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Bar Association of Erie County-The Personal Contact Rule

Upcoming Webinars

The Personal Contact Rule

No Draculas Allowed (1 hour of Ethics)


Wednesday
Dec 20, 2017
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm ET
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The ethics canon treats the lawyer like Count Dracula. The lawyer must be invited to meet the fresh client on whom he "feeds." He cannot badger the weak and infirm. He must pay not even one pint of his fees to others to recommend him. He only has free license with his families of blood and friends, of others of his profession, and of those previously marked by him as his clients. And while such rules might have made sense in 19th century Transylvania, how do 21st century lawyers abide by them in an increasingly interconnected world of personal networks and social media?
In this webinar, Professor Mark Yochum will review recent cases involving the rules of personal contacts in an effort to today's lawyers avoid slings, arrows and, of course, silver bullets of disciplinary action. In particular, he will discuss:

  • The (dubious) origins of the rule
  • Recent decisions involving personal contacts
  • First Amendment considerations (limitations on commercial speech)
  • Lawyer advertising rules
  • The use of "runners"
  • Future prospects for application of the rule
This program is eligible for 1 hour of Ethics in NY.

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