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The Ethics & Malpractice Risk of Zealous Representation 2023 - 3 CLE / 3 E

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Although the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct no longer require zeal in representing a client, courts and disciplinary authorities still speak of it fondly. This program will look at the risks lawyers face when they cross the “zealous” line with clients, third parties, other lawyers, courts, and, yes, disciplinary authorities.


The QUIZ: A potpourri of the hottest topics in legal malpractice and ethics, and what you need to know to protect yourself from novel malpractice risks and ethics complaints.

A look at Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct

1.3. Diligence

3.1. Meritorious Claims and Contentions

3.2. Expediting Litigation

3.3. Candor Toward the Tribunal

3.4. Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel

3.5. Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal

4.1. Truthfulness in Statements to Others

4.4. Respect for Rights of Third Persons

8.4. Misconduct, and how these Rules constrain lawyers’ professional and personal conduct

An Examination of Real-World Advocacy Issues.



Christian A. Stiegemeyer is the Director of Risk Management for The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company and Executive Vice President of The Bar Plan Foundation. He annually conducts more than seventy Risk Management seminars, on a wide variety of ethical and legal malpractice issues, covering current issues concerning professionalism and providing practical solutions for dealing with malpractice and ethical concerns.

Mr. Stiegemeyer also directs The Bar Plan’s Practice Management Program, providing on-site, personalized reviews of lawyers’ law firm practices to help improve risk management and case handling procedures. In addition, Mr. Stiegemeyer responds to The Bar Plan’s ethics and malpractice telephone “Hotline” to timely assist its insureds with issues that arise in their daily practice and has written numerous articles appearing in a variety of national, state and local bar association publications. He received his B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University and J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law in 1992.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN • Premier Indiana CLE


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