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Dealing with the Coronavirus (or any Disaster) the Ethical Way

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: March 12, 2020
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Update: Some of the information provided in this course pertaining to COVID-19 may have been updated - please visit to obtain up to date guidance and information.

        • Introduction and Basics
        • The Need for a Plan
                - Opinion 482
        • The Fundamental Rules
                - Rule 1.4 Communications
                - Rule 1.3 - Diligence
        • The Steps that Should be Taken
                - Proper Preparation - Steps to consider even if no disaster is imminent 
                - Before the disaster - if it is predicted
                - After a disaster
        • The Duty to Recover
        • Discrimination
                - Rule 8.4 - Misconduct
        • Beware of Solicitation
                - Rule 7.3 - Direct contact with prospective clients

Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Recorded: March 12, 2020
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


The Coronavirus is causing upheaval in society and that includes the practice of law. So where do lawyers get direction about how to navigate the topic? Last year the ABA issued an ethics opinion that explained lawyers’ responsibility during a natural disaster…and much of that direction is applicable to the Coronavirus disruption.

Join the CLE Performer Stuart Teicher as he helps navigate the dangers the Coronavirus is causing in the practice of law…and examines the ethical implications in the process (Rules 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, ABA Opinion 482).

This program was recorded on March 12th, 2020.

Update: Some of the information provided in this course pertaining to COVID-19 may have been updated - please visit to obtain up to date guidance and information.

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Stuart I. Teicher, Esq.

Professional Legal Educator

Stuart I. Teicher, Esq. is a professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law. A practicing attorney for over 17 years, Stuart's career is now dedicated to helping fellow attorneys survive the practice of law and thrive in the profession. Mr. Teicher teaches seminars, provides in-house training to law firms and gives keynote speeches at conventions and association meetings. He also provides consultation and representation in attorney disciplinary matters.

Stuart helps attorneys get better at what they do (and enjoy the process) through his entertaining and educational CLE Performances. His expertise is in "Technethics," a term Stuart coined that refers to the ethical issues in social networking and other technology. Stuart also speaks about "Practical Ethics" -- those lessons hidden in the ethics rules that enhance a lawyer's practice.

Mr. Teicher is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys, an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey where he teaches Professional Responsibility and an adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate writing courses.

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