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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Carole J. Buckner Named a “Top Lawyer in San Diego 2018”

Carole J. Buckner was recognized as a Top Lawyer in San Diego for 2018 by San Diego Magazine. The annual list of top lawyers in San Diego was published in the magazine’s March issue. She was recognized as a Top Lawyer under the specialty Legal Ethics. Read more at sandiegomagazine.com To compile the annual list, …

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Terminating Sanctions Granted

My recent article in the Ethics in Brief column for the San Diego County Bar Association discusses a case involving terminating sanctions granted by a court after delays in scheduling discovery. About Carole J. Buckner Carole J. Buckner is a Partner and General Counsel with Procopio in San Diego, California. She is an AV Peer Review Rated …

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