For Lawyers Who Lobby (and Their Firms): Legal Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Update

Date & Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

CLE Credit: Yes

Event Description
Credit: 2.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Description: Lawyers are subject to the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, but how those rules apply to lawyers who lobby is not always easy to understand. The applicability of conflict of interest rules, confidentiality, and other ethics considerations are particularly thorny issues. Opinions by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law and the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee have addressed the application of these ethics provisions to lawyers involved in lobbying. This course will help D.C. lawyers and law firms involved in lobbying activities understand the implications of these decisions. Faculty will use hypothetical scenarios to explore the following important issues and recent developments for lawyer-lobbyists:

*When is lobbying governed by the ethics rules?

*What are the ethical implications for law firms with nonlawyers engaged in lobbying?

*What issues arise for law firms that lobby and have law offices in different jurisdictions?

*How do conflict of interest ethics rules apply to lobbying matters?

*Non-waivable, personal, and other conflicts of interest that come up in the lobbying context

*Lobbying and the rules preventing contact with represented parties

*Confidentiality and attorney-client privilege in the lobbying context

*Advance waivers and lobbying.

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005

Contact Information
CLE Program
Phone: 202-626-3488
Fax: 202-942-9750

  • Thomas Mason, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

  • Andrew Siff, Siff & Associates, PLLC


Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section


Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section


D.C. Bar Members


Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section


Government Attorneys


Government Contracts and Litigation Section


Labor and Employment Law Section


Law Practice Management