Ethics of when lawyers change jobs examined in webcast, February 9

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education will present the webcast “Smooth Transitions: Practical and Ethical Strategies When Lawyers Change Jobs” on Friday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m.

Like many professionals since the onset of the pandemic, lawyers are on the move. Whether in search of better work-life balance (such as scheduling flexibility or working remotely), higher compensation, or to switch between private practice, in-house, or a government position, the legal industry has also been hit by the “Great Resignation.”

When changing jobs, client confidentiality, conflicts, communication, and diligence all must be considered – by the lawyer who is contemplating changing jobs and by both the current firm or employer, as well as the firm, government agency, or company they are joining. The proper handling of files, fees, and the exchange of confidential client information for purposes of conflict checking must also be addressed. And then there are the clients: When must they be told so that they make informed decisions about whether to remain with one firm, move to the other, or select entirely different counsel? Additional unique issues may arise when lawyers join or leave government employment and for judicial officers and other neutrals considering job changes.

This webcast covers the key ethical and contractual issues faced by lawyers who are considering changing jobs, as well as the issues facing their current and prospective employers.

Taught by practitioner with decades of experience, including representation of lawyers and firms in professional responsibility matters, this webcast explores how to:

• Determine what obligations you have to existing clients when you want to move to another firm

• Identify your obligations to your existing firm under partnership or operating agreements

• Assure that client matters are diligently handled during a transition

• Abide by ethical obligations if you are a judicial officer, law clerk, or other neutral seeking to leave for private practice

• Prepare for leaving private practice to join a government agency or for leaving government for private practice or a corporate legal

The faculty will answer questions submitted during the program. In addition, all registrants will receive a set of downloadable course materials.

This ethics program will benefit attorneys in a job transition as well as law firms and other employers with legal staff leaving or onboarding.

Cost for the webcast is $199.  To register, visit