CA Legal Ethics in the Real Life of a Practicing Attorney
1 Hour of CA MCLE Legal Ethics Credit.
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The California Rules of Professional Conduct may seem abstract to attorneys caught up in the day-to-day realities of law practice. However, these rules bear on numerous areas of practice. Quick decisions, with easy-to-overlook implications, can have major consequences. This course reviews a number of common rule violations that can arise in the real life of a practicing attorney. Presented by an experienced contract attorney, this course covers such topics as:
- Rule 1-300 – Not aiding in the “Unauthorized Practice of Law.”
- Rule 1-320 – Not making financial arrangements between lawyers and non-lawyers.
- Rule 1-400 – Staying within what is permitted for lawyer advertising.
- Rule 2-100 – Not communicating with represented parties.
- Rule 3-100 – Revealing client communications in order to prevent a crime resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.
- Rule 3-200 – Not bringing claims not warranted by existing law, unless the lawyer has a good faith argument for extension, modification or reversal of the law.
- Rule 3-300 – Avoiding interests adverse to a client.
- Rule 3-500 – Keeping the client informed.
- Rule 3-700 – Terminating employment when client difficult, or not paying.
- Not violating Civ. Code 2944.7 and 6106.3 regarding loan modification work.
Pamela J. Anderson, Esq. has over 15 years of experience as a contract attorney in California. She has practiced business, real estate, probate and trust litigation, having overseen real estate transactions, trust administration and estate planning, and business formation. Her experience includes both federal and state court. Anderson has personally responsible for as many as 26 active matters simultaneously. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. She is a member of California Bar. She can be found on LinkedIn.