On Demand

Ethics and the Criminal Defense Attorney

1h 3m

Created on December 03, 2019




From retention through trial, criminal defense attorneys daily face a host of ethical and quasi-ethical questions. In multi-defendant cases, who can be a party to a joint defense agreement? What are the protections (and limitations) afforded by joint defense agreements? How can a defense attorney be an effective advocate without being accused of obstructing the government's investigation? What are a defense attorney's discovery obligations? Can a defense attorney call a witness to the stand who the attorney believes will lie? How does a defense attorney prepare a witness for testimony?

This course, co-presented by defense attorneys Lee Vartan and Danielle Corcione of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, will consider these questions, and others, in light of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct and recent case law.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify common ethical questions facing criminal defense attorneys
  2. Determine how best to navigate those questions in light of ethics rules and case law
  3. Adhere to your ethical requirements while being an aggressive and vigorous advocate

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