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The Ethical Lawyer’s Ten Commandments of Defensive Lawyering

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Produced on June 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

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.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basics of insurance coverage, legal banking, and the importance of frequent communication with clients, court, and counsel
  2. Build strategic relationships and grow your law practice
  3. Recognize problematic clients and bad situations, and learn how to avoid them
  4. Demystify the rules about conflicts of interest and use them to your advantage
  5. Avoid getting in over your head or, if it's too late, learn how to get out safely


This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2019 Bridge the Gap Event.     

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.



Reviews

RP
Randall P.

great speaking style and very easy to listen to and learn from

GB
Gerald B.

Very enjoyable

AC
A. Fredric C.

Mr. Garfinkle was particularly excellent!

GS
Gregory S.

The speaker was very likable and a pleasure to listen to.

MS
Mark S.

Thank you.

SM
Sharon M.

Excellent!?

PR
Patrick R.

This is the best program and presenter to date.

GN
Gregory N.

excellent practical advise

RD
Robert D.

Fantastic communicator. Such sound and practical advice..

AP
Anne P.

Very pleasant instructor!

CT
Charles T.

Excellent speaker.

RR
Rebecca R.

This guy makes ethics fun!

AC
Aaron C.

Excellent stuff. More about ways to keep clients updated.

IM
Irwin M.

A real world presentation

BM
Bonnie M.

Instructor communicated well.

ME
Mark E.

Great lawyer! I've personally used him.

GC
Gary J. C.

Excellent program from Marc, as usual.

RS
Rachel S.

Presentation was excellent! Great speaker.

JA
Joseph A.

Favorite instructor so far...

JL
Judy L.

excellent material content and Mr. Garfinkle was a very effective and engaging speaker.

CC
Christopher C.

instructor was fantastic.

DB
Dana B.

Great lecture

JG
Jerry L G.

Very nice. Thank you.

RZ
Roger Z.

excellent outstanding speaker

LA
Lisa A.

Informative, and enjoyable. Thank you!

RW
Rufus W.

Great review for a seasoned lawyer- especially solo practitioner or small firm---- wish I had something like this when I started or as a final course in law school, congrats

VD
Venice D.

Spectacular!

IS
Ingrid S.

Excellent program— very engaging speaker

MR
Michael R.

Outstanding speaker!

TR
Tracie R.

Excellent presentation in both form and substance, with good real-world examples

JC
John C.

hilarious

JH
John H.

Very good and I would say great points and review for sole

RV
Ross V.

excellent

DT
Douglas T.

a very engaging speaker some very important points but didn't hit the mark enough in terms of the topic

JW
joanne W.

Speaker was fabulous

MM
Maria M.

Great course. Loved it.

ML
Michael L.

Outstanding presentation of ethicall issues of immediately useful information.

JB
John B.

Excellent!

CS
Chris S.

The ethics classes are the most important. Great advice . Quick 75 minutes

LG
Leo G.

A totally superb presenter!!!

GB
George B.

He was a very engaging speaker and would no doubt be highly persuasive as an advocate. The lessons were familiar but worth repeating.

RP
Robert P.

Very good speaker!

TG
Thomas G.

He was great.

MR
Matthew R.

Good presentation that was lively and interesting.

MN
Matthew N.

Excellent program -- and enjoyable.

KD
Karen D.

he is awesome

CO
Catherine O.

Excellent presentation and class participation - real life examples really help!

ML
Michael L.

Very engaging, knowledge and empathetic speaker

GJ
Gloria J.

Excellent presentation!

VP
Virginia P.

Excellent presentation

MT
Mark T.

Good Lecture

RM
Robert M.

Lecturer was fantastic !

DJ
Dustin J.

Great Presenter

KB
Katherine B.

I enjoyed this session more than others. The instructor is clear, relatable, and actually pretty funny. Great program with a lot of practical examples and applications.

GD
Gabriel D.

Superb presenter

MO
Mary Ann O.

Great guy! Extremely knowledgeable! Excellent material & presentation!

MM
Michael M.

I thought this was an especially useful and practical CLE.

JB
Julie A. B.

Engaging delivery punctuated with helpful practice tips.

RF
Ronald F.

Very entertaining & informative

CB
Cynthia B.

Excellent

DC
Doug C.

Not just an ethics (ethical) attorney, Attorney Garfinkle seems like one of the really "good guys" in the practice of law. Wish that I had run across more attorneys like him in my practice.

GC
Gerald C.

good course

CP
Crystal P.

Well spoken and familiar with the ethical rules.

AM
Adam M.

Informative, engaging and an enjoyable presentation

AB
Amber B.

I loved this course!! The information will help me improve and build my practice. So appreciated!

MA
Mary A.

Really enjoyed this course

PG
Phillip G.

