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Legal Ethics Winter - How to Avoid Disciplinary Actions

How to Avoid Malpractice & Disciplinary Actions – General Do’s and Don’ts

This webinar presents basic practice pointers to avoid committing malpractice and disciplinary actions, and how to respond to claims of malpractice or unethical behavior. The panel also discusses the role that malpractice insurance plays in these situations and the ramifications of a malpractice judgment or disciplinary action. Model Rules discussed include: (a) those that govern the client-lawyer relationship (Rule 1.1 through 1.10; 1.13; and 1.16); (b) those that that speak to transactions with persons other than clients (Rule 4.1 through 4.4); Rules 5.1 through 5.5 (dealing with respective responsibilities of a partners/supervisory lawyers, subordinate lawyers, non-lawyer assistance, independence, unauthorized practice of law, and multijurisdictional practice of law); and communication, including advertising and solicitation of clients (Rules 7.1 through 7.5).

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Michelle Gershfeld
Michelle Gershfeld

Michelle Gershfeld is a bankruptcy attorney, debt negotiator, and personal financial life coach who advises people in debt or building wealth, by identifying and overcoming obstacles that lie in their… Read More


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Bernard Burk

Professor Bernard Burk previously taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is currently on sabbatical. Read More

George Kuney
George Kuney

George W. Kuney is a Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law at The University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville,… Read More

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