Conflicts of Interest or "What Did I Do Wrong?"

(6853 Ratings)

Produced on: November 29, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

As attorneys, we know that we can avoid conflicts of interest by placing our client’s interests before our own, but conflicts of interest can arise even when one is wary. This program can help attorneys identify conflicts of interest in the practice of law. This course provides effective strategies to avoid conflicts with current and former clients and examines the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and case law that guides us in determining whether such conflicts exist.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Introduction
  2. Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7
    • The Unhappy Spouse
    • “I’ll Take the Weight”
    • Best to Avoid Having Sexual Relations with Clients
    • Principles of RPC 1.7
  3. Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8
    • Never a Borrower nor a Lender Be
    • “As Long As I Get Paid”
  4. Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.9
    • “Til Death Do Us Part” or Maybe Not
    • Substantially Related Matters

 


Faculty

Robert N. Agre

Law Office of Agre & Jensen

Robert N. Agre is the owner of the law firm of Agre & Jensen, where he is a certified criminal trial attorney. He practices in the areas of criminal law, trial practice, personal injury, legal ethics, and municipal law. He is a member of the Camden County Bar Association (Judicial Selection Committee), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, and the New Jersey Association of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Agre was named 2012 Camden County Professional Lawyer of the Year. He has been awarded an AV rating, the highest possible, from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Super Lawyers for eight consecutive years. Mr. Agre is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, and Southern New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Reviews

HK
Harvey K.

Good

GD
George D.

Very impressive first experience

PR
Patricia R.

Great class.

GM
Gerard M.

good basic introduction to ethics with practical examples very good speaker

DS
Dianne S.

Very informative.

PW
Pamela W.

Interesting presentation.

JH
Jean H.

Great hypos!

SS
Steve S.

Good course

JF
John F.

like the personal experiences that were part of the lecture.

JW
James W.

Very good real life examples of conflicts that can result in the lawyer being in a no-win situation.

MB
Michael B.

Clear concise and practical info

EC
Edward C.

an excellent and interesting example-filled lecture

WM
Warren M.

Appreciate the examples and cases

SK
Suzanne K.

Good speaker, interesting cases he chose to illustrate the rules.

RG
Richard G.

Great course. Faculty was very knowledgeable.

RV
Ruben V.

Good information and great examples/cases.

DF
David F.

excellent

AM
Aaron M.

Particularly fascinated by the section dealing with Dunbar.

SM
Susan M.

Good interesting examples.

TK
Thomas E. K.

Excellent real world examples. The course confirmed a lot of what I already knew.

JB
John B.

Outstanding lecturer. His honesty at admitting past mistakes made his entire presentation powerful.

RF
Robert F.

Very good

BM
brian m.

good

JF
Jimmie F.

Great! Fantastic!

DZ
david z.

GREAT AND INFORMATIVE

PJ
PHILLIP J.

well done, well organized with good examples, the complexity of this area is under estimated by all of us.

TL
Todd L.

Very clear. Interesting

JJ
John J.

This was helpful.

JM
Jonah M.

seasoned lecturer

WC
Wilbert C.

Clear and concise lecture on key issues

AW
Anne W.

Good, clear explanation of the concepts.

GM
Gregg M.

Good presentation. Covered a bland topic well.

DC
Daniel C.

Very good lecture. I found the scenarios regarding criminal defense particularly relevant and useful to my own practice.

EL
edwin l.

thought provoking

CE
Catherine E.

Better explanation of conflicts of interest than what my state required me to watch!

MO
Mary Kathleen O.

Excellent! The perfect combination of theory and practice.

RJ
Robert J.

Very well done.

LC
Lisa C.

Enjoyed examples

JH
Jeffrey H.

Personal experience is always a good teacher.

GC
Gerald C.

good review

SM
Stephen M.

One of the most engaging courses I've heard. Highly recommended.

WM
Wendy M.

Excellent speaker. Very interesting!

VK
Victoria K.

I really liked Robert's speaking style and story-telling of real-world examples. I left like I had just sat down and asked an expert, "please tell me the most important aspects of conflict of interest as a practicing attorney and provide interesting insights."

DR
Daniel R.

Very interesting examples in the presentation.

EP
Elizabeth P.

Interesting and well-presented.

DO
Debra O.

Very clear, concise and deliberative.

RS
Regina S.

Very well presented.

SJ
Scott J.

Excellent

RL
Robin L.

good session

DL
Dorothy L.

Good discussion.

SF
Shawn F.

great narration and explanation.

SH
Steven H.

speaker used actual cases he was involved in to illustrate legal principles.

JM
John A. M.

A well-organized and well-presented session with considerable practical value.

AH
Andrea Kelli H.

The hypotheticals added value to the course and helped reinforce the material.

DO
Daniel O.

Great presentation.

DC
Dana C.

informative

DF
David F.

great presenter

DM
Donald M.

Good solid discussion of conflicts of interest as they may impact attorneys.

DD
Darlene D.

I appreciated the non typical examples provided of potential conflicts. This was a valuable lecture.

AM
Alexander M.

Great.

RK
Rachel K.

I thought he was particularly interesting. I liked how he drew on his real life experiences.

