This seminar is designed to be beneficial to all attorneys. Regardless of area of practice or level of experience, the issue of ethics is something we deal with on a daily basis.
- Louisiana state disciplinary system
- What can lawyers learn from doctors about professionalism?
- Can I be sanctioned for being unprofessional or just unethical?
- Legal malpractice - practical planning to avoid pitfalls, traps, and susceptibility
- Update on the amendments to the Louisiana rules of professional conduct
- The anatomy of a bar complaint
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Louisiana State Disciplinary System
A. A Snapshot Of The System
B. Will I Find Myself In This Picture?
C. What Happens To Me If I Do? (a/k/a The Anatomy Of A Disciplinary Hearing From Complaint To Judgment)
D. What Can They Do To Me?
E. What Have They Done To Lawyers Recently?
F. Can The System Be Improved?
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
II. What Can Lawyers Learn From Doctors About Professionalism?
A. Common Duties Of Physicians And Lawyers That Arise From Their Common Status As Professionals
B. Comparison Of Professionalism As It Applies To Physicians And Lawyers
C. History And Foundations Of Legal Ethics And Medical Ethics
D. The Relationship Between Law And Ethics
E. Informed Consent
F. Conflicts Of Interest
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
III. Review Of Recent Reported Cases
A. Louisiana Supreme Court Decisions
B. Decisions From Other Jurisdictions
C. Decisions Based On Professionalism Violations
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
IV. Legal Malpractice – Practical Planning To Avoid Pitfalls, Traps And
A. Legal Malpractice Defined
B. Recognizing Potential Legal Malpractice
C. How To Avoid/Minimize Legal Malpractice Claims
D. War Stories – Cases Speaker Has Been Involved In/Handled
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. Update On The Amendments To The Louisiana Rules Of Professional
A. Attorney Fees
C. Communications With Prospective Clients
D. Misdirected Faxes And E-Mails
E. Other Reforms