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Aba – Legal Ethics: Obligations of Lawyers and Law Firms When a Lawyer Decides to Change Jobs

On Tuesday, June 30, Erin K. Higgins presented on the American Bar Association (ABA) program “Legal Ethics: Obligations of Lawyers and Law Firms When A Lawyer Decides to Change Jobs.” The program considered how the rules of professional conduct affect the decisions of lawyers (partners and non-partners) to leave law firms and the responses of those firms. A major focus will be on the ethical ramifications of communications with clients, handling conflicts of interest, and preserving client confidentiality. The panelists also will discuss the recent Formal Ethics Opinion 489, which addresses notice requirements and the law firm’s obligation to ensure an orderly transition of client matters.

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