We all know that we are under a duty to zealously defend our client’s legal rights. But what are the limits of zealous defense? How does your duty to zealously defend your clients square with notions of civility and professionalism? Do you have a duty to be civil?
“A lawyer’s responsibilities as a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen are usually harmonious. Thus, when an opposing party is well represented, a lawyer can be a zealous advocate on behalf of a client and at the same time assume that justice is being done.” – Model Rules of Professional Conduct: Preamble & Scope
In this legal ethics course, attorney Joel Selik explores the place of civility codes and professionalism in the legal system to provide a candid and frank discussion on the interplay and limits of your duty to zealously defend your clients. The main topics presented in the course include the origin of ‘zealous defense,’ civility in the legal profession, the realities of the adversarial system, codes of civility and how to handle uncivil attorneys. To access the course please click here: Civility, Professionalism and Ethics.
Further topics that covered in this CLE course include:
- The ABA Model Code
- The Duty of Loyalty
- Rules of professional conduct
- Civility & the client’s interest
- The business & professions code
- The reality of litigation
- Asking for & granting extensions
- The civility toolbox
- Misleading the court
- Dealing with an uncivil judge
- Ethically using other professionals
- The application of civility codes in the courtroom
Joel G. Selik is a member of both the California and Nevada State Bars. His practice primarily focuses on Litigation and Tax. In Tax, Mr. Selik is proud to assist taxpayers, businesses and individuals with solutions to problems with the IRS. In his litigation practice Mr. Selik is well known for his Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home cases. Mr. Selik is a Member of the California and Nevada Bar, the San Diego County and North County Bar Association as well as the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Mr. Selik has given many seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation and other legal topics and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at a local law school.
This CLE course on civility, professionalism and ethics qualifies for legal ethics credit in many states and is currently offered in the following states:
- Alaska (AK)
- Arizona (AZ)
- California (CA)
- Connecticut (CT)
- District of Columbia (DC)
- Illinois (IL)
- Maryland (MD)
- Massachusetts (MA)
- Michigan (MI)
- New Jersey (NJ)
- New York (NY)
- Pennsylvania (PA)
- South Dakota (SD)
Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.