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Ethics rules, the principles of professionalism, and sanctionable conduct are interrelated. Lawyers have a duty to zealously represent their clients, but they do not have a duty to engage in offensive conduct that may be desired by clients. Lawyers have duties of confidentiality and honesty, but those duties do not always require pressing every advantage, such as when the lawyer knows that opposing counsel has made a material drafting error in a transactional document. In these and many other scenarios, ethics rules, professionalism, and potentially sanctionable conduct subtly interact. This program will provide you with a practical guide to professionalism for the ethical lawyer.
Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including 1 ethics hour
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP – Tysons Corners, Virginia