Twenty-First Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium

ONLINE REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

The 21st Annual Ethics Symposium

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

Friday, April 21, 2017
9:30 am to 4:15 pm  

Loyola Law School
Robinson Court Room

919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

5 Hours of MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics! This program has been approved for legal malpractice legal specialization credit by the State Bar of California.

We gratefully acknowledge our co-sponsors the Loyola Law School, for their contribution of its facility and generous support for this event.

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

Deadline to register is April 14!

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

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

Welcoming Remarks

  • Suzanne Burke Spencer: Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  • Michael Waterstone: Dean, Loyola Law School
  • James P. Fox: President, State Bar of California

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

What You Don't Know, But Should, About the New Proposed Rules

The Bar has proposed to the California Supreme Court a new set of Rules of Professional Conduct. If adopted, some of these new proposed rules will result in little change in the day-to-day practice for California lawyers or the advice given by ethicists to their lawyer and law firm clients. However, some of the proposed rules will require more significant changes in the practice of California lawyers and the counsel given by those who ethically advise them. This panel will cover a few of the more significant changes made by the proposed rules, including a discussion of the proposed rules on conflicts, screening, fees, supervision, and clients with diminished capacity.

  • Robert D. Brain: Moderator, Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Clinical Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Merri A. Baldwin: Advisor, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, San Francisco
  • Wendy Wen Yun Chang: Advisor, Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct; Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Robert L. Kehr: Member, Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct; Partner, Kehr, Schiff & Crane, LLP, Los Angeles

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

What is the "Heartland" of the Privilege? Recent Developments Concerning the Attorney-Client Privilege

The attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of American jurisprudence and of the attorney-client relationship. But last year, at least one decision seemed to examine it in a new light, potentially eroding the privilege. The California Supreme Court’s decision, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, caused many to wonder if the privilege is no longer sacrosanct. This panel will discuss how broadly the decision will be interpreted and its practical impact. The panel will also discuss issues that arise when an in-house attorney turns whistleblower, when an employer retains counsel to investigate an employment claim, and when the privilege will provide protection for a party’s bad conduct.

  • Michele K. Trausch: Moderator, Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, Pacifica
  • Jennifer A. Becker: Member Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Long & Levit LLP, Partner, San Francisco
  • Scott B. Garner: Partner, Umberg Zipser LLP, Partner, Irvine
  • Alison Turner: Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, Los Angeles

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Evidence Code Section 958 and Beyond

This panel will focus on the vexed and very real question of what a lawyer may reveal of his confidential client communications when those communications are relevant to a claim being asserted against the lawyer or a claim that the lawyer needs to assert. We will consider this issue in the context of malpractice litigation, fee cases, sanctions motions and claims brought by third parties. Our discussion will focus on the scope and limits of Evidence Code 958, how that law interfaces with the duty of confidentiality (which on its face brooks few exceptions), measures that can be crafted by parties or courts to protect clients and without unfairly gagging lawyers who find themselves accused. Real life examples from the trenches of attorney liability claims will be shared, reflected upon and argued about by experienced lawyers with long careers representing clients and lawyers. Judge Peter Wilson of the Orange County Superior Court will provide further thoughts including how these issues are addressed and managed by courts

  • Amy Bomse: Moderator, Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Arnold & Porter, LLP, San Francisco
  • Jonathan B. Cole: Partner, Nemecek & Cole, Sherman Oaks
  • Robert K. Sall: Shareholder, Sall, Spencer, Callas & Krueger, Laguna Beach
  • Hon. Peter J. Wilson: Judge, Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Ethics, Civility, and Professionalism in the Courtroom: A Disciplinary Perspective

The practice of law is more competitive than ever, and hard-charging attorneys with winner-take-all attitudes seem ever-present - even in the courtroom, where civility and decorum once ruled. This panel, all with experience in attorney discipline, will discuss several key questions involving the disciplinary ramifications of over-the-top courtroom lawyering. Where lies the dividing line between zealous advocacy and sanctionable conduct? Is rudeness protected speech? When is patently unprofessional behavior tantamount to failure to perform a lawyer’s duties competently - or even moral turpitude? These vital topics and more will be explored in an animated, conversational format.

  • John DeCure: Moderator, Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, Sacramento
  • Hon. Gail Andler: Retired Judge, Orange County Superior Court, Orange
  • Murray Greenberg: Senior Attorney, State Bar of California, Los Angeles
  • Hon. David Milton: Retired Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles

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

Online registration coming soon!

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

- Registration: $180 Program Package includes: 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics, resource materials and lunch
- Loyola Law School Alumni Fee: $130 Program Package includes: 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics, resource materials and lunch
- Student Fee: $50 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.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than April 14th, by fax to: 415.538.2368. Refunds will not be made for requests received after April 14th. 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 up to 5 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.  This program has been approved for Legal Malpractice Legal Specialization credit by the State Bar of California.

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 nearby hotels: The LA Hotel - (213) 617-1133; Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown - (800) 325-3535; Omni Hotel - (213) 617-3300; Marriott Los Angeles Downtown - (213) 617-1133; and Westin Bonaventure - (213) 624-1000.

Airport

Loyola Law School is about 17 miles from LAX Airport and Burbank Airport. Travel time is about 30-45 minutes. Taxis from LAX to downtown LA cost $30-35 (plus a $2.50 airport taxi surcharge).

Driving Directions

From the North: Take the Golden State Freeway (5) or the Hollywood Freeway (101) south to the Harbor Freeway (110) south to downtown Los Angeles. Take the 8th Street exit. Follow 8th Street to Witmer Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard and left onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right.

From the South: Take the Harbor Freeway (110) north toward downtown Los Angeles. Take the 9th Street exit. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Francisco Street. Turn left onto 8th Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard and left onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right.

From the West: Take the Santa Monica Freeway (10) east toward downtown Los Angeles. Take the Harbor Freeway (110) north. Take the 9th Street exit. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Francisco Street. Turn left onto 8th Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street and proceed one block. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard and left onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right.

From the East: Take the San Bernardino Freeway (10) west to the Santa Monica Freeway (10) west. Take the Harbor Freeway (110) north. Take the 9th Street exit. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Francisco Street. Turn left onto 8th Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard and left onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right.

Get additional driving directions from Google Maps.

Visitor Parking

Loyola Law School has a dedicated parking facility located at 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles – $9 all day parking. Pay by credit card/ATM only.  Cash will not be accepted.