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Ethics and the Government Lawyer 2019 *In-Person Only*

July 31, 2019

Credits:3.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Description: The state rules of professional conduct do not always apply neatly to the unique ethical pressures public service places on the government lawyer, or provide the necessary guidance when an ethical dilemma arises.  This class examines such dilemmas within the full context of government practice, which must meet the standards of the Rules of Professional Conduct while respecting other unique considerations as well.  Participants will discuss and debate challenging hypothetical scenarios based on current cases and controversies, in an interactive and fast-moving three-hour course.  Among the many issues our engaging and popular presenter will explore:

  • What is confidentiality in a government context?
  • What is the permissible balance of ethics and politics? 
  • Is everything “the practice of law?”
  • When does the public become the client? 
  • What actions permitted in private practice become unethical when performed by a government lawyer?
  • What conflicts are avoidable, and which ones are not?
  • Is avoidance of “the appearance of impropriety,” a governmental ethics standard or a legal one, and does it matter?
  • And more.


  • Jack Marshall, 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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