Ethics

NO CLE - Ethics: Professionalism

Attorney professionalism is dedication to service to clients and a commitment to promoting respect for the legal system in pursuit of justice and the public good, characterized by ethical conduct, competence, good judgment, integrity and civility. This first-of-its-kind course explores the challenges and goals of professionalism among bankruptcy attorneys and other professionals.

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NO CLE - An Attorney’s Ethical Duty to Disclose Confidential Information to Creditors of an Insolvent Client (Op. 603 (2010), 74 Tex. B.J. 74 (2011)) — Did the Texas Ethics Committee Get It Right?

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NO CLE - The Ethical Limits of Secrecy and Confidentiality

This panel will explore the ethical boundaries of secrecy and confidentiality issues in a bankruptcy case. May and should a creditor/attorney for the debtor serve on a creditors’ committee, and to what extent may relevant information be divulged? To what extent may an attorney reveal information received by him/her during a retention interview if he/she is not hired but is later retained by another party? What problems arise if information to be divulged by one client could have an adverse impact on another?

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NO CLE - Ethics in Bankruptcy

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NO CLE - Ethics Issues in Bankruptcy Litigation, Redux: Who’s Suing Whom?

The panel will discuss due diligence requirements before bringing suits, suits or demands made for leverage, asserting claims in excess of estate value, and ethics complaints and litigation advantages.

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NO CLE - Disclosure? We Don’t Need No Stinking Disclosure! Rule 2014 and Ethical Conflicts of Interest

Once again, dear fans, Boris Badenough is involved in a hot chapter 11 case — this time involving Time & Lord, the owner of a failed movie franchise, “Fat Contests” (based on the book of the same name about an eat-to-the-death contest involving ordinary citizens in a future ruled by junk-food companies). Boris’s wife, Sophia, has been retained by Dallick Capital, the debtor’s investment banker, to handle the sale of the debtor’s intellectual property.

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NO CLE - Sayeth the Lawyer, “I Will Do This, But Not That”: The Ethical Implications of Limited Representation

State courts are increasingly relaxing their rules to allow attorneys to provide a-la-carte services to parties in cases appearing before them. However, bankruptcy courts have been reluctant to do so. Is it because the Bankruptcy Code is so complicated? Or is it because what is good for parties in state court is not good for those in bankruptcy court? This panel of experts will examine whether counsel can provide limited representation services to parties in bankruptcy matters and maintain their ethical obligations to the client.

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NO CLE - The Ethical Duty of Investigation: Does It Reach into Social Media?

Parties can view social media as a treasure-trove of information: Does a debtor discuss assets on Facebook that are not found on the schedules? Do parties make statements in their online posts that conflict with legal positions they are taking in bankruptcy court? Does the ethical duty of a reasonable investigation encompass an obligation to investigate a client’s social media activity? This panel of experts will review the ethical obligations of investigating social media websites of clients and parties, and what may — and in some cases, must — be done to remain zealous advocates.

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NO CLE - “Unbundling” in the Representation of Consumer Debtors: What Are the Differences Between You and a Petition Preparer?

This panel will explain the practice of “unbundling,” along with the ethical and legal considerations involved, and will provide sample engagement letters where services are unbundled. The panel will discuss evolving case law on this issue wherein debtors and their attorneys attempt to use alternative agreements to limit the scope of their representation. ABI's Ethics Task Force Final Report might also be applied.

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NO CLE - Legal Ethics in Bankruptcy and Related Ethical Considerations

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