Jeremy J. Glenn
Jeremy J. Glenn

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson

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