Gray Areas: Navigating Ethical Problems Faced by Small Firm and Solo Practitioners

October 30, 2013
4:00 – 6:00pm | MCLE Program
6:00 – 7:00pm | Reception

Pearl @ The Webb
76 Pearl Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(Metered on-street parking or local parking ramps/lots available)

2.0 MCLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism
Applicable for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys

Co-sponsored by:
Minority Bar Association of Western New York   NYSBA General Practice Section

Register Today!

Program Description:

It’s the start to the question every attorney alternately welcomes and dreads: “What do you do when a client comes to you and … ?”  Ah, yes:  the ethical dilemma.  They’re always interesting to ponder in theory, but when you’re actually faced with a genuinely thorny problem, what are you supposed to do?  Solo and small firm practitioners as well as recent graduates and newly admitted attorneys don’t necessarily face the same ethical issues as their larger firm counterparts, nor do they have the luxury of consulting with senior counsel or a large network of colleagues to seek advice.   Solo practitioners often have to navigate ethical minefields on their own, using their best judgment, which despite their best efforts, may lead to greater problems.

Attorneys are required to take courses on ethics, but some courses are more relevant than others.  NYSBA and MBAWNY are proud to present a lively and informative program specifically tailored to the independent lawyer practicing in Western New York, with practical tips, audiovisual aids and suggestions from three well-respected attorneys with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in these matters.  The insights you will receive during the entertaining program should help you navigate the oft-times tricky area of knowing what your ethical duties and responsibilities are, both to your clients as well as to your profession.

Vincent E. Doyle, III -  Partner, Connors & Vilardo, LLP; Past President of NYSBA
Hon. Samuel L. Green - Senior Associate Justice (ret.), New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department
Roderick Quebral -  Principal Counsel, Attorney Grievance Committee, Eighth Judicial District

Member price: $35
Members of the General Practice Section or the MBAWNY
All other attorneys: $55*
Student: $20

Register Online

Or register by calling the State Bar Service Center during business hours at 800-582-2452 and mention event code GENOC13.

* SPECIAL OFFER for current NYSBA members who are not members of the General Practice Section: Receive a year of membership in the GP Section FREE with registration (a $25 value). Your free membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2014, provided current NYSBA membership.

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