Not too much time this week, with the Indiana Solo and Small Firm Conference in French Lick. Proud to be a part of the planning for this event, and this year we have record attendance with lawyers.
Also this year for the first time we are bringing law office staff to the Conference, and a Staff Track day of education for the staff members, be they secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals or office managers. Those registered as ISBA Paralegals will be able to receive their 6 hour CLE requirement at the conference.
John Conlon and I are leading one staff session on “Ethics for Staff and the Lawyers Who Employ Them.” And just in time, the Indiana Supreme Court issues its Order in Godshalk.
Godshalk either allowed his assistant to accept clients and file appearances in his name, or did not adequately supervise an assistant who did that very act, causing a conflict of interest between two clients.
Good language in the Order about the need to have protections in place that will show a conflict between a criminal client and the witnesses who may testify against the client.
Other Cases on the agenda:
John and I will discuss Guideline 9 and Rule 5.3 of the RPC, and other supervision cases that ended up biting the lawyer:
In the Matter of George Paras (2001);
In the Matter of John Thrasher (1996);
In the Matter of Anonymous (2010)
Godshalk got a public reprimand, no harm was suffered by either person involved.
The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Conference is already filing up with great speakers and break out leaders. Put it on the calendar today for June 5-7, 2014 in French Lick. Plan to bring your staff and your family. A great time will be had.