Ethical Obligations of Lawyers — Live Webcast 8/28/18

The ethical obligations for legal service industry professionals is constantly evolving, with new and changing rules, regulations, and case law. On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, I will be participating in a live webinar organized by The Knowledge Group on the latest ethical obligations for attorneys. My briefing will cover: Engagement Agreements (California Perspective) -- contingency, …

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Ethically Withdrawing from Representation

Properly withdrawing from representation pursuant to applicable rules, ethics opinions and case law can reduce the risk of a legal malpractice claim. On November 1, 2018, California’s revised Rules of Professional Conduct will become effective, and the current Rule 3-700 governing withdrawal will be replaced with new Rule 1.16. A lawyer must take “reasonable steps” …

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New Ethics Rules for Law Firm Managers and Supervisors

Effective November 1, 2018, California's new Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), will become applicable to all California attorneys. The new RPCs include both significantly modified rules and entirely new rules. One new series of rules applicable in California for the first time includes Rules 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3, governing law firms and associations and addressing …

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Ending the Attorney Client Relationship: Duties in Connection with Termination of Representation

When an attorney ends a client relationship, there are important ethical responsibilities he or she must consider, including the duty of responsibility. I'm looking forward to speaking on the topic at a San Diego County Bar Association "Nuts & Bolts Series" presented by the Bar's Legal Ethics Committee on Friday, August 17th at 12:00 pm …

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Ethics Regulations at San Diego Paralegal Association Conference

Procopio law firm Partner and General Counsel Carole Buckner (2nd from left, w/ Procopio employees Joe Maniwan, Sheila Grela and Monica Manriquez), spoke on legal ethics recently at a San Diego Paralegal Association conference.  Carole discussed ethics regulation governing billing of attorneys’ fees,v including an Arbitration Advisory by the California State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory …

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Carole Buckner Appointed to the Committee on the Future of Ethics

As a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the Committee on the Future of Lawyering.  Part of the mission of APRL is to not only comment upon but to initiate positive changes in the laws and regulations regarding professional responsibility.  APRL …

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Legal Ethics for Immigration Lawyers

I am speaking tomorrow evening with attorney Ed McEntyre to the San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers.  We will be discussing handling of retainers, proposed new rules governing professional responsibility issues of importance to immigration practitioners, as well as dealing with the State Bar, including Lozada motions, State Bar investigations, and State Bar discipline. …

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