Lawyers at every level of experience are subject to the same rules governing professional conduct. We are all expected to know these rules and to comply with them, and if we become the subject of an ethical investigation, grievance or complaint, the impact is usually profound. There are countless ways for a lawyer to get in ethical trouble, but perhaps only a dozen different acts or omissions constitute 98% of the charges actually filed. Drawing from his experience as a former Ethics Committee chair and as a legal ethics attorney, presenter Marc Garfinkle offers advice about the most common ethical pitfalls and how to avoid them. Couching ten of his caveats as divine imperative, Marc explains the Rules and the most common ways attorneys run afoul of them.
This fast-moving and humorous program is full of insights, suggestions, and warnings for lawyers in the modern legal environment. Suitable for experienced and new lawyers alike, the program is geared for the newer attorney and the attorney who is new at the business of lawyering.
This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2019 Bridge the Gap Event.
This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit
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 is public defender in his home town.
Absolutely appreciated this presenter's style and substance.
He really holds your attention. Very usable and practical advice.