Ethics in Advocacy: Instinct, Insight, and Competing Obligations

(1735 Ratings)

Produced on: December 19, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Join Proskauer’s Professional Responsibility Counsel J. Charles Mokriski as he provides an analysis of four frequent examples of ethical or professional responsibility situations arising in litigation practice.

 

Using hypothetical sets of facts, Charles discusses applicable rules of professional conduct, relevant ethics opinions and case law, as well as the evolution of various outcomes across different jurisdictions and time frames.

 

Learning Objectives:

I.     Examine how ethics analysis has changed over the years with the transformation of aspirational and value centric “legal ethics” into the black letter rule-based regime of “professional responsibility”

II.    Grasp core principles and values that have been maintained, sometimes with the gratuitous support of hoary clichés, like “the appearance of impropriety,” and its colloquial brother, “the smell test”

III.   Effectively address practical problems and real life issues by focusing on the policy objectives ethics rules and the values they are designed to advance



This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.

Faculty

J. Charles Mokriski

Proskauer Rose LLP

Charles Mokriski, the firm's Professional Responsibility Counsel, is in the Litigation Department and a member of the Law Firm Practice Group. For the last 12 years, he has increasingly focused on counseling and representing lawyers and law firms in regard to legal ethics and professional responsibility, and on serving as an expert witness in disputes involving these subjects.

 

Previously, Charles’s practice was in the area of commercial and intellectual property litigation and counseling; the representation of clients from diverse industries in administrative and regulatory proceedings; and the representation of the news media in regard to access, defamation and other First Amendment issues.

 

From 1972 through 1990, he spent six months each year as a registered lobbyist before the Connecticut General Assembly for business and professional organizations and trade associations.

 

Charles is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, in the last year of a three-year term. His prior positions of note in regard to legal ethics and professional responsibility include serving as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2008. From 2000 through 2009, he taught Professional Responsibility at Boston College Law School as an adjunct professor.

 

Charles is a past president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, a national association of lawyers who write, teach and practice in the area of professional responsibility; and past chair of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee. He also has chaired and served on numerous continuing legal education panels and published articles dealing with legal topics generally and legal ethics in particular.

 

Before he joined Proskauer, Charles practiced for many years at Day Pitney LLP and its predecessor firm, Day Berry & Howard, where he served as chair of the Ethics Committee for 12 years.

Reviews

JP
John P.

effective and consistent use of examples. Kept it interesting and relatable.

KC
Kristin C.

This was excellent. Loved all the hypotheticals.

AM
Allan M.

good cle

CF
Caroline F.

Very engaging speaker!

JP
Juliet P.

For what is often a dry subject, this was incredibly well taught. I was interested in what the faculty had to say.

DB
Donna J. B.

Excellent presentation

KL
Kenneth L.

Really excellent

DG
Darla G.

Well organized.

EG
Erik G.

Overall, it was a good informative program

SF
Stefanie F.

Very interactive and informative.

JH
John H.

Outstanding speaker!

AB
Audrey B.

Great use of cases to illustrate the rules and bring them into focus.

TE
Tatjana E.

quirky speaker, good content

MF
Maribel F.

Excellent presenter

DG
David G.

Very good presentation.

JS
jon s.

"J. Charles" was a delightful speaker. Extremely knowledgeable. Clever. Thank you.

RS
Richard S.

These are some tricky issues and I've experienced a couple of them in the past -- I wish I'd had the benefit of this course then :-)

SB
Sally B.

Very good info

RS
Randy S.

Very knowledgeable.

KV
Kimberly V.

Love how many formats you can deliver the material.

SR
Scott R.

Thanks!

HB
Harrison B.

This presenter has it all: good written material along with good oral background. He even knows how to tell a joke.

RW
Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for a very informative program.

GW
Geoffrey W.

I particularly like the discussion of real world situations that have occurred and the hypotheticals.

JK
Jill K.

This was a very informative ethics program

MS
Mary S.

Very well done

SL
Steve L.

informative

BS
Barbara S.

Good insights, good presentation.

MG
Mary Jo G.

Very interesting and informative!

BG
Barry G.

Expert presentation by a veteran lawyer. He certainly knows his subject matter well.

JA
Joy A.

rich content and well presented

MC
Michele C.

very informative

KB
Ken B.

Dry subject made good. Nice work.

DH
diana h.

I really enjoyed this speaker. He was interesting and engaging.

MK
Mary Beth k.

I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar

DE
David E.

Presentation was very well done.

JB
Janine B.

The speaker was excellent, and he addressed some of the most important issues in the attorney-client relationship.

MS
Michael L. Simonini S.

very informative

DW
David W.

Very ethical

GG
Gabriel G.

great

CB
Christian B.

surprisingly interesting.

CT
Christina T.

Excellent presentation by an excellent presenter

WB
William B.

Good hypos

PD
Patrick D.

Excellent speaker!

PA
Peter A.

The speaker was extraordinarily expert in his field. I also enjoyed the lively rethreading of dog fights in the ethics community. They should read 2 Hatsell 149-150 (1785) for a 'rule to go by' but that's just my opinion.

JF
Judith Marie F.

Very informative. Great examples.

DG
Dennis G.

Great all around ethics presentation

IK
Ivan K.

The Speaker gave real case examples.

TG
Thomas G.

good

MC
Mark C.

informative

PM
Paul M.

The information is good and useful; good hypotheticals

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