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American Bar Association

Lawyer Ethics and the Business of Marijuana

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes

Ethics Credit Requested


The American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Criminal Justice Section, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and the Center for Professional Development

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

Two states have legalized recreational marijuana use while others have legalized medicinal marijuana use.  Other jurisdictions look to decriminalize it.  With these changes in law, entrepreneurs are stepping in to seek out new opportunities.  In this program, we will look at the ethics surrounding marijuana.

Attendees will learn:

  • Background information about the conflict issue
  • The ethical issues presented when a lawyer advises a client about marijuana-related business. The focus will be on Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(d). Additionally, speakers will explain the ethical issues presented when a lawyer seeks to personally cultivate, possess, or use small amount of marijuana to treat a debilitating condition or when a lawyer wants to invest in or own a marijuana-related business. This discussion will focus on Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b)
  • How some state bar associations have responded to the situation by publishing ethics opinions

Attendees will also consider whether the Model Rules of Professional Conduct should be amended to address these issues by reviewing and discussing the King County Bar Association proposal to amend the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct.

Program Faculty

Thomas Fitzpatrick, Partner, Talmadge/Fitzpatrick PLLC, Tukwila, WA

J. Scott Rhodes, Managing Attorney, Jennings Strouss, Phoenix, AZ

Jamie Sudler, Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Denver, CO

Tracy Kepler (Moderator), Senior Litigation Counsel, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago, IL

CLE Credit

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

The ABA applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA live webinars and teleconferences in AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MN, MO, MT, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV.

The ABA does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars and teleconferences in FL, ID, KS, ME, NE, NH, NJ, OH, PA, RI, and WY. Some states allow attorneys to earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission. View accreditation information for your state. The ABA will seek credit for this program in the states indicated on this page.

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of ethics CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE ethics credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE ethics credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction

Access for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Attendees

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service provides instant accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing by delivering the spoken word as a realtime stream of text. CART service for this program is firewall friendly and works in almost any network environment with Internet access, and is compatible with all major web browsers.

Registration Options

- Individual
- Group
- CD-ROM (Pre-Orders)

Phone or Mail:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Event Code: cet4ebm
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$95 Center for Professional Responsibility Members, Criminal Justice Section Members, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Members
$150 ABA Members
$195 General Public
$99 Government Attorneys
$75 Each additional registrant at the same location. Each registrant must log in to the webinar individually to receive credit.

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