2015 Maricopa Lawyer Top 10 Ethics Mistakes

  • Mistake #1 Professionalism by Russell Yurk for the Maricopa Lawyer (April 2015, page 6)
    This final column in the series will discuss what may be the most misunderstood "ethics" requirement of all — professionalism. For too many years, the public’s perception of our profession has been unacceptably low, and that must change.
  • Mistake #2 Conflicts of Interest: Former Clients by Russell Yurk for the Maricopa Lawyer (March 2015, page 6) A different analysis applies when determining conflicts of interest involving former clients (ER 1.9) because the competing interests are different. Whereas lawyers owe ongoing duties of loyalty, diligence and communication to current clients, the primary obligation owed to former clients involves protecting the confidentiality of information learned during the course of representation.
  • Mistake #3 Conflicts of Interest: Current Clients (Part 3) by Russell Yurk for the Maricopa Lawyer (February 2015, page 6) This article is the last of a series on conflicts of interest involving current clients. In addition to the general conflict of interest rule in ER 1.7, there are rules for specific situations in ER 1.8. This article will discuss some of the most commonly applicable of those situations.
  • Mistake #3 Conflicts of Interest: Current Clients (Part 2) by Russell Yurk for the Maricopa Lawyer (January 2015, page 4) Now that you know how to identify potential conflicts of interest, the question becomes: Does the conflict of interest mean that you can’t represent the client?