When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm: Ethical & Practical Issues-Downloadable

When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm: Ethical & Practical Issues-Downloadable

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When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm: Ethical and Practical Issues for All

This 90 minute web seminar was originally presented live on January 13, 2011.

When a lawyer leaves a law firm it impacts the lawyer, the firm, and the clients in a myriad of ways. Navigating the ethical and practical minefield can be harrowing for all involved. Our panel of experts has “been there, done that” and are here to share their experiences and success tips from all points of view. Whether you are thinking of leaving or have to deal with a lawyer leaving your firm, you’ll want to attend this program!

  • How to Prepare for Departures—What Is Ethical?
  • Duties of the Employer and Employee
  • Timing Issues—Giving Notice to Clients
  • Who Notifies Clients, the Type of Notice Required and What Can Be Said
  • Handling Representation in the Interim
  • Property Issues—Fees, Files, and Trust Accounts
  • How To Handle Client Funds In Transfers
  • Who Owns the Original Client File
  • Tips for Smooth Departures—Expecting the Best/Preparing for the Worst

AILA has not applied for and is not administering CLE credit for this OnDemand program. However, CLE self-study credit may be available in your jurisdiction. Please check your jurisdiction’s CLE rules on the AILA CLE Center for more information.


Douglas D. Hauer (dl), Ethics & Practice Management Committee Member, Boston, MA

Douglas D. Hauer practices exclusively in the field of U.S. immigration, nationality and consular law in Boston. He represents employers and individuals in a broad range of routine and complex employment and family-based immigration law matters as well as in government investigations and complex litigation. A Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council, Douglas Hauer is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.

Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Ethics & Practice Management Committee Member, Aurora, CO

Kirby Gamblin Joseph is the co-founding managing partner of Joseph Law Firm, P.C. in Aurora, Colorado. Kirby served on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Chapter of AILA from 2002-2007 and has also served as an ambassador to the American Immigration Council. Kirby is currently serving on the National AILA Ethics and Law Practice Management Committee.

Lisa H. York, Ethics & Practice Management Committee Member, Denver, CO

Lisa H. York practices law in Denver, Colorado. She is a solo practitioner who specializes in national interest waiver, outstanding researcher and extraordinary ability cases. Ms. York is also “of counsel” to Stern & Curray, LLC. Ms. York is a past Chair of the Colorado Chapter of AILA. She was named by Colorado Super Lawyers as one of Colorado's "Rising Stars" in 2009 and 2010.

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