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Program Overview

Two Formal Opinions from the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility discuss a lawyer’s obligation regarding information relating to a client in the course of a representation. Formal Opinion 480 clarifies the limits on a lawyer’s ability to publicly discuss or blog about a client’s case. On the other hand, Formal Opinion 481 discusses when a lawyer must tell a client about a mistake made during a representation.


Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm attorneys and staff professionals responsible for firm marketing.
  • Law firm attorneys responsible for firm ethical compliance.

What You Will Learn

  • Latest interpretation of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.6 and 1.9.
  • What can a lawyer say on a blog or in a tweet about a former or current client?
  • It’s on the front page of the New York Times.  Can I talk about it?
  • It’s just a little mistake, do I really have to tell my client?


Dennis A. Rendleman

Dennis A. Rendleman, (AB, political science, 1978, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; JD, 1981, University of Illinois College of Law) is Ethics Counsel in the Center for Professional Responsibility at the American Bar Association where he provides expertise and research on legal and judicial ethics and professional responsibility law and professionalism. He is counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining the ABA, Rendleman was Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and spent twenty-three years at the Illinois State Bar Association leaving in 2003 as General Counsel. Rendleman has engaged in the private practice as a consultant and expert witness in professional responsibility and discipline matters. He is a former member of and current liaison to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and has been a member of the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee since its founding in 1998.

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