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Ethics of Beginning and Ending Client Relationships (Live Replay from November 17, 2020)

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Substantial ethics issues flow from the moment an attorney-client relationship is formed, whether it is formed intentionally or through inadvertence.

Determining when a relationship commences and the scope of the representation has dramatic implications for issues related to confidentiality, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege and more. Ending an engagement is nearly as complicated. When are you allowed to end an engagement? And how must you go about it without prejudicing a client's interest in a transaction or in litigation?

This program provides a real-world guide the ethical issues of beginning and ending an attorney client relationship.

  • Determining when and how a relationship starts – including through inadvertence
  • Email and technology issues – how unsolicited communications may trigger ethical obligations
  • Joint representation issues – unsorting the confidentiality and privilege issues
  • End a relationship – when are you allowed to end an engagement? How do you do it ethically?
  • Circumstances when you might be required to end a relationship

Friday, February 12, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM


  • Elizabeth Treubert Simon, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C.

November 17, 2020

North Carolina: 1.00 MCLE Hour

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility


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