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Ethical Challenges in Criminal Defense 2019

Product ID: CA2942D
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

A tricky balancing act

Criminal defense law presents some unique challenges. A lawyer’s duty to protect confidential client communications and to conduct a zealous defense can conflict with the lawyer’s duty of candor to the court.

Retired U.W. Law Professor Benjamin Kempinen joins Dean Dietrich and Timothy Pierce for a discussion of common problems in criminal defense practice, including:

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A tricky balancing act

Criminal defense law presents some unique challenges. A lawyer’s duty to protect confidential client communications and to conduct a zealous defense can conflict with the lawyer’s duty of candor to the court.

Retired U.W. Law Professor Benjamin Kempinen joins Dean Dietrich and Timothy Pierce for a discussion of common problems in criminal defense practice, including:

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Dean R. Dietrich is a shareholder in the Law Firm of Dietrich VanderWaal, S.C. 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. He 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. Mr. Dietrich is a graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Professor B.K. Kempinen is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin Law School, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in January of 2018. In addition to teaching the first-year criminal law curriculum and a number of related courses, Prof. Kempinen was involved in several of the Law School's clinical programs, including serving as interim director of the Legal Defense Project; working as a supervising attorney in the Frank J. Remington Center's Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP); and, from 1990 until his retirement, acting as director of the Remington Center's Prosecution Project. Prof. Kempinen has also been involved in both trial and appellate litigation in the criminal law area, has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, has participated in a variety of conferences and continuing legal education programs during the past two decades, served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Ethics 2000 Committee, and most recently, was appointed to the State Bar Ethics Committee.

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. Mr. Pierce 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. He 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.

  • Review common ethical dilemmas in criminal defense law
  • Receive guidance for dealing with false testimony, cross-examining former clients, and other issues in criminal law practice
  • Criminal defense attorneys
  • Public defenders
  • Prosecutors
  • Paralegals
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