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A Conflicts Primer - 2016
  • CA2526D

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Who should watch:

  • All lawyers

How you’ll benefit:

  • Get tips for identifying personal interest conflicts
  • Review conflict of interest best practices
  • Learn strategies for avoiding and preventing personal interest conflicts

Conquer your conflicts

Identifying a conflict of interest between current clients or between a current and former client is fairly straightforward, but spotting a conflict with your personal interests can be tougher. When is it okay to help someone you know and when is it considered a conflict of interest?

Conflicts of interest can cause big problems for a firm if they aren’t handled carefully. Discover common conflicts of interest lawyers face and learn appropriate ways to handle such conflicts. In particular, find out how to identify and resolve concurrent, former, and personal interest conflicts.

About the presenters

Dean R. Dietrich, shareholder with Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., chairs the firm’s Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Practice Group. He has represented attorneys in matters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of Lawyer Regulation and has consulted with numerous law firms and lawyers regarding compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Dean serves as Chair of the State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics in addition to past service on the Committee appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review changes to Supreme Court Rules Chapter 20, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Edward A. Hannan, UW- Madison, 1976, is a member of the State Bar Professional Ethics Committee, and was a member and chairperson of the Wis. O.L.R. Preliminary Review Committee between July 2008 and September 2014. His law practice includes advising and representing lawyers, and he advises, lectures and writes on ethics and professional responsibility.

Timothy J. Pierce has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Tim was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He has also been employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine.
Tim is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics and teaches Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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