This is one of the more entertaining ethics courses and has practical advice that can be implemented effectively immediately.

PS
Pamela S.

What a wonderfully engaging man. Great, practical tips.

VP
Vincent P.

Marc would inspirational in any field he practiced. Please ask him to lecture for Lawline in other subjects in which he has believes he has competency. He is a pleasure to listen to and learn from.

JM
Joseph M.

Quite helpful & informative

JK
Joanne K.

Even though I had listened to the lecturer previously during a live Bridge the Gap class, I thoroughly enjoyed today's session. He is a great speaker with many relevant examples. Thank you!

GE
George E.

Very practical.

AF
anne f.

I LIKED THIS GUY

JL
Jessica L.

Instructor was engaging and made the substantive material interesting with examples.

TB
Timothy B.

Good program

CP
Christiana P.

Very wise and knowledgeable lawyer!

JT
John T.

Well presented, excellent subject matter

WG
Walter G.

speaker was informative and engaging

DM
Debra M.

Great Speaker

GH
glen h.

Best presenter on lawline

JU
JAMES U.

Excellent speaker. Very enjoyable

WP
William P.

Good presentation

SM
Sameer M.

This course was phenomenal! Thoroughly enjoyed it, and, as a solo-practitioner, it was a great to listen to a seasoned solo talk about many of the issues I've encountered and how to manage them.

LB
Leonard B.

Excellent advice, very well presented. Also really good that Mr. Garfinkle will answer questions for attorneys who watched his presentation on Lawline.

JS
Joseph S.

good speaker and very practical

DB
Deborah B.

Excellent speaker -- wish you had more like him. Not bored with his topic and not afraid to make a few jokes!

JH
Jonathan H.

Great presenter!!! Very interesting and engaging, and super useful content

KH
Keith H.

Good readable slides. Clear communications. Very practical advice.

TH
Todd H.

A really nice job. A lawyer's lawyer.

LP
leigh p.

Great!

RW
Robert W.

Very entertaining presentation.

PP
Paula P.

Best one yet! Best one yet!

MC
Mark C.

Informative

DN
David N.

Mr. Garfinkle was very conversant with the subject matter and very entertaining in his presentation.

WM
Winifred M.

Captivating speaker!

GS
Gregory S.

He made ethics interesting

AB
Allen B.

Excellent program.

MM
Marcia M.

Excellent presentation!

MF
Michael F.

interesting speaker

JL
Jennifer L.

Fantastic speaker -good use of examples; obviously very experienced; practical explanations; interesting.

CT
CLAUDIA T.

The speaker is very inspiring!!! I would like to thank him.

OL
OSCAR L.

Thank you, Marc, for an informative and entertaining (not boring at all) presentation. If i ever make it up to your neck of the woods, i would love to meet you. Happy Holidays. OscarV

EK
Eileen K.

Great teacher, great ethics class!

KY
Karen Y.

Both entertaining and informative - can' remember the last time an ethics program felt like it had flown by!

MA
Maria A.

Down to earth, straight forward, practical and entertaining presentation. Great CLE

DC
Douglas C.

The speaker was very down-to-earth and made his points clearly.

CB
Christopher B.

I really liked how the speaker gave lessons and tips that were not just good for ethics but were good business tips as well (e.g., send hard copies so client will remember your firm name from seeing it so much).

PM
Pamela M.

Excellentlecture. Interesting and valuable

JM
John A. M.

Excellent tips and engaging presentation.

RH
Richard H.

Instructor was great.

ER
Eric R.

thanks

RP
Richard P.

Very good speaker. Easy to listen to.

YR
Yasmine R.

Great speaker,

JB
Jo Anne B.

Great lecture! I would attend the lecturer's class any time.

TG
Thomas G.

It is not my favorite topic, but the speaker was excellent.

DA
DIANA A.

I found the presenter engaging, funny and knowledgeable.

DD
David D.

Really enjhoyed this speaker!

AL
Andrew L.

Good for new lawyers

BW
BRIAN W.

Very informative

JG
James G.

This course should be taken at least every two years. Great way to server clients and protect yourself

WE
wendy e.

he is a great speaker

DL
David L.

excellent

MK
Manjit K.

Very funny. Great stories

AR
April R.

Excellent!

AA
Aristides A.

Great!

JF
Jennifer F.

Excellent class. Great speaker.

BH
Benjamin H.

Extremely practical and helpful advice for every attorney

JA
Jody M A.

Excellent! Best class so far!

JG
Julie G.

Great Presentation.

RT
Richard T.

Excellent speaker; very engaging and informative

LH
Lenese H.

Absolutely appreciated this presenter's style and substance.

RS
Rita S.

He really holds your attention. Very usable and practical advice.

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