Ethics courses in law school for the most part fail to explain to students how our profession self regulates. Students do not understand the process by which the grievance committees and the Appellate Divisions address allegations of professional misconduct.
Similarly, law school ethics courses tend to teach theory based upon improbable ethics scenarios, while failing to address the real world errors by which most lawyers actually come before the courts and the committees.
This course will provide an overview of the grievance system in New York; the various levels and types of professional discipline; the most common causes of discipline; and, practical guidance on how lawyers can best protect themselves.
This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.
Chris McDonough is an attorney who has spent his 25 plus year legal career practicing and educating exclusively in the field of professional ethics. Admitted in 1988 in New York and Colorado he was appointed to the position of Assistant Counsel to the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District in 1989. During his thirteen years with the Committee he prosecuted numerous attorney disciplinary proceedings, and briefed appeals to the Appellate Divisions, the Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He began the private practice of law in January 2003, with primary offices in Nassau County. He practices throughout New York State and has appeared before all four Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals.
Mr. McDonough’s practice is focused on matters involving attorney and judicial disciplinary defense, character and fitness/admission matters, law school discipline, bar exam issues, and risk management. He is on retainer to a number of law firms, from solo practices to multiple lawyer law firms, to provide professional evaluation and guidance to assist clients in avoiding malpractice and misconduct situations. He has been certified as an expert on professional ethics and the practice of law by various courts throughout the state.
Mr. McDonough has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Ethics. He has authored numerous articles for various law reviews, law journals, and other publications. He is a regular CLE instructor for local law schools, local and regional bar associations, attorney groups, etc. He sits as an Executive Sub-Committee member for the Professional Ethics Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Select a print and blog articles are available at Newyorkethicslawyer.com.
Great course, Great instructor.
Was helpful in understanding the grievance process and what safeguards I can make to prevent seemingly unforeseeable issues.
Truly excellent presentation!!!!!
Excellent lecture and presented in a very engaging and effective way.
Fun and interesting on a scary topic.
Very good info. Well organized topics.
Excellent presenter with a sense of humor. He was also very knowledgeable.
Well done - a difficult topic explained with practical advice and humor.
This was an excellent speaker. The materials was really informative for lawyers, and it was great coming from someone who represents lawyers rather than a member of the grievance committee.
Really enjoyed this. Had a good way of making less interesting content more digestible...
very engaging and straightforward speaker
A gold mine of information and an excellent speaker.
he made the presentation enjoyable, andnot a dry reading of regulations
I enjoyed this presentation and the presenter was excellent.
Excellent knowledge and examples.
So practical as to be useful.
Contains much practical information.
Excellent, very informative program
Comprehensive and practical.
One of the best lectures in the bundle. Fantastic speaker. The lecture covered a very serious topic. His delivery was light and relaxed, which was a good approach given that these are heavy issues for a lawyer. Very engaging speaker.
for a dull subject, presenter was excellent, he kept my attention
I liked Mr. McDonough's down to earth approach
Might be the best ethics course I've ever taken
A most engaging speaker.
He did a great job!
very good course, unusual for an ethics course
Very knowledgeable speaker.
EXCELLENT! Mr. MacDonough was very knowledgeable, engaging and opened my eyes on how to protect myself. I’m actually going to listen to his lecture again! Well done! Thank you.
Great instructor - practical advice, well organized, clear and easy to follow delivery.
Excellent speaker imparting his knowledge in a straightforward, personal manner. I would like to hear additional courses from him.
Interesting and well-presented.
Instructor was excellent, high recommend!
Excellent and super informative!! Thank you.
Great lawyer. Very helpful.
Very enjoyable and knowledgeable speaker
very good teacher and advice - should be longer