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Practice 360° - Red Flags, Guardrails and Hard Stops: Navigating Lawyer Ethics With Difficult Clients (NEW) *Class by Webinar*

September 18, 2020
Credits: 1.0 Ethics Credit Hour

This topical and engaging class will address the ethical issues that may arise when dealing with “difficult” clients. Such clients may include those who want to engage in “shady” ventures; possess alternative facts after the fact; want to be the lawyer; suddenly remember material facts; require the lawyer to remain silent about material facts; and/ or acquire evidence from questionable sources.  Our knowledgeable and experienced faculty will explore the tensions between duties owed to clients (diligence, zealousness, confidentiality) and duties owed the tribunal (candor; meritorious claims); third parties (truthfulness; respect for legal rights); the rule of law and the administration of justice.
The panel will use hypothetical scenarios to identify competing ethical duties and how the ethics rules guide and limit lawyers when their clients present ethically challenging behavior.  They will also discuss situations which require or permit lawyers to withdraw from representation pursuant to Rule 1.16 when a client goes off the rails.
Faculty: Daniel Schumack, Schumack Law Firm PLLC; Erika Stillabower, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel; Hope C. Todd, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel
Co-sponsor: D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service
Fees: For more information concerning the Practice 360⁰ Program, including registration, click here.
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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