MC
Mark C.

Informative

NP
Nirav P.

good attempt at making a dry subject more lively

JL
Joan L.

Very enjoyable and interesting class. Well presented.

JN
John N.

The presentation covered fundamental ethical issues in a clear and concise manner with numerous examples of how conflicts may arise and how they can be (and must be) effectively addressed.

MW
Mark W.

Speaker was interesting and easy to listen to..

MW
Michael W.

This was a very good practical discussion with good examples/hypotheticals. Recommended!

JB
Janet B.

Good info

JS
James S.

thanks

SA
Sharon A.

helpful presentation

GE
Gbolahan E.

Very good

FR
Frank R.

Very good job!

MM
Michael M.

Fantastic presentation. Thank you!

FF
Francis F.

This was the best seminar that I have ever attended/viewed. I hope he does more for your company.

SS
Stacey-Ann S.

Nice teal colored PowerPoint presentation. It made if easy on the eyes. The material was very good too.

LL
Linda L.

The presenter drove the point home. I like hearing about actual cases. Very good.

SS
Steve S.

Enjoyable

MM
Martin M.

Mr. Agre is an outstanding presenter

DP
Dihanne P.

Very clear presentation and great real life examples.

PH
Paul H.

very nice program on conflicts

MG
Michael G.

Very interesting examples that were knowledgeably addressed.

SS
SHARON S.

Ethics is always interesting because it can happen to you.

MV
Martha V.

This was very good information presented in a way that kept my attention.

RW
Robert W.

Useful and entertaining.

RB
ROBERT B.

Excellent.

GH
george h.

In my opinion the speaker appeared to have great knowledge in his subject matter regarding the topic of this course. Thank you.

AH
Amanda H.

matter of fact and instructive lecture by experienced practitioner whose examples were well chosen

SK
Scott K.

Great presentation.

RT
Rajesh T.

good

SJ
Scott J.

Surprisingly good.

JW
James e W.

great speaker

RL
richard l.

more for newer lawyer but very well presented.Great insight on criminal law issues and like suggestion on waiver on consortium claims

JB
Jeffrey B.

good

CT
Christina T.

Great Job very informative and to the point

AS
Alice S.

Would def recommend this lecture

MR
Margaret R.

Good speaker. I liked his approach with personal experiences. I am not a litigator so could have benefited from some anecdotes regarding estate planning. Still worth watching for me.

NG
Nadia G.

Love Lawline. Such a great tool to get info and educations from experts around the country.

CL
Colette L.

interesting material

FB
Fred B.

Good topic to be presented in the context of criminal law.

RY
Richard Y.

Basic, but useful.

BC
Benjamin C.

Clear and informative presentation.

PL
Patricia L.

Thorough and well explained - will look for other courses given by Mr. Agre!

DC
Denine C.

Great speaker - very engaging.

JN
Jamie N.

Great cases; nice delivery

EL
Eric L.

Very effective program.

CK
Chris K.

Excellent Practical Advice!

BR
Bruce R.

Nice, calm presentation

JO
Juliana O.

God course. Thank you.

MN
Michael N.

very interesting and on target with real world examples. Great job

RB
Randy B.

Another course like this would be good with more real world examples to highlight different situations.

MB
Mary B.

Presenter did an excellent job. He spoke slowly, and was engaging at the same time.

VB
Vicki B.

This was great.

JC
Joseph C.

I appreciate the candor and first person experience of the speaker.

PC
Phillip C.

Informative and interesting

FG
Fabian G.

Very Informative. Thank you.

CB
carol b.

Another excellent presentation by this speaker.

JR
Joseph R.

great course materials

LC
Lesa C.

good basic course.

JG
Jay G.

This was a good comprehensive overview of Conflict of Interests, both in Criminal and Civil litigation. The instructor had experience and was knowledgeable in the area, and used some of his cases as examples. He did read some, but overall was effective.

MC
Mark C.

It was good

HS
HYUNJI S.

Helpful!

PN
Paul N.

Lawline, in my experience, selects highly competent presenters, I appreciate that; Mr. Agre is among some of the best.

DG
Daniel G.

GREAT JOB.

AS
amy s.

well prepared and presented.

JW
jeremy W.

Great

AK
Alexander K.

Good presentation.

DB
david b.

Thank you :)

AM
Agnes M.

This was an excellent presentation. Mr. Agre's personal experience as a young lawyer really drove the lesson home!

AR
Anna R.

Class was informative

TB
Tanya B.

Good content

CC
Cecilia C.

Great class. The teacher is a good storyteller and brought the Conflicts of Interest code to life.

RM
Randi M.

helpful

RR
Rolando R.

Thank you

JV
Joseph V.

Very good course

TM
Thomas M.

Bob was superb. Notably, he could speak without reference to the course materials. That is indicative of familiarity with the subject matter. He knows what he is talking about and it shows.

KL
Kirk L.

great

DA
Douglas A.

Very convenient setup

BS
Benjamin S.

Thank you!

NP
Naim P.

This was excellent. He gave real life ethical dilemmas as a great teaching tool. Highly recommended.

CB
Christina Renee B.

