Listening to Your Moral Compass and Preservation of Your Professional Reputation

Recording Date: October 27, 2009
Duration: 90 minutes

102709 Ethics Telecon

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Agenda and Speakers

Listening to Your Moral Compass and Preservation of Your Professional Reputation
• What does it mean to be an ethical attorney? A closer look at the larger impact of unethical behavior on your practice and on the profession
• Illustrations of modern day acts evidencing moral turpitude (ABA Model Rule 8.4)
– Improper client relationships (ABA Model Rules 1.7 and 1.8)
– Mismanagement/misappropriation of client funds (ABA Model Rule 1.15)
– Substance abuse
– Other types of legal violations: theft and sexual assaults
– Financial irresponsibility
• The road to destruction: what patterns, choices, or relationship structures are pre-disposed to ethical violations? (ABA Model Rule 1.14)
• Has the bar for ethical behavior been stretched too thin?
• What is your responsibility in a self-regulating profession when you see signs of unethical behavior in a colleague, opposing counsel or if your client is asking you to act unethically?
• What do you do when you have lost your moral compass and acted unethically? How do you preserve your privilege to practice, protect your client’s interests, and defend yourself all at once?

Faculty:
Mary Kohart, Esq., Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Philadelphia
Dean Phillips, Esq., Elliott Greenleaf, Blue Bell, PA
Mark A. Kearney, Esq., Elliott Greenleaf, Blue Bell, PA