21st Annual Family and Trial Law Convocation on Professionalism

Recorded March 26, 2014

Co-Sponsors

  • Family Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • General Practice and Trial Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Presiding

  • John C. Mayoue, Program Chair, Mayoue Gray Eittreim, P.C., Atlanta

  • Avarita L. Hanson, Executive Director, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Atlanta

Panelists

  • Hon. Tangela Barrie, Judge, Superior Court, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, Decatur
  • Hon. Doris L. Downs, Judge, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta Hon.
  • Juanita P. Stedman, Judge, Juvenile Court, Cobb Judicial Circuit, Marietta
  • Daniele Johnson, Daniele Johnson & Associates, Atlanta
  • James J. McGinnis, Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy, P.C., Atlanta
  • Kice H. Stone, Stone & Driggers, LLC, Macon

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW: STATE BAR OF GEORGIA HANDBOOK, PART IV (GEORGIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: PAGE H-27, ET SEG.)

John C. Mayoue

ADVERTISING IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AGE

  • Reverse auctioning for legal services
  • Limits to advertising on Groupon or Living Social
  • Did this Super Bowl commercial go too far?

SCOPE OF ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE

  • Are intra-firm communications privileged from the client? - St. Simons Waterfront LLC v. Hunter Maclean, 293 Ga. 419 (2013)
  • Speaking with an unlicensed attorney – is a client’s reasonable belief enough to protect communications?

ADVISING CLIENT CONDUCT

  • Reading emails—when does confidentiality trump misconduct?
  • Mitigating the adverse effects of Facebook
  • Speaking through the client—what advice can a lawyer give to the client on speaking directly with the adversary?

IS THERE A DUTY TO ALERT OPPOSING COUNSEL OF MISTAKES MADE IN SETTLEMENT PROPOSALS?

HOW TO PROTECT CLIENtS FROM THEIR OWN DEPOSITION

  • Did Paula Deen’s attorneys drop the ball?
  • Foot-tapping, coughing, objections and other cues
  • When to take a break