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18. Navigating Pandemic and Pan-institutional Responsibilities: Ethical Issues and Obligations for College and University Counsel

  • Lawyers in General Counsel’s offices fill an increasing number of roles at colleges and universities including non-legal roles in compliance, risk management, civil rights, and Human Resources.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic brings into sharp focus the increased need for counsel to assist in important legal, ethical, financial, operational, communications, and policy decisions.
  • Universities are more dependent than ever on counsel to work very quickly across divisions on pan-institutional issues and responsibilities as business advisors, project managers, and trusted leaders.
  • This session will explore the ethical issues and obligations of general counsel serving in multiple roles; ethical considerations for counsel when intersecting with lawyers in non-legal roles; and attorney-client privilege and, work product considerations.

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