New York City Bar To Discuss Lawyers Following Orders

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 00:00

The New York City Bar Association has scheduled a program titled Lawyers Following Orders: Ethical Pitfalls and Practical Advice for Thursday, May 21.It will take place at Association headquarters at 42 West 44th Street, New York City from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gerald A. Stein, of Melveny & Myers LLP will chair the program.

Many cases in today's complex legal marketplace require lawyers to work in teams and with in-house counsel. This scenario necessarily presents situations where some lawyers on the team are supervising other attorneys or are themselves being supervised. In this environment, what happens when a junior lawyer receives an instruction to engage in what he believes is unethical or illegal conduct from a supervising attorney or a valued client?Social psychologists tell us that subordinates are much more likely to do what they are told than to follow their own judgment.

This unique program will present current and practical themes involved in civil and criminal litigation and corporate practice, followed by vignettes and panel discussions. The panel will lead an interactive discussion that explores the many legal and ethical issues that arise when attorneys receive instructions or requests they believe are not ethical, and offer insights into how to deal with this problem, which ultimately has ethical and legal dimensions.

For information about available CLE credits and fees, see CLE Events on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at

To register call (212) 382-6600 or visit