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This basic-to-intermediate level program will present attorneys with common ethical dilemmas and offer simple solutions.

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Find out how simple changes to your routine can make ethical legal practices second nature. (see full course description)

 

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Legal Ethics and Substance Abuse for the Iowa Practitioner

Uphold the Highest Standards of the Legal Profession With Skillful Application of Ethics Requirements

Every year, more and more attorneys are facing disciplinary action and litigation for alleged professional or ethical negligence. In a litigious society, no one is immune. Knowing what is required and how to identify problems before they happen is vital. This intensive study will provide you with proactive strategies for spotting and avoiding potential areas of liability. Let our expert speakers answer your most pressing ethical questions. Find out how simple changes to your routine can make ethical legal practices second nature - enroll today!

  • Gain a refresher on how the rules of professional conduct apply to your everyday practice.
  • Explore the hidden dangers of representing clients of diminished mental capacity and minors.
  • Detect and address substance abuse, and help a colleague or yourself to turn back to a fulfilling career in the law.
  • Refine your retainer agreements to ensure realistic client expectations and avoid problems down the road.
  • Know the rules governing client trust accounts and your responsibilities as the fiduciary.
  • Find out how much notice to give before transferring funds from trust account to lawyer's general account to avoid "commingling of funds" charges.
  • Gain practical tips to set up or perfect your own management and record-keeping system that ensures accountability and makes periodic client security audits a breeze.
  • Find out what needs to be done to make certain you're authorized to practice law in other states.
  • Project the right image and stay in compliance with an ethical approach to advertising your services.
  • Sharing an office with another attorney? Gain practical tips for making your co-existence harmonious and compliant.

ETHICAL CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS
8:45 - 9:30, Written by Stephen D. Lombardi
Presented by Stephen D. Lombardi in Des Moines and Joseph G. Gamble in Cedar Rapids
  • Protecting Confidentiality
  • Preventing Conflicts of Interest
  • Keeping the Client in the Loop
  • Admitting to the Client When You've Made a Mistake
  • Managing Difficult Clients
  • What to do When Co-Clients are Fighting?
  • Representing a Mentally Incapable Client or a Minor
  • Implied Attorney-Client Contracts

RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF ATTORNEY'S FEES AND CLIENT TRUST ACCOUNTS
9:30 - 10:00, Written by Stephen D. Lombardi
Presented by Stephen D. Lombardi in Des Moines and Joseph G. Gamble in Cedar Rapids

  • Choosing the Appropriate Billing Method
  • Initial Fee Agreements
  • Simple Tips to Avoid Commingling of Funds
  • Keeping Impeccable Financial Records
  • How to Write Invoices That Clients Will Pay
  • Fee Splitting
  • Resolving Fee Disputes

RECORD-KEEPING PRACTICES THAT PREVENT LEGAL MALPRACTICE ALLEGATIONS
10:00 - 10:30, Written by Stephen D. Lombardi
Presented by Stephen D. Lombardi in Des Moines and Paula L. Roby in Cedar Rapids

  • How Long do I Keep the Closed Case File?
  • What Must Be Done When a Lawyer Enters or Leaves the Firm?
  • Electronic Communications Challenges
  • Can an Attorney Secretly Record Conversations?

PREVENTING LEGAL MALPRACTICE IN EVERYDAY PRACTICE
10:45 - 11:30, Written by Anjela A. Shutts
Presented by Anjela A. Shutts in Des Moines and Paula L. Roby in Cedar Rapids

  • Interstate Practice of Law
  • Partnering With Colleagues and Case Referral
  • Ethical Advertising and the Pitfalls in Online Marketing
  • Assisting a Pro Se Litigant
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law - What to do When You're in Way Over Your Head
  • Hidden Dangers of Office Sharing Arrangements

SUBSTANCE ABUSE
11:30 - 12:00, Written by Anjela A. Shutts
Presented by Anjela A. Shutts in Des Moines and Joseph G. Gamble and Paula L. Roby in Cedar Rapids

  • Alcoholism in the Legal Profession
  • Spotting Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse
  • What Do We Mean When We Say It's a Disease?
  • Costs of Doing Nothing
  • Promoting Recovery

Seminar Summary:

Find out how simple changes to your routine can make ethical legal practices second nature. (see full course description)

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