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The Dirtiest Word in Ethics: Zealous: Why Pushing The Boundaries is Not The Ethical Way to Practice Law


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: October 21, 2015
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Agenda

  • How the current ethics codes evolved. Understanding the fundamental reasons for the ethics code. Learning about the motivating factors (bad acts and actors) in the practice which caused the drafters to make the current code.
        15 minutes

  • The difference between professionalism and ethics. Discussing select Rules like 8.4 and 1.1. Discussion and compare/contrast of select professionalism codes from across the country
        15 minutes

  • Understanding why the term “zealous” is being remove from certain codes. A discussion of grievances that have cause the drafters to reevaluate the benefit (or lack thereof) of the term “zealous”.
        10 minutes

  • What is the proper way to behave? Evaluating our behavior and how it stands up to the code vs. how it comports with concepts of professionalism.
        10 minutes

  • Understanding “The Zealous Zone” — those actions that we “could” do, vs. what we “should” do.
        10 minutes


Runtime: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Recorded: October 21st, 2015

Description

In this program, Stuart Teicher will discuss the term "Zealous" in the legal industry and what roles it plays in how attorneys use it to push the boundaries of the ethics code.

This program was recorded on October 21st, 2015.

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Stuart Teicher

Panelists

Stuart I. Teicher, Esq.

Professional Legal Educator

Stuart I. Teicher, Esq. is a professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law. A practicing attorney for over 17 years, Stuart's career is now dedicated to helping fellow attorneys survive the practice of law and thrive in the profession. Mr. Teicher teaches seminars, provides in-house training to law firms and gives keynote speeches at conventions and association meetings. He also provides consultation and representation in attorney disciplinary matters.

Stuart helps attorneys get better at what they do (and enjoy the process) through his entertaining and educational CLE Performances. His expertise is in "Technethics," a term Stuart coined that refers to the ethical issues in social networking and other technology. Stuart also speaks about "Practical Ethics" -- those lessons hidden in the ethics rules that enhance a lawyer's practice.

Mr. Teicher is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys, an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey where he teaches Professional Responsibility and an adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate writing courses.

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