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Ethical issues for corporate lawyers

Friday, November 10, 2017 (2018 agenda is forthcoming)

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Program

9:45 a.m.

Conflicts of Interest, Including Prior Work Conflicts

The panel will discuss conflicts of interest generally, including the issues related to prior work conflicts where the conflict may involve the lawyer’s or firm’s own prior work product.  In addition, the panel will consider imputation of conflicts to the firm from a lawyer “seconded” by the firm, including to what extent the lawyer may still be “associated” with the firm.

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Ethical Issues in Litigation Financing

Litigation financing is becoming increasingly popular.  In it, a third party (not a party to the litigation or counsel) provides financing for the litigation in exchange for a financial interest in the outcome of the litigation.  Repayment of the financing is contingent upon successfully resolving the matter.  The panel will explore some of the legal and ethical issues this practice presents related to confidentiality, privilege waivers, independence of professional judgment, and conflicts of interest.

12:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch (Included)

Enjoy lunch with the panelists and other attendees.

12:50 p.m.

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction -- Practical Tips That You Can Use

This session, which qualifies for Substance Abuse credit, will be led by Will Frey, an instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the Program on Integrative Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Frey is the author of Ease Into Freedom: Keys for Reducing Stress and Unlocking Your Potential published in 2016. He will offer some practical tips for reducing stress.

1:50 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Negotiation Ethics

The panel will discuss ethical issues that arise in negotiations, including conflicts that attorneys may encounter during negotiations.

3:00 p.m.



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