The current pandemic has no match in recent history, and we as a society do not have a playbook on how to handle this unprecedented crisis. As lawyers, however, we have a playbook, the Professional Rules of Conduct, and our adherence to those standards is critical when there are tough choices to be made. Using the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, PA Code of Civility, ABA Model Rules and other guidelines, Fran Griesing will explain what lawyers need to know about:
- The changing status of government orders on practicing law for Pennsylvania lawyers
- The duty to remain competent; the challenges of constantly evolving law and legal issues
- The duty to abide by the rules even in emergencies
- The obligations of senior lawyers to supervise junior lawyers and professional staff when working remotely
- The obligations of junior lawyers
- The duty of diligence; meeting deadlines and keeping clients informed
- The duty to avoid conflicts of interest
- The importance of protecting all lawyers from exclusion and bias
- The importance of maintaining civility and respect for others
- Other top ethical challenges facing Pennsylvania lawyers
“Desperate times call for desperate measures” is not a principle to follow in these challenging times. Examine how lawyers are to be guided by the highest ethical principles so we can be exemplars for others outside the legal profession.
Recorded live on April 2, 2020.