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Webinar Overview

WEBINAR: Common Ethical Issues in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases

12:20 PM to 1:30 PM - February 5, 2014

Participants are required to register prior to the event.

Who should participate?
Judges, parent attorneys, GAL attorney advocates, and agency attorneys, who work in abuse, neglect, dependency court.

Webinar broadcast from NC Administrative Office of the Courts
This one-hour webinar covers common ethical scenarios that attorneys who practice juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency law encounter. The webinar will be interactive asking participants to answer multiple choice questions, and then the answers will be tabulated for discussion. The webinar will provide audio for participants and has the capacity for webcam of presenters. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation or make comments.

The webinar is divided into three 20 minute sections:
  1. Dealing with Other Parties: This section will cover dealing with an unrepresented person, Rule 4.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and communications with a represented person under RPC Rule 4.3. Relevant rule comments and ethics decisions will be discussed in addition to the rules.
  2. Parents with Competency Issues: This section will cover RPC Rule 1.16 for declining or terminating jurisdiction and also RPC Rule 1.14 dealing with a client having diminished capacity. It explores appointment of a Rule 17 GAL for a parent, the attorney’s duties related to the appointment process, and the relationship of the attorney with the client who has diminished capacity. Relevant rule comments, ethics decisions, and statutes will be discussed in addition to the rules.
  3. Client Relationship and Candor with the Court: This section will cover RPC Rule 1.2 abiding by a client’s decision and when it is necessary to seek withdrawal when a client and attorney have not had contact. This section will also cover RPC Rule 3.3 candor with the court as it relates to an attorney knowing a witness has falsely testified and when information is provided during an ex parte proceeding related to DSS seeking a nonsecure custody order.

CJE/CLE Credits: 1 hour ethics CLE has been requested from the NC Bar.

Registration Process
There is no cost for registration

To gain access information to the February 5th session participants must pre-register by completing the registration form no later than January 30. Login information will be sent in a confirmation email within 48 hours of your pre-registration.

In order to receive CLE credit, participants must login individually on the day of the event.

Please note: The webinar session is available from anywhere you have internet connectivity. The NCAOC webinar session will work on all NCAOC computers, but may not work on your personal computer or mobile devices unless you are using the current version of Internet Explorer for Windows Operating Systems or Safari for Mac Operating Systems. Test information will also be sent in the confirmation email.

There are no reimbursements for this event.

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