Very interesting. Thank you!

RG
Robert G.

Bery useful advice on being wary of representing someone whose fees are being paid by another who may also be charged with the same or similar crime. Common situation that should be recognized as a potential danger zone for attorneys.

MT
Mary T.

V.ery interesting presentation

CW
Casandra B. W.

Excellent presentation

SS
Soula S.

Friendly manner here was appreciated.

JS
Joshua S.

interesting information about ethics

PL
Phyllisina L.

Great instructor! Well informed.

DS
Donald S.

Good analysis of common ethical issues

MA
Mark A.

great

SP
Scott P.

Excellent presenter.

SW
Steve W.

Good common sense refresher for situations that are surprisingly not uncommon in law practice.

AR
Andrew R.

Enjoyed the personal experiences as part of the program.

SW
Silda W.

Well done

LB
Louise B.

interesting examples demonstrating situations which we could all encounter

MZ
Maxwell Z.

Very interesting.

ET
Errol T.

Enjoyed this MCLE. Very informative speaker.

KR
Kenneth R.

He had some interesting case stories. They were different from others that one typically hears in these type of conflicts programs.

DP
Dana P.

Very interesting

TE
Tomas E.

The speaker was very clear using samples cases to explain the topic. Well done.

JC
John C.

excellent

AM
Alison M.

great hypotheticals and case examples

LD
Louis D.

Good examples and pragmatic advice.

HK
Hayato K.

Good to know.

WH
William H.

Interesting review of conflict of interest issues

JC
Jaclyn C.

good program

IG
Iris G.

This was extremely interesting and gave me information I did not know. Thank you.

TA
Thomas A.

I liked the course.

SW
Stephen W.

Good presenter.

AP
amy p.

excellent

KF
Kathleen F.

A good warning about representing multiple clients.

TL
Trisha L.

I liked him. He was very good.

DS
David S.

Outstanding lecture

MV
Marshall V.

Excellent speaker.

MG
Mark G.

Very well delivered material on a very important subject. I particularly appreciated the very personal experiences and the way they relate to everyday practice. THANK YOU!

SS
Stephanie S.

excellent speaker and interesting topic

RS
Robert S.

good examples

AC
Audrey C.

good information

RM
Robert M.

Good presenter.

GM
Gil M.

Interesting topic.

BF
Brian F.

great

CG
Carl G.

this was a thoroughly riveting presentation. Mr. Agre is one of the finest LawLine lectures I have had to pleasure of listening to. He is a brilliantly clear speaker. Thank you.

EL
Erin L.

Very helpful and well presented.

MF
Mary Ellen F.

Speaker was well versed in the subject matter. presented at a good pace and did a good job with the subject matter .

KC
Ken C.

Interesting material and examples

DK
Dorothy K.

Excellent discussion of issues

PO
Patrick O.

The lawyer was terrific. One on the best I've listened to. Must be an excellent lawyer!

SP
Sean P.

Outstanding. Relating lessons to past experiences makes this far more interesting.

NF
Nicholas F.

Interesting course, excellent speaker.

BN
Benedette N.

Very informative even though it's an hour course

KG
Kenneth G.

Interesting anecdotes

RL
Rosa L.

The presentation was very clear and offered practical legal advice.

DS
Daniel S.

Well organized and informative lecture.

GS
greg s.

entertaining and informative.

MF
Mary Ellen f.

great Presentation. good examples

MW
Melissa W.

Very good scenarios. Excellent presenter.

SC
Silvia C.

Very informative.

TP
Timothy David P.

Interesting. Thanks

MD
Matthew D.

interesting and informative

KP
Katherine P.

Good speaker! and lent his own experience!

SS
Steven S.

Best lecturer so far - his real-life examples set/changed rules and laws - these are the type of people whom because of their stories you remember the rules, the nuances and WHY these rules/changes now exist.

PS
Paul S.

Issues and rules were clearly presented.

LJ
Lenore J.

I liked this one.

JM
JC M.

Excellent course

AT
Alan T.

Nice presentation

JZ
Jeffrey Z.

Excellent delivery

TV
THOMAS V.

Really enjoyed this topic.

FO
Frank O.

Excellent and thorough presentation.

AM
Alexandra M.

great!

LO
Lisabeth O.

I really enjoyed this. Thank you, Mr. Agre.

JW
Jessica W.

I found this lecture to be quite interesting -- the anecdotes were great. Thank you!

KG
Kimberly G.

Excellent

BD
Benjamin D.

Interesting first hand examples of conflicts of interests provided that were quite informative.

AP
ANDREW P.

It was helpful to learn that waivers can be undone further down the representation.

AW
Allen W.

Good program; very informative

SW
Steven W.

Excellent, engaging and informative presentation. I would look for other courses by Mr. Agre.

EC
Ethan C.

More ethics courses would be awesome!

CB
Colin Michael B.

I would recommend it as maybe a Part 1 to a series of two or three 1 hour presentations on Ethical Issues.

AF
Alek F.

Experienced presenter, very comfortable, good mix of rules and story

JB
Julie A. B.

Another wonderfully informative presentation by a gifted speaker.

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