# 011515Ethics: All You Need to Know
LACBA’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee will present its 8th annual ethics seminar on Saturday, December 3, 2011. This seminar gives participants both the opportunity to learn about important ethics issues that have a direct impact on the practice of law from the top practitioners in the field and acquire 4 hours of ethics MCLE at the same time.
The first segment reviews the important ethics highlights of the past year from the courts, legislature, and statewide ethics committees. Panelists John Amberg and Jon Rewinski have presented this popular talk for the past seven years.
Next, the Rules of Professional Conduct have always been a trap for the unwary. Joan Mack and Robert Sall discuss the relationship between these rules and legal malpractice.
Conflicts of interest are a critical part of the practice of law – they often present problems to attorneys when talking to prospective clients, and opportunities to opposing counsel who use disqualification motions to distract the other side. Mark Hansen and Robert Kehr will lead this discussion.
Finally, David Brandon and Richard Burdge, Jr. will speak on attorney's fees from the retainer agreements, to their reasonableness, to the obligation to return unearned fees, and to fee arbitration when the client and attorney have a dispute about whether the fees are owed or have been earned.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Review of ethics highlights of 2011
Panelists : John Amberg of Bryan Cave and Jon Rewinski of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.
10:00-11:00 a.m. The relationship between the Rules of Professional Conduct and legal malpractice.
Panelists: Joan Mack of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor and Robert Sall of the The Sall Law Firm.
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Conflicts of interest from writing disclosure letters to disqualification motions.
Panelists: Mark Hansen of Seyfarth Shaw and Robert Kehr of Kehr Schiff & Crane.
12:15-1:15 p.m. Attorney’s fees from the retainer agreement to fee arbitration.
Panelists: David Brandon of Morris Polich & Purdy and Richard Burdge, Jr. of The Burdge Firm.