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Maintaining an Ethical Law Practice and Understanding Ethical Issues and Obligations

SKU: ETH7700
Total Credits
1.5 - 1.8
Price$75
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Description

Practicing lawyers must be aware of their ethical obligations and comply with their jurisdiction’s disciplinary rules. This CLE presentation will provide keys to ethics and the ethical management of the lawyer’s practice and law office and will discuss and provide important information on the following topics: lawyer competence and compliance with the rules, including technology; the lawyer’s ethical duties in supervising lawyers and non-lawyers and the subordinate lawyer’s ethical duties; dealing with conflicts of interest, including current client, former clients, and the lawyer’s personal interests; ethical requirements to maintain client confidentiality and the exceptions to the rule; ethical client intake and client file and records management, including technology requirements for maintaining records electronically and in the “cloud”; ethical client file closing and records management; ethical non-engagement and disengagement communications; ethics and billable time; ethical fees and fee agreements; and IOTA/IOLTA trust account basics.

Lecturer Bio

Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esq.

Joseph A. Corsmeier is an "AV" rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he has testified as an expert in both the federal and Florida courts.

Mr. Corsmeier served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where he prosecuted felonies exclusively from June 1987, and as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar's Department of Lawyer Regulation from 1990 to 1998. He also represents police officers as counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Mr. Corsmeier is the author of numerous articles for many bar publications, he has spoken at numerous local and statewide seminars on various topics, including ethics and professionalism. He was an instructor of paralegal ethics at the Rollins College Tampa campus until it closed in 1996 and he is currently an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College teaching paralegal ethics. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Mercer University.

Mr. Corsmeier is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.



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