Eighteenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium

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ETHICS 2014: Keeping Pace in a Constantly Changing Legal Environment

Presented by The State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30 am to 5:15 pm  

Golden Gate University, School of Law
536 Mission Street
Rooms 2201-2202
San Francisco, CA 94105

6 Hours of MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics!

We gratefully acknowledge Golden Gate University School of Law for the contribution of its facility and generous support for this event.

Statewide Ethics Symposium
Program Schedule
Essential Information
Printable Brochure
Mail / Fax Reg. Form
REGISTER ONLINE


Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Wendy Wen Yun Chang: Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  • Rachel Van Cleave: Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Luis J. Rodriguez: President, State Bar of California

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Defending a Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff

This panel explores ethical issues that arise when lawyers represent clients alleged to be involved in financial fraud or other illegal behavior. Panel attorneys litigate actions brought against lawyers accused of participating in or aiding and abetting their clients’ activities. Ethical issues include client confidentiality, the duty to withdraw, options to report up or out, and conflicts between individuals acting for the client.

  • Scott B. Garner: Moderator; Vice-Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Irvine
  • Jennifer A. Becker: Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Long & Levit LLP, San Francisco
  • Sean SeLegue: Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, San Francisco
  • John R. Sheller: Partner and Leader of Lawyers for Professionals Department, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Los Angeles

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Complex Conflicts Issues Deciphered

This panel will examine complicated questions confronting lawyers in scenarios involving advance consents and non-waivable conflicts. Both subjects arise in various contexts, including conflict clearance in obtaining and retaining clients, potential discipline, disqualification, and claims for malpractice or breach of fiduciary duty, and require thoughtful and deliberate navigation.

  • William K. Mills: Moderator; Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, Los Angeles
  • Dan L. Carroll: Partner, Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento
  • Robert K. Sall: Shareholder, Sall Spencer Callas & Krueger, Laguna Beach
  • Michele K. Trausch: Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote Address

Lunch: 1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Keynote Address 1:40 p.m. - 2 p.m.

"Utopian Legal Ethics in 2020"
  • James J. Brosnahan, Senior Trial Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Trial Ethics: Don't Risk Your Soul to Win a Point

This panel of seasoned trial attorneys will examine ethics issues that are unique to trial. Those issues include identifying the sometimes fuzzy line between ethical and not when: dealing with witnesses; producing (or not producing) evidence; jury selection (including discrimination and the use of social media); references to non-existent or inadmissible evidence; asserting an unsupported position; client perjury; appealing to the jury’s passions and prejudices and other issues for closing argument; and communicating with jurors before, during and after trial.

  • Alison P. Buchanan: Moderator; Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Shareholder, Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc., San Jose
  • Wendy Wen Yun Chang: Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Los Angeles
  • James J. Brosnahan: Senior Trial Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco
  • Hon. Peter H. Kirwan: Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Complex Civil Department
  • Allen J. Ruby: Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Palo Alto

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

"Disruptive" Ethics? Innovative Models of Providing Legal Services

This panel will examine the ethical issues that arise as the practice of law takes new forms and expands traditional boundaries. Innovative models for providing legal services blur the lines between law firms and their clients, or challenge the very idea of what a law firm is and how legal services should be provided. Outsourced legal services, national virtual law practices, companies offering online legal forms and “panel attorney” consultations, and online crowd-sourced legal directories that match up potential clients and lawyers all pose new ethical questions for lawyers to consider and issues to deal with.

  • Merri A. Baldwin: Moderator; Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, San Francisco
  • Chas Rampenthal: General Counsel, LegalZoom, Los Angeles
  • R. Amani Smathers: Innovation Counsel, ReInvent Law Laboratory at Michigan State University
  • John J. Steele: Sole Practitioner, Palo Alto   

Essential Information

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we have provided a printable version of the program brochure that duplicates the information on this web page.

Register Online

Registration may be completed online.

Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to the State Bar of California. Checks should be payable to the State Bar of California.

MAIL TO Program Registrations, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; OR

FAX TO Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will not be accepted).

Registration Fees

  • $155 Program Package includes: 6 hours of MCLE credit, resource materials and lunch
  • Golden Gate University School of Law Alumni Fee: $125 Program Package includes: 6 hours of MCLE credit, resource materials and lunch
  • Student Fee: $60 Program Package includes: resource materials and lunch
  • Free of charge: admission to program only. No MCLE credit, resource materials or lunch (registration for free attendance is offered on a space available basis) MAIL OR FAX FORM ONLY.

Pre-Registration Deadline

In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by April 4, 2014. Please register early as space is limited.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than April 4th. Refunds will not be made for requests received after April 4th. However, with advance notice, your registration can be transferred to another person.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration is limited and subject to availability. Please register in advance.

MCLE Credit

This program offers 6 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics. The State Bar of California and the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.

Questions

For registration questions, please call 415-538-2508. For program content, please call 415-538-2167.

Special Assistance

Please call 415-538-2167.

Hotel Information

No special block of rooms has been arranged for this one-day event. The following are hotels within walking distance (2 - 4 blocks) to Golden Gate University: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown San Francisco - (800) 321-2211, Westin Market Street San Francisco - (800) 937-8461, Marriott Marquis Downtown San Francisco - (415) 896-1600, and The Palace Hotel - (415) 512-1111.

Airport

Golden Gate University is located approximately 14 miles, or 20-30 minutes from the San Francisco Airport (SFO).

Driving Directions

From the North Bay: Take the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway 101 South to Van Ness Ave. Take a left on Bush Street. Cross Market Street to 1st Street. Continue on First Street for one block and make a right onto Mission Street. The school will be located a half a block down on the right.

From the South Bay: Take Highway 101 North to 80 East (Bay Bridge/Downtown). Take the Fourth Street exit. Veer to the left onto Bryant Street. Turn left on Third Street, right on Mission Street. The school will be located two blocks down on the left.

From the East Bay: Take the Bay Bridge West to San Francisco. Take the Fremont Street exit. Turn left onto Fremont and then left onto Mission Street. The school will be located one block down on the right.

Get additional driving directions from Google Maps.

Public Transit

One block from the Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets.

BART or MUNI Metro: Take the Montgomery Street exit, walk south from Market Street to Mission Street.

CalTrain: Get off at the Fourth and Townsend Streets Station, take #10 Townsend bus to Fremont and Mission Streets and walk left on Mission Street 1-1/2 blocks or take the N-Judah streetcar line to Montgomery Station, walk south from Market Street to Mission Street. 

Golden Gate University is on Mission Street between First and Second Streets.

Visitor Parking

Golden Gate University does not have a dedicated parking lot for students and staff. It is recommended visitors to the SF Campus at 536 Mission Street view parking availability in the downtown area through the website: http://sanfrancisco.bestparking.com/.