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PSU Ethics Case Brings Conduct Rules' Clarity Into Question

Law360 (February 21, 2020, 7:32 PM EST) -- After Pennsylvania’s highest court agreed that Pennsylvania State University’s ex-general counsel should face discipline over attorney-client conflicts and privilege violations during the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation, legal ethics experts are mulling whether changes to professional conduct rules could prevent similar mistakes in the future.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Cynthia Baldwin ran afoul of rules governing conflicts of interest as she worked on behalf of Penn State throughout the Sandusky probe while also providing legal counsel to three top administrators who went on to face criminal charges in the case.

While professional conduct rules in Pennsylvania require corporate...

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