In-House Ethics Counsel Should Be Clear On Role: ABA

Law360, New York (November 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Many law firms have designated an ethics expert to help associates and partners navigate the ethical quandaries of their practice, but the ethics counsel can run into tricky conflicts of interest when he learns about lawyer misconduct.

Law firms should make it clear to their lawyers that even though the ethics counsel is there to answer their questions, the counsel ultimately represents the firm and not the individual lawyers, the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility said in an opinion about in-house...
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