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Presented by the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
Friday, April 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
State Bar of California
845 South Figueroa Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
5.0 hours of MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. This program has been approved for legal malpractice legal specialization credit by the State Bar of California.
Printable brochure and fillable PDF registration form
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcoming remarks
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Recent Developments in Unauthorized Practice of Law
The practice of law is rapidly evolving and it's a challenge for the rules governing lawyers to keep up with the pace of that change, especially the rules related to the unauthorized practice of law. California may be on the precipice of changes for the rules governing how and what is considered to be the unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) in California? This panel will explore the changes to modern legal practice that implicate these rules, limitations of the current rules in this modern technological era, and how those rules can or should evolve and the challenges to doing so while ensuring consumer protections. The efforts of the State Bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services, which is charged with identifying possible regulatory changes to enhance the delivery of, and access to, legal services through the use of technology, including artificial intelligence and online legal service delivery models will also be discussed.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ethical Considerations When Laws Conflict
This program will cover timely topics related to the ethics of advising clients when federal, state and local law conflict. This program will also discuss how the Rules of Professional Conduct affect California lawyers’ duties when advising clients in the marijuana industry and regarding sanctuary city laws.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Emerging Ethical Challenges to Fee Agreements and Fee Claims
This panel will address emerging challenges to the validity and enforcement of fee agreements in light of recent developments in the law and the revised Rules of Professional Conduct. The panelists will explore innovative fee structures and payment arrangements, equity participation, hybrid fee structures, contingency or flat fees, value or progress billing, and special problems in prosecuting and defending fee claims. The discussion will cover best practices, the impact of the newly promulgated Rules of Professional Conduct and recent case law.
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Ethics Update – What You Need to Know
Learn about recent developments involving core ethical principles affecting the day-to-day practice of lawyers. This panel will discuss important court decisions impacting how lawyers represent clients while fulfilling their professional obligations. Issues will include conflicts of interest, advance waivers, impact of conflicts on engagement agreement enforceability, causation standard in breach of fiduciary duty, lawyers as whistleblowers and more.
For your convenience, we have provided a printable program brochure and a fillable registration form.
Print out and complete the registration form and return it with payment to the State Bar of California. Checks should be payable to the State Bar of California.
Mail to the Office of Professional Competence, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105; OR
Fax to program registration at 415-538-2171. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is mandatory. (Photocopies of checks will not be accepted).
Registration may also be completed online.
The registration deadline is Monday, April 8, 2019. Checks, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by Monday, April 8.
All requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than April 5, by fax to: 415-538-2171. Refunds will not be made for requests received after April 5. However, with advance notice, your registration can be transferred to another person.
The Ethics Symposium will be streamed live via webcast. When registering for the event, please select the "Live streaming webcast registration" option. Prior to the Symposium, you will receive an email with the instructions to join the webcast and the link to download the written materials. After the Symposium has concluded, you will receive your MCLE certificate via email.
On-site registration will not be available, space permitting.
This program offers up to 5.0 hours of MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. The State Bar of California and the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers. This program has been approved for Legal Malpractice Legal Specialization credit by the State Bar of California.
For questions regarding registration or program content, please call 415-538-2116.
Please call 415-538-2116.
No special block of rooms has been arranged for this one-day event. The following are nearby hotels: Hotel Indigo (213-232-8800), Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown (800-325-3535), Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles LA Live (213-443-9222), and Westin Bonaventure (213-624-1000).
The State Bar of California is about 15-16 miles from LAX and Burbank Airport. Travel time is about 40-45 minutes).
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The State Bar of California does not have a dedicated parking lot. The closest parking garage is “Joe’s Auto Parks” which is located at 8th Place and Francisco Street. There is a daily flat rate.