Free Speech and Candor in the Courtroom (When Fake News or Alternate Facts Won’t Do)
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When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Where: Hruska Law Center, 1st Flr Conf Rm
635 S 14th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States

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MCLE Accreditation
*Nebraska MCLE #154097 (Regular/Live credit), #154096 (Distance learning credit). 2 CLE ethics hours.

Registration Fees
$130 - Regular Registration
FREE - I paid 2018 NSBA dues and would like to claim my 2 free ethics credits
$100 - NSBA dues-paying member (I have already claimed my 2 free ethics credits)
Free - Law Students

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This presentation will discuss lawyers’ ethical responsibilities when participating in hearings and trials. The specific rules that are the subject of this program are:

  • Candor Towards the Tribunal (Rule 3.3/§3-503.3)
    Defining “candor” and “tribunal”; Candid disclosures to adverse counsel; Candor in disclosing facts; Candor in offering evidence; The witness perjury trap; Duty to disclose criminal
    conduct related to proceeding; Candor in pretrial discovery; Protection of client’s secrets after lawyer withdraws
  • Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal (Rule 3.5/§3- 503.5)
    Corrupt influence of court officials; Disrupting the tribunal; Ex parte communications; Jury communications after conclusion of case
  • Trial Publicity (Rule 3.6/§3-503.6)
    The lawyer’s right to comment to the press; The Gentile discussion: Gentile v State Bar of Nevada, 501 U.S. 1030 (1991); Post-Gentile Rule 3.6; Special rules for grand juries

Robert F. Bartle has practiced law in Lincoln since 1976 and is a partner in the law firm of Bartle and Geier. He received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1976. In addition to his membership in the Nebraska Bar, he is a member of the Nebraska Bar Foundation, Nebraska Association of Trail Attorneys, and the Lincoln Bar Association. Bartle is past President of the NSBA and earlier served as an officer of the NSBA Executive Council and the NSBA House of Delegates. He taught trial advocacy at the Nebraska College of Law for 1990-2009.