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The Legal Ethics Minefield *In Person Only at the D.C. Bar* (NEW)

August 27, 2019

Credits: 3.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Description: A strong argument can be made that legal ethics, unlike many aspects of legal practice, gets more difficult and dangerous over time.  Despite intensifying scholarship and more attention by bar associations than ever before, today’s lawyers are faced with the reality of rules that cannot keep up with the evolution of the profession, and stark jurisdictional contradictions often involving the identical language.  At the same time, the sheer volume of legal ethics decisions, revisions, and sifting conclusions make the individual lawyer’s duty of knowing his or her professional standards of conduct nearly impossible to meet.

In this entirely new legal ethics class, attendees will examine some of the most perplexing areas of this dynamic topic, and be introduced to concepts and tools that can help anticipate the ethical dilemmas and conflicts to come.  Among the topics covered in this thought-provoking class:

  • The dangerous temptation to gamble with conflicts and waivers
  • The growing profession-business divide
  • Unresolved legal ethics problems: negotiation, reporting misconduct, the standard conception, the extent of loyalty, the inadvertently received document, personal conflicts
  • The legal ethics lessons of Clarence Darrow’s last, ugly case
  • Ethics and the Disbarred lawyer
  • Sexual harassment and bias
  • Looming D.C. Rules changes
  • Modern practices vs. Traditional ethics
  • The intersection of technology and ethics
  • New developments
  • …and more.

This interactive and informative course was developed – and will be moderated – by Jack Marshall, President of the ethics consulting and training firm ProEthics.


  • Jack Marshall, President, ProEthics Ltd

Fee: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $129 Others

The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.


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