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April 21- April 24, 2017
Omni Shoreham Hotel 
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Monday, April 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ethics and Government Practice: Navigating the Dangerous Waters of Defending A Governmental Entity

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This presentation will offer two case studies of important ethics lessons for municipal attorneys while also discussing the model rules. Attorneys who represent governmental agencies, particularly police departments, are held to high standards. Not reaching those standards has far-reaching implications for the attorney, the other attorneys in that office, and attorneys in other agencies. The first presentation will focus on one incident in Chicago, and the long-term consequences of that single incident. The presenter will discuss the incident and various rules of professional conduct, including the following: 1) Rule 3.3, Candor toward the Tribunal; Rule 3.4, Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel; and 3) 4.1, Truthfulness in Statements to Others. The second presentation from a situation every municipal lawyer has asked themselves, “Who is the client?” When the City of Colorado Springs Charter was amended to abandon the Council-Manager form of government (FOG) in favor of a Council-Mayor FOG, the City Attorney was no longer appointed by the City Council, but instead by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. This presentation will use the model rules to discuss a fresh, in-depth look at the roles and ethical considerations for representing a municipal entity in the context of a change in the FOG and also highlights the need for a clear understanding of the municipal attorney’s role. The presenter will outline the circumstances leading to the promulgation of the “Office of the City Attorney Legal Ethics Guidelines,” and evaluate its effectiveness in restructuring the attorney’s relationship with the municipal client.


Monday April 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Blue Room