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Common Ethical Issues and Pitfalls

SKU: ETH3000
Total Credits
1 - 1.2
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Certain recurring ethical issues are encountered with regularity in the everyday practice of law. The nature of attorney/client privilege and confidentiality, analysis of conflict issues and the obligations of an attorney to other counsel and the fact-finding tribunal, result in frequent consultation of the rules of ethics.

The course will cover the most common ethical issues confronted by attorneys, and the presenter will discuss hypotheticals posed by the live audience.

Lecturer Bio

Ryan R. Smith, Esq.

Mr. Smith is a seasoned litigator having acted as lead counsel on hundreds of cases in a relatively short period of time. Mr. Smith spent seven (7) years as a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil rights, and professional malpractice. As a sole practitioner it was imperative that Mr. Smith be well versed in the area of drafting pleadings in both state and federal court. Mr. Smith is an AV-rated attorney.

He is a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Smith has acted as lead counsel on various types of cases, including civil rights matters, medical malpractice claims, automobile accidents, mass tort product liability cases, premises liability cases, nursing home negligence cases, and matters under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2010, Mr. Smith was the inaugural recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section's National Trial Advocacy College Scholarship. Mr. Smith has resolved many cases to substantial verdict and settlement.

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