Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm
Every representation involves “bad” facts and/or “bad” law – facts and law that run counter to a client’s objectives.
Ethical tensions and issues arise when a lawyer has to disclose bad facts or law to a court or administrative panel, or even to an adversary.
- At what point does the lawyer’s duty as a member of the bar and officer of the court require disclose even when it is adverse to a client’s interest whom the lawyer must zealously represent?
- What are the limits to how a lawyer may represent an adverse fact or adverse law, even unpublished law, to an adversary?
Answering these difficulty questions may not only impact the outcome of a representation but potentially expose ethical sanction.
This program provides a practical guide to the ethical issues surrounding bad facts and bad law in client representations.
- Lawyer ethical duties to disclose bad facts and bad law
- Ethical issues surrounding the representation of adverse facts to tribunals and adversaries
- Duties to disclose adverse legal precedent to courts and administrative panels
- When is a lawyer required to disclose bad fact or law versus when they may disclose?
- Timing issues – at what stage should adverse facts and law be disclosed?
- Related issues of confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege
- Ex parte communications with the courts – what’s ethically permissible, what’s not?
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