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Bar Association of Erie County-The Ties That Bind

Upcoming Webinars

The Ties That Bind

Avoiding Inappropriate Entanglements in the Practice of Law (1 hour of Ethics)


Friday
Jun 29, 2018
2:30 pm- 3:30 pm ET
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To be an effective advocate, a lawyer must maintain a fair degree of dispassionate objectivity. The lawyer who becomes personally involved in the representation does the client a disservice. This is even more true for the lawyer who becomes personally involved with the client. In this webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will explain the importance of avoiding this most basic conflict of interest and will relate the tragic (but sometimes fascinating) tales of lawyers who learned this lesson too late.
One of the most fundamental duties that we owe our clients is the duty to provide them with loyal and independent representation. In other words, we are duty bound to put their interests first and to avoid conflicts of interest; something that becomes increasingly difficult to the extent we enter into professional and personal relationships with clients, opposing counsel and parties, judges and others involved in the legal process.

In this eye-opening webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will recount the tales of those lawyers who failed to meet this duty by creating the following entanglements:

  • Entering into business transactions with clients
  • Accepting gifts from clients;
  • Accepting (or giving) loans;
  • Romantic entanglements with clients;
  • Friendships with judicial officers;
  • Family and close relationships with opposing counsel/parties
This program is eligible for 1 hour of Ethics in NY.

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   OR
Telephone audio: cell phones, VOIP phone or landline