Legal Ethics Hot Topics – Recent Developments & Lessons Learned



Date & Time

Start Date: 10/01/2021
Start Time: 2:45 p.m.



Sarah Sweeney will be a panelist on a webinar presented by the Professional Guidance Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee and the Fee Disputes Committee as a part of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Bench Bar Conference.

Panelists will address the following topics :

• What is a “material adversity” for purposes of analyzing whether a conflict of interest exists under Rule 1.9 (duties to former clients) and Rule 1.18 (duties to prospective clients)?

• Issues relating to the attorney-client privilege in the investigation of a cybersecurity breach and best practices to protect privilege;

• Discrimination in the practice of law:  Covered by the misconduct rules?

• Fee Disputes: Discussion of recent opinion(s), with an emphasis on the fee disputes resolution program through the Bar Association;

• Use of Social Media within the bounds of the Rules of Professional Conduct: The impact of social media on the practice of law, particularly as it relates to business development (solicitation and advertising).


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Sarah Sweeney

Associate General Counsel – Professional Responsibility

(215) 665-3722

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