--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,ID,IL,NJ,NY,PA,WA
--- ethics
--- course production date: 3/19/2016
--- presented by MARC D. GARFINKLE

It used to be that a lawyer's mistakes, negligence, incompetence or poor client-relations would often lead to a lawsuit for malpractice. It was almost axiomatic that, if there was insurance, no ethics charge would follow. That has changed dramatically.

Today, under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, (and all other state attorney ethics rules), competence, diligence and adequate client communication are matters of ethical concern. Attorneys who fall short of the standards may risk injury to their licenses, in addition to the civil sanctions that might apply. Many jurisdictions have held that a violation of these rules is conclusive evidence of negligence.

In this fast-paced program, looks at some of the issues attorneys should consider whenever handling matters for clients.

Key course points are:
• Recognize the practices and activities that yield ethics violations.
• Establish work habits and protocols that will obviate ethics problems.
• Gain awareness of the relationship between our clients and our licenses.

--- presented by MARC D. GARFINKLE

Marc D. Garfinkle (J.D., 1978, Hastings, SF) is a long-time trial lawyer, award-winning speaker, national CLE lecturer, law school instructor, columnist and author.

Since 2006, Marc has been Adjunct Professor of Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall University Law School, where he also provides instruction to law students on behalf of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and judges the Gibbons Criminal Procedure National Moot Court Competition.

Limiting his law practice to attorney ethics and discipline, Marc writes a regular column on legal ethics for the New Jersey Law Journal, and is a frequent guest in other media. He is special legal ethics consultant to Thomson Reuters, Inc., and lectures extensively to lawyers from coast to coast.

In recent years, he has presented live ethics-based MCLE programs to the state bar associations of Alaska, South Carolina, Oregon, Missouri and Ohio, as well as the United States Department of Homeland Security, Trial Lawyer Division. His programs often are geared to new attorneys, solos and small firms. He offers customized in-house ethics programs to law firms and law departments.

Marc's best-known book is Solo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law without Getting a Job, 3d ed., (©2010, 2014 Solo Contendere Press). His “Hip-Pocket Guide” series of small books includes The Hip-Pocket Guide to Speaking in Public, The Law Enforcement Officer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court and The New Lawyer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Appearing in Court.