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Legal Ethics During the Covid-19 Crisis: Protecting Yourself & Your Client

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Produced on April 20, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Law Practice Management Covid-19

Course Description

No one knows what the legal profession will look like after this pandemic, but there will be changes. Many of the changes, such as working from home, have already become the new status quo. One thing that won’t change is the lawyer’s obligation to put the client’s interest first. 

During the pandemic, if your health or other personal needs trump your practice of law, you may ignore or mishandle a client’s matter - and the disciplinary authorities won’t care how it happened. In this program, taught by former Ethics Committee chair and legal ethics attorney Marc Garfinkle, attorneys will learn how to protect clients by protecting themselves, and how to protect themselves by protecting their clients.  

What would happen if you were to suddenly become ill? Would your client’s matters all be protected? What would happen if your client, or several of them, suddenly get ill or incompetent? Do you know how you would proceed in their best interests? Concerned that your home-based WiFi or cloud-based network may have insufficient security for your clients? You should find out. This course will help attorneys anticipate some worst-case scenarios, get ahead of them, and implement a simple disaster plan to ensure that your clients and your practice will be protected.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major ethical issues facing attorneys during the pandemic
  2. Discuss what to do if you or your clients suddenly become incapacitated
  3. Implement a disaster plan to protect your clients, your license, and your practice 

Credit Information

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Faculty

Marc Garfinkle

Marc D. Garfinkle

A solo since passing the bar in 1978, Marc Garfinkle is an attorney whose practice is limited to legal ethics and discipline, judicial conduct and bar admission. He is also the author of several short books for new attorneys, including $olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law without Getting a Job (3d ed.,©2010, 2019, Solo Contendere Press).

A nationally-acclaimed speaker, Marc has addressed the Solo Practice and New Lawyers divisions of state bar associations from coast to coast, and regularly offers CLE programs for state bars, bar associations, Inns of Court and others.

A former Ethics Committee investigator and Committee Chair, he is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Law Journal, having published approximately fifty ethics-related columns there. He is also frequently quoted in electronic and print media on matters of legal ethics. Marc also teaches Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall University Law School, and and is the Public Defender in the Township of Livingston.



Reviews

AL
Ann L.

I really enjoyed this presenter. I appreciated how down to Earth he is and how much he emphasized collegiality and empathy among attorneys.

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Blake B.

This was excellent, really enjoyed the presenting and his message.

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Joseph K.

Please have Marc Garfinkle teach more classes. I intend on searching on the web, etc for other talks and classes with him, and checking out any of his books.

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Hajime I.

Instructor's remarks that we should see each other as colleagues rather than competitors are touching. We need this for this profession.

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Valerie W.

Excellent speaker.

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Anne F Q.

The presenter was awesome. :)

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Joel A.

Very valuable information. The presenter identified issues I had not considered.

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Wendy Y.

Sad topic great speaker

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David H.

Great course

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Assly S.

This was superb. Marc was real. He gave real practical advice based on the rules. He reminded me of a lot of things I need to take care of and to be careful of. Practical, timely, and engaging. A must watch in 2020/2021. I loved his theme: we are not competitors. We are collogues!

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Daniel M.

Very timely and practical information.

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Jeff P.

Love the ending; viewing other attorneys as colleagues as opposed to adversaries.

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Melissa L.

Excellent course

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Ryan A.

Best ethics presentation I have ever listened to.

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Vanessa P.

GOOD COURSE

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Sherri M.

Valuable information presented in an interesting way.

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Iris G.

I particularly liked the ending, about being colleagues instead of adversaries. It was eye opening and so important. I'm a paralegal, so it doesn't really apply to me, as I treat attorneys in my office and on the other side with great respect. (After all, you never know when I will need a job!) I hope when we all go back after Covid-19, more attorneys treat opposing sides as colleagues, not adversaries. Life would be much better that way.

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Melissa L.

Loved this lecturer, Marc Garfinkel. He is my all time favorite Lawline lecturer thus far. Some of the others are so dry and boring. Marc actually put me in a good mood with his inspiring and fun tone.... which during election week 2020, is saying a lot. Thanks Marc for a great presentation and content!

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Alicia R.

Very necessary in this strange time.

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Mia V.

Well done!

TL
Thomas L.

Great presenter with good perspective and content. The point that instincts will get an attorney in trouble in the area of ethics was a great one that will be with me forever.

TB
Thomas B.

Thank you!

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Karen T.

This was the best CLE session in which I have participated. Kudos to this presenter! The practice of law would less stressful if more attorneys shared his values.

