At its core, lawyer professionalism states that a lawyer shall provide competent
representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge,
skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.
This presentation will focus on refreshing lawyers on the general principles of
being an effective and professional attorney including knowing your cases, being
courteous to opposing counsel, and knowing and applying all of the rules of procedure
Honorable Paul T. Farrell
Sixth Judical Court
ETHICS UPDATE 2017
Significant amendments were made to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct by order of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. Nearly every Rule of Professional Conduct and/or official comment was amended on January 1, 2015. This presentation will highlight the impact of these new rules and other ethical issues to assist you with compliance.
Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti, Chief Lawyer
Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Ethics and Email
This session will cover the use of email, specifically, as it pertains to attorneys’ responsibility to maintain client confidences. Emails are just another form of written communication for lawyers. They are considered “writings” according to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and as such, lawyers should treat them the same way they treat letters and pleadings. As such, there are basic ethical obligations related to emails, and attorneys should be aware of potential pitfalls when using information systems that may be maintained by someone outside the firm.
Jack Hoblitzell, Esquire
Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC