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Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: February 18, 2020
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        • In-House Licensing and Registration
        • Conflicts of Interest - Corporate Subsidiaries & Affiliates
                - Model Rule 1.7
        • Conflicts of Interest - Individual Employees
                - Model Rule 1.13
        • Attorney Impairment
                - Model Rule 8.3

Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minutes
Recorded: February 18, 2020


In-house counsel for organizations face ethics issues all the time. From licensing regulations and registration, to conflicts with subsidiaries, employees, and outside counsel, the landscape is fraught with ethical challenges. Listen in as our panel uses a series of hypotheticals to illustrate and review ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.7, Conflict of Interest; Rule 1.13, Organization as Client, Rule 5.5, Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice.

This program was recorded on February 18th, 2020.

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Mary Blatch

Associate General Counsel & Director of Advocacy
Association of Corporate Counsel

Mary Blatch is associate general counsel and senior director of advocacy of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. ACC is the world’s largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. With an international membership of more than 45,000 in-house lawyers at more than 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC serves as the “voice of the in-house bar” for corporate lawyers at 98 percent of the Fortune 100 and 51 percent of the Global 1000.

In this position, Ms. Blatch directs ACC’s regulatory, legislative and judicial advocacy efforts on attorney-client privilege, attorney ethics and mobility, corporate compliance and other issues of importance to in-house counsel.

Prior to joining ACC, Ms. Blatch served as a senior manager at Deloitte, working on regulatory advocacy and compliance issues for the tax practice. Before joining Deloitte, she was a litigation associate at McKee Nelson LLP and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP). She also served as a federal judicial clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia to the Hon. Leonie Brinkema.

Blatch holds a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America and received a BA from Spelman College.

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Joseph M. Caligiuri

Chief Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Supreme Court of Ohio

Joseph M. Caligiuri is chief assistant disciplinary counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

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Eric T. Cooperstein

Founding Attorney
Law Office of Eric T. Cooperstein, PLLC

ERIC COOPERSTEIN started his private law practice devoted to legal ethics in the fall of 2006. He has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms in ethics and law-practice related matters. Eric is a former Senior Assistant Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, where he worked from 1995 to 2001, and a former member of the 4th District Ethics Committee, on which he served from 2003 through April 2007.

Eric grew up in and around New York City and attended Hamilton College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985. Eric left New York to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, from which he graduated cum laude in 1990.

Eric has been fortunate to have had a series of great legal jobs. For the first 18 months after law school, he worked both as an associate at the Minneapolis law firm of Mansfield & Tanick and as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. Eric continued full time at Legal Aid for over three more years before moving on to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsiblity (OLPR) in 1995. At OLPR, Eric investigated and prosecuted allegations of attorneys’ violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, provided hundreds of advisory opinions to Minnesota lawyers, supervised the Trust Account Overdraft Notification Program, wrote articles for Minnesota Lawyer, and presented numerous seminars on ethics issues.

In 2001, Eric joined the Office of the court-appointed Monitor of the black farmers’ class-action settlement regarding race discrimination in USDA farm loan programs. Over the next seven years, Eric played a substantial role in helping the Office issue over 5,700 decisions for class members and the government. The black farmers’ case (Pigford v. Schaffer) is widely recognized as the largest class action civil rights settlement by the government in U.S. history, with over one billion dollars paid to class members.

Eric is also an active volunteer in his community. He serves as a Trustee of First Universalist Church and previously served for six years on the First Universalist Foundation board, four of those as chair. In recent years, Eric has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Emerge. Eric was a “graduate” of the first year of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s LINC program — Lawyers Impacting the Nonprofit Community — a six-month series of seminars designed to train lawyers to serve nonprofit organizations.

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