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Edward B.

important topic at this time

CK
Candice K.

This was an enjoyable presentation. I highly recommend it. One of the most relevant CLE's I've attended recently.

LM
Lindsey M.

Excellent presentation. Thank you!

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Catherine H.

thanks very much, good presenter with a nice style for this subject matter, I liked his comment about colleagues vs. competitors in the legal profession, thanks again

JL
James L.

Very good.

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Kathy P.

This was a great CLE and Mr. Garfinkle is very likable.

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MARTHA S.

The presentation was timely, helpful and interesting. Beyond that the speaker is delightful to listen to.

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janine s.

I was hoping for some practical advise as to to virtualize; court conferences and depositions but the course was still helpful and the speaker was very good.

JT
Jaime Alejandro T.

Somewhat more directed to attorneys having individuals as clients, rather than companies, but nevertheless valuable and applicable to my practice. Thank you.

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Sandra A.

This was among the better presentations. Timely and relevant.

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Henry R.

Garfinkle is by far the BEST lecturer you have. Thank you for providing him. HE is the reason I will keep coming back to LAWLINE for all my multi-jurisdictional CLE needs. Please...ask him to do more lectures!

JH
Jenn H.

Great Presentation. Great Speaker.

MY
Marie Y.

Particularly refreshing course on ethics.

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BRADLEY B.

This professor is awesome. Insightful and funny.

LS
Leonora S.

Easily digestible information. Very informative

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Elizabeth M.

excellent ideas for protection of clients

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Andrew A.

Excellent Presentation!

PM
Pamella M.

Excellent suggestions and guidance for the unique challenges ahead!

AS
Alexander S.

Great presentation and take away

DK
Diana K.

Thought the course was great. However, I am in house counsel, so some of the information was not relevant. But as an attorney, I should be knowledgeably on this content.

KH
Kristin H.

I really enjoyed how the speaker ended the classes. I think a lot of attorneys have forgotten their opposing counsel is a person as well. It was nice to hear there are still attorneys out there who remember this.

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Richard S. N.

great presentation - enjoyable as well as infformative

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Virginia T.

Great information on handling client's best interests

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Jill A.

This guy is great. He hooked me from the start, when he said he had a face for radio! He must be a terrific trial attorney.

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Opal B.

I liked the instructor very much, appreciated his positive message and words of wisdom and comfort at the end, and enjoyed the course.

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Nicole P.

Mr. Garfunkle was wonderful! Timely and practical information.

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pamela c.

Thank you!

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Annette B.

Well done.

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Amanda L.

I really enjoyed this one, thank you!

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Rosemary B.

Loved his cooperative attitude. We seem to have lost that in the practice with many attorneys.

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Catherine D.

The instructor/lawyer is very nice and knowledgable. Thank you.

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Linda Z.

Sage wisdom for times like these and always, really. All attorneys should have disaster management plans and the presenter offers a beautiful perspective on how to regard other attorneys.

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Michael F.

excellent presentation

MH
Mike H.

Excellent teacher!

RC
Richard C.

Very good course

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Ralph C. L.

i enjoyed the presenter !

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Erin D.

Very helpful points to think about during this new and stressful times for attorneys.

LC
Laura C.

I like this guy.

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Torger D.

Good course and relevant to the effects COVID has on our ethics obligations.

AK
Amy K.

very timely and informative

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Donna S.

Very informative and gave useful information.

PC
Peter C.

Thank you!

KF
Kevin F.

High quality from a presenter who cares about lawyers and the subject matter!

NM
Neely M.

this was a great class and Mr. Garfinkel is a great instructor. Thanks!

LC
Lawrence C.

Very timely, relevant and well presented!

NC
Nicole C.

These were really helpful discussions and he is a knowledgeable and personable presenter.

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Walter N.

Timely presentation

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Brittney B.

This course was very helpful!

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susan j.

He did an excellent job. And he has a great demeanor. He made very good points at the end. I enjoyed this course.

HW
Heather W.

This is probably the best CLE I have ever taken.

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Ferdinando ("Fred") P.

Very Informative

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DIANA A.

Be well, stay safe!!

MC
Michael C.

excellent

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Barbara E.

Take this course! Excellent presenter.

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Alexandra D.

The presenter spoke very well, the presentation was informative. Any question that I had beforehand was answered in a comprehensive way that I did not need to ask a question during the presentation. Very well done!

PD
Patricia D.

Great presenter, funny and informative!

DL
Dawn L.

Very informative!

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