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Ethically speaking: Online series focuses on law students’ professional conduct

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The Law Student Division is partnering with the Center for Professional Responsibility and the Young Lawyers Division for a series of four webinars that focus on ethics and the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

You can register for all four right now:

The first one is coming up on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. EDT. Grace Meredith Small, student liaison to the Center for Professional Responsibility, will talk with Dennis Rendleman, ethics counsel at the American Bar Association, on the topic of “Understanding the Bar Admission Form and the Moral Character and Fitness Application.” You can register for it today to receive updates and information.

The second, “Ethics and Technology: Avoiding Traps and Pitfalls,” takes place on Nov. 11.

The description:

Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Competence) states that in order to maintain requisite skill and knowledge, lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…”   Many states are adopting this language, which resulted from the work of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20.  This session will explore the technology related amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and how they fit with Model Rule 1.1 to help ensure that upon your entry into practice you can avoid any potential traps and pitfalls.

Small returns to the moderator chair for a panel that includes Justice Daniel J. Crothers of the North Dakota Supreme Court and Ellyn Rosen of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

The series returns on March 9, 2017, with “Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline” with Rosen.

No law student or lawyer sets out to become a disciplinary statistic. In today’s challenging legal services marketplace, many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm settings or are joining alternative legal service providers such as legal process outsourcing companies.   The training provided by law schools may not sufficiently prepare soon-to-be lawyers for the ethical and related business challenges they will encounter, leaving them more vulnerable to disciplinary complaints once they begin practice. Experts in the field of professional responsibility law discuss twelve simple tips to help young lawyers steer clear of lawyer discipline and explain what to do if you find yourself on the receiving end of a complaint.

And as the Class of 2017 prepares for their bar exam summer, working while not yet being admitted, the series concludes with “Parameters of ‘Practice’ for Law Students and Not Yet Licensed Law School Graduates” on April 6.

Law students often receive their first practical experience in the practice of law as a law student employee of a law firm. This can be a great experience for law students, but a law student is not a lawyer and what the law student is allowed to do is limited. This session will define the parameters of “practice” for law students and not-yet-licensed law school graduates, and provide practical tips on how to handle the partner or supervising lawyer when the law student is asked to go too far.


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