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Ethics for Lawyers on the Move

1h 1m

Created on February 07, 2023





Over recent years, it appears that lawyers change employment more frequently for a variety of reasons, including flexibility, remote work, compensation, type of work, and other quality-of-life issues. This course covers the key ethical and contractual issues faced by lawyers who are considering changing jobs, as well as the issues facing their current and prospective employers. When a lawyer moves from one firm to another, the lawyer must consider issues related to client confidence, conflicts, communication, and diligence. They must also consider their obligations to their current firm and partners, the proper handling of files, and fees.  Prospective firm employers must also take care of how they exchange confidential client information for the purpose of assessing potential conflicts.  All involved must be sure clients are informed of their options when a transition occurs so they can make informed decisions about whether to remain with one firm, move to the other or select entirely different counsel. There are additional unique issues for lawyers joining or leaving government employment and for judicial officers and other neutrals considering job changes. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify obligations to existing clients when you want to move to another firm

  2. Identify your obligations to your existing firm under partnership or operating agreements

  3. Assure that client matters are diligently handled during a transition

  4. Abide by ethical obligations if you are a judicial officer, law clerk, or other neutral seeking to leave for private practice

  5. Prepare for leaving private practice to join a government agency or for leaving government to join a private firm

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