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November 19th, 2020
Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit
On November 13, 2020, Frankfurt Kurnit held its Third Annual Ethics Summit. The Summit consisted of three hour-long panels, earning the attendees three ethics CLE credits in New York and California. Below are summaries of the three panels.
Hard Bargaining or Extortion: A 2020 Update Addressing Aggressive Litigation and Settlement Tactics
The first panel of the day focused on aggressive tactics in litigation. The panel featured John B. Harris and Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit and Anne C. Auten, Vice-President-Senior Claims Counsel at ALAS in Chicago. Read more.
Dollars and Change: The Ethics of Litigation Funding
The second panel of the day focused on the ethics of litigation funding, with a special focus on recent decisions, ethics opinions, and rule amendments on this subject. The panel featured Prof. Anthony Sebok of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Ronald C. Minkoff and Tyler Maulsby of Frankfurt Kurnit. Read more.
Frankfurt Kurnit's Ethics Game Show
To cap off the summit, Nicole Hyland, Brian Maas, and Tyler Maulsby led the popular Ethics Game Show. They were joined on camera by three brave volunteers from our roster of virtual attendees who participated in a contest of ethical wits. In a rousing game show format, our contestants grappled with tricky hypotheticals based on real-life scenarios and our panel explained best approaches to these ethical quandaries. The Game Show covered a wide range of topics and elicited a lively debate between the panelists and the contestants. The Game Show also served as a reminder that the New York Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPCs”) are not the only source of guidance for attorney conduct. When faced with an ethical dilemma, attorneys may need to look beyond the rules and ethics opinions to statutes, case law, and court rules. Read more.
If you would like to receive an invitation to next year’s Ethics Summit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our Ethics and CLE distribution lists.
If you have questions or comments about any of the Litigation Ethics Summit topics we covered, please reach out to a member of our Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Litigation Group.
Other Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Alerts
A Primer On New York’s COVID-19 Executive Orders and What They Mean for Your Practice
This past week, New York has taken a number of steps to restrict movement in and around the State in an effort to contain the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders and the chief judges of the state and federal courts have issued administrative orders that have had a sweeping impact on the legal industry as well as the business community at large. Read more.
March 22 2020
ABA Opinion Limits Restrictions on Departing Partners
There’s important news for law firm leaders who have recently revised partnership and shareholder agreements to restrict partner departures. In ABA Formal Opinion 489, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility spells out new limits on notice periods, on rules governing communications with clients, and on so-called “ownership” of clients. Here’s what firm managers need to know to stay on the right side of the ethics rules. Read more.
February 6 2020
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit - FKKS Ethics Game Show
To cap off the Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit our panel challenged some brave audience members to participate in a contest of ethical wits. Read more.
October 30 2019