NE MCLE #173071; IA MCLE #317758. 2 Hours CLE / 2 Ethics (Regular/Live)
NE MCLE #173070; IA MCLE #317757. 2 Hours CLE / 2 Ethics (Distance Learning)
$130 - Regular Registration
$100 - NSBA dues-paying member
FREE - Law Student
FREE - I paid my 2019 NSBA dues and would like to claim my 2 free ethics credits (member benefit)
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This seminar will provide attorneys with an overview of two separate, but important, ethical legal issues they must be aware of when practicing law: the ethical issues which arise in their legal writing and recognizing conflicts of interest.
10:00 am Ethics in Legal Writing
Professor Carol C. Knoepfler, Creighton University School of Law
This presentation will discuss various ethical issues attorneys face in their legal writing. The focus of the presentation will be on the Rules of Professional Conduct affected by poor legal writing, as well as court opinions that have criticized and, in some cases, imposed sanctions on lawyers for poor writing practices.
10:15 am Break
11:15 am Recognizing Conflicts of Interest
Professor Craig W. Dallon, Creighton University School of Law
The presentation will discuss conflicts of interest based on representation of another current client, representation of a former client, and personal interests of the lawyer. The presentation will discuss the duty of loyalty owed to a client, problems involving situations when a lawyer’s client is directly adverse to a current or former client or when a significant risk exists that a lawyer’s duty to a client would be materially limited by duties to others or by the lawyer’s own personal interests. The presentation will discuss conflicts in the context of civil and criminal litigation as well as nonlitigation matters such as estate planning or transactional work.
Professor Carol C. Knoepfler
Carol Knoepfler is an Assistant Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law, where she also serves as the Law School’s Director of Legal Research and Writing. In addition to the required legal research and writing curriculum and Advance Legal Writing, an online course she designed, Prof. Knoepfler also teaches Employment Law and Animal Law. As the Director of Legal Research and Writing, she runs the Law School’s Legal Writing Center and oversees the Law School’s intramural moot court competition. Prior to joining the Creighton faculty in 2008, Professor Knoepfler was a career law clerk for the Honorable Lindsey Miller-Lerman, Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Previously she also was a partner with the Omaha law firm of Baird Holm, LLP, working in the Labor and Employment Section of the firm. While attending the University of Iowa, Professor Knoepfler was the Senior Note and Comment Editor of the Iowa Law Review.
Professor Craig W. Dallon
Craig W. Dallon is a Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law, where he teaches on a variety of topics such as: copyright law, torts, trademarks, property, and professional responsibility. He is currently the Director of the Masters in Government Organization & Leadership (GOAL) Degree program at Creighton University. Mr. Dallon earned his B.A. degree and J.D. degree from Brigham Young University. Following law school, he clerked in Olathe, Kansas, for the Honorable James K. Logan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Dallon then practiced with the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City where he was a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and technology law practice group. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law and a visiting assistant Professor of Law at Brigham Young University before joining Creighton University. He was Associate Dean of the Creighton University School of Law from 2006 to 2014.
The NSBA wishes to thank the Nebraska State Bar Foundation for support of its CLE programming.