Overview

This course discusses rules of professional conduct specifically as it pertains to government charities lawyers. All states are covered by some version of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This course covers ten common ethical issues arising under the Model Rules and provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, including: Can you speak to a citizen of your state who is represented by an attorney? Can you refuse to tell the legislature embarrassing information you learned about charities decision-making at the attorney general’s office?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  • Can you speak to a citizen of your state who is represented by an attorney?
  • Can you refuse to tell the legislature embarrassing information you learned about charities decision-making at the attorney general’s office?
  • Can your press office publish information about the prior conduct, or prior criminal record of a fundraiser, when you bring an injunctive action?
  • If an in-house attorney approaches you as a whistle-blower about their employer, should you accept their information and documents?
  • If a defense lawyer tells you they represent all board members, officers, and employees, when can you send out investigators to speak with employees without the defense lawyer?
  • What is an attorney manager’s duty to make sure the attorneys they supervise comply with the Model Rules?