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Plaintiffs’ employment attorneys do good work. But the pursuit of goodness is occasionally marred by pitfalls. In particular, an attorney’s efforts to assist clients can often lead to ethical dilemmas that threaten the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. Even more, serious ethical dilemmas can put an attorney’s legal career at risk. Can an attorney pressure a client to accept a settlement so that the attorney, working on a contingency basis, can more promptly receive payment? What costs/expenses can an attorney/law firm advance to clients? Can an attorney represent multiple clients who have claims against the same defendant, but whose cases may have different levels of liability and different values? When, and for what reasons, can an attorney end the attorney-client relationship? These are just a sample of some of the ethical considerations that attorneys’ may face in representing employees.
This course has been approved in CA, OK, VT and IL. Please see your state's MCLE site for more information or to find out if attorneys may earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission. This course is eligible for 1.25 hours of Ethics credit, in approved jurisdictions.
Paul H. Merry Paul H. Merry has practiced employment law in Boston since 1990 with emphasis on representing employees in race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin discrimination matters; and wrongful discharge, non-competition agreements, and...MorePaul H. Merry has practiced employment law in Boston since 1990 with emphasis on representing employees in race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin discrimination matters; and wrongful discharge, non-competition agreements, and employment contracts. He also teaches at Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Merry served for two years as general counsel and chief of enforcement for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; for ten years as an assistant attorney general; and for a year as a law clerk to the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. Merry serves on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and is a Board representative on NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee. Mr. Merry is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a past chair of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, and a member and past president of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. A member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, Labor and Employment Law Sections, he has served as chair of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is also the author of numerous articles on employment law and a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs relating to discrimination law and employment law generally. He is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a graduate of Harvard College. Collapse
Ellen J. Messing Ellen J. Messing is a partner in the Boston firm of Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC, which concentrates its practice in representing employees in labor and employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, contract, sexual...MoreEllen J. Messing is a partner in the Boston firm of Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC, which concentrates its practice in representing employees in labor and employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, contract, sexual harassment, and public employee matters. A fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the advisory council to the American Bar Association’s commission on evaluation of the rules of professional conduct (Ethics 2000 Commission), Ms. Messing is a past national secretary of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association committee on professional ethics, a former chair of the Massachusetts chapter of NELA, and a former co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association labor law section Ethics Committee. She served as co-chair of NELA’s Ethics & Sanctions Committee from 1991–2015. Ms. Messing has been named a “Super Lawyer” of Massachusetts and one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts,” earning both honors multiple times. An adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Law in the trial advocacy program from 1983 to 1991, Ms. Messing has also served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Michigan Law School and Northeastern University School of Law, teaching evidence, trial advocacy, and clinical courses. She has written and lectured extensively on substantive issues and litigation strategy in employment cases. Ms. Messing is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Boston University School of Law. Collapse
Hon. Roslyn O. Silver The Honorable Roslyn O. Silver is a Senior United States District for the District of Arizona, where she has served since her appointment in 1994. She was the first woman appointed in the Phoenix Division and the second woman appointed in the...MoreThe Honorable Roslyn O. Silver is a Senior United States District for the District of Arizona, where she has served since her appointment in 1994. She was the first woman appointed in the Phoenix Division and the second woman appointed in the District of Arizona. In 2011 she became the first woman Chief Judge for the District of Arizona. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Silver was Criminal Division Chief and acting First Assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix. She taught as a professor for the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and at the Arizona State University Center for Executive Development. She now teaches at the Arizona State University Law School, a Law Science Cluster Group, and Master of Legal Studies in Constitutional Law. She also teaches Criminal Law at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Judge Silver is a lecturer for the American Conference Institute, and has published articles in numerous journals, including Arizona Attorney magazine, the ABA Journal, and the Maricopa Lawyer, and has been a contributing editor to the Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial Practice Guide (Rutter Group). She was chair of the Ninth Circuit Article III Judges Education Committee and the District of Arizona Local Rules Committee. She has been recognized for her exemplary service by the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and the Arizona Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, among many others. Collapse
June 30, 2018
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This program contains the following components:
Ethical Pitfalls For Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyer - Audio
Ethical Pitfalls For Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyer - Paper
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