2014 (18)
Full 2 Hour Ethics Webinar (December 18, 2014)

Date: 12/18/2014

Hour 1

Title:  The Path to Marriage Equality in Wyoming - Ethics

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Description:  Lawyers involved in the Wyoming marriage equality litigation will provide their various perspectives on the state and federal court cases that have led to same-gender couples’ ability to marry in Wyoming.  They will cover the legal landscape and provide inside perspectives into navigating and managing these unique cases including the ethical issues in client relationships - managing expectations and representing different interests.

About Your Speakers:

Bernard Haggerty is the Deputy County Attorney for the Laramie County Attorney’s Office, a two-attorney office that represents the agencies and elected officials of Laramie County, Wyoming, including Laramie County Clerk Debbye Lathrop.  He is licensed to practice in Wyoming, Washington State, Colorado (inactive), and several Tribal Courts.  He served as a Law Clerk for Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Macy and as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.  Haggerty holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a Philosophy Minor, from Iowa State University, a J.D., cum laude, from Howard University School of Law, an LL.M. from the University of Utah College of Law, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of British Columbia.

Arash Jahanian is an attorney at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC in Denver.  His practice includes advocating for the civil rights of employees in the workplace and individuals suffering governmental and institutional abuses of power.  In addition to being one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the Wyoming marriage equality cases, Arash has litigated a number of employment discrimination cases, as well as police brutality and prisoner abuse cases against the City and County of Denver.  He is on the board of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and is part of the Denver GLBT Commission.
Arash received his BA in psychology and journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.  From 2003 to 2005, Arash taught middle school in Chicago Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member.  Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai, Arash was an associate in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, DC office and a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Tracy L. Zubrod is a lawyer with Zubrod Law Office, P.C.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming; a master’s degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University; and a juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law.  She was one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the Wyoming marriage equality cases.  Her practice is devoted primarily to domestic relations matters, and she also has served as a chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in Wyoming since 1997 and intermittently in Colorado since 2005.  She also enjoys providing mediation services and serving as a circuit court magistrate.

Hour 2

Title: Ethics Issues In Connection With Settlement

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Description: This presentation will consider various ethics issues that arise in connection with settlement negotiations and settlement.  These issues include the duty of candor and the limits of puffery, material mistakes and the duty to disclose, death of the client before settlement is concluded, conflicts of interest and aggregate settlements involving multiple clients, and restrictions on the right to practice.

About your Speaker:

Cecil Morris is a shareholder and director in the firm of Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, PC in Denver.  Cecil graduated from the New York University School of Law, has been in practice for more than 30 years, and is a member of the California and Colorado bars.  Cecil’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation and arbitration, mainly in the areas of securities, business, and commercial law. 

Cecil also has expertise in legal ethics and attorney discipline defense.  Among other things, Cecil has been a member of the Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Colorado Supreme Court since it was established in 2003, and he has been an active member of the Ethics Committee of the Colorado Bar Association for more than 15 years and was Chair of the Committee in 2004-2005.  In addition, Cecil served on the Conduct Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado from 2005 until 2011 and was Chair of that Committee from 2010 until 2011.  Cecil also writes and lectures frequently on issues of legal ethics.