The following topics are covered in this program:
Ethics as Affecting Pocketbook Issues
Confidentiality of Privileged Communications
Responding Professsionally and Ethically to Hardball Tactics
Ethical Issues in Mediation and Arbitration
This program was developed by the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and produced on November 20, 2004. It consists of four presentations regarding ethics and professionalism in different aspects of one's practice. Join a veteran panel of legal ethics experts as they discuss common ethical pitfalls and recent court decisions that affect professional conduct.
Part one covers ethics as they affect pocket book issues with an in-depth focus on the Fletcher v. Davis decision. Other topics covered in this segment include referral fees, fiduciary duty and malicious prosecution. Part two covers confidentiality of privileged communications. This segment discusses the broad governance of Business & Professions Code § 6068(e). Other topics covered include inadvertent disclosures, California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-310(E) and the distinctions between client confidences and confidential information. Recent court decisions that relate to confidentiality are also offered.
Part three covers the ethical challenge presented by legal intimidation. This segment discusses the appropriate response to hostile legal strategies both in and out of the courthouse. Part four covers issues in mediation and arbitration. This segment discusses the responsibilities of the various parties in arbitration and mediation, including the attorney in these settings. A retired judge is one of the panelists of this segment who offers his view from the mediator and arbiter's role.