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Ethics and COVID-19: What are the Ethical Obligations of Counsel in Times of Crisis?

The higher education attorney has long been called upon to wear multiple hats. This is especially true in times of crisis, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, where counsel has been asked to serve as a strategic advisor as colleges and universities engage in contingency planning and consider modified business operations on both short- and long-term bases. Through all of this, counsel guides institutional clients to think about business operations and associated risks in nuanced ways that are appropriately tailored to the circumstances, and of course, they must undertake these efforts consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

This 2-hour webinar will focus on the ethical role of the lawyer as advisor. Guided by Rule 2.1. which permits lawyers to render advice informed by moral, economic, social, and political factors, two seasoned general counsels will discuss advising during a sustained, long term crisis. They will explore the intersection of Rule 2.1 with other rules of professional conduct related to competence, diligence, and conflicts. They will also explore the boundaries of attorney-client privilege when attorneys are called upon to deliver mixed business/legal advice.

Who Should Join?

This webinar will be of interest to in-house and outside counsel who represent colleges and universities.