When: December 28, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Eastern)
Moderator: David P. Meyer, Meyer Wilson Co., LPA
Speakers: Jeffrey R. Sonn, Sonn Law Group, PA
Adam Weinstein, Gana LLP
Description: This ethics seminar will explore various ethical issues affecting lawyers in arbitration such as conflicts of interest, duties owed to third parties, and the aggregate settlement rule. Moreover, attorneys will explore ethical issues involving the lawyer-as-a-witness rule, reasonable fee rules, and agreements that may improperly restrict the practice of law. Attorneys will be presented with various fact patterns and explore ethical rules used to prosecute attorneys in disciplinary proceedings from real cases. Further, attorneys will be given a model ethics test designed to examine ethical issues that may arise in arbitration cases.
I. Duties Owed to Opposing or Third Parties
Fact Pattern 1 – Truthfulness in Statements to Others
Fact Pattern 2 – Communication with Persons Represented by Counsel
Fact Pattern 3 – Trial Publicity
Fact Pattern 4 – Candor Towards the Tribunal
Fact Pattern 5 – Impartiality and Decorum Towards the Tribunal (Ex Parte Contact)
Fact Pattern 6 – Using Derogatory Language Based on Race, etc.
Fact Pattern 7 – Imply Ability to Influence a Government Official
Fact Pattern 8 – Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
II. Conflicts of Interest
IIA. Conflict of Interest – The Aggregate Settlement Rule
Fact Pattern 9
IIB. Conflict of Interest - Generally
Fact Pattern 10 – No Sex with Clients
Fact Pattern 11 – Unreasonable Fees
III. Ethical Obligations Regarding Confidentiality of FINRA Arbitration Information
PIABA Member: $125.00
Paralegal Member: included in 2017 dues
Paralegal Non-Member: $125.00
Firm Registration Fee: $375. All webinar participants must register for the presentation, however any individual firm will pay a maximum registration fee of $375 for three or more registrants.
Continuing Legal Education:
PIABA will seek CLE accreditation in those States requiring accreditation upon receipt of individual registration forms. Be sure to include the State(s) where you require CLE credit.
Note that several States will not accredit webcasts. In those States, PIABA will not be able to provide CLE credit.
Many States have implemented late fees for MCLE applications submitted within 30 days of the program date. PIABA will apply for MCLE credit through November 28, 2017 for individuals who pre-register prior to that date. After November 28, 2017, PIABA will assist members seeking credit for the webinar, but will not be responsible for the application, including any applicable fees.