Cooper, White & Cooper LLP Partner Mark L. Tuft chairs PLI’s annual California MCLE Marathon.  From PLI:

Why You Should Attend

This fast-paced and up-to-the-minute program satisfies all of California’s MCLE special requirements. If your last name begins with the letter A through G, your MCLE compliance deadline, February 1, 2007, is fast approaching.

PLI can meet all of your MCLE needs. We have scheduled the MCLE Marathon, taught by a faculty of outstanding California lawyers who are recognized leaders in their field, that will conveniently provide all of the California required subjects that you need: 4 hours of legal ethics; 1 hour of prevention, detection or treatment of substance abuse; and 1 hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession, all in just one day.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
9:00  Program Overview
9:15 Conflicts of Interest for Lawyers Practicing in California
A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the current law and latest trends in California on conflicts of interest between present clients, conflicts between current and former clients, and conflicts involving third parties and the lawyers own interests. The program will include a discussion on whether California’s approach to conflicts differs from other jurisdictions and, if so, why. The program will also focus on the current standards for vicarious disqualification and when screening procedures may be appropriate, to what extent California courts have recently modified the substantial relationship test, and the rule changes currently being considered by the California State Bar Rules Revision Commission.
Mark L. Tuft, Moderator; Randall Difuntorum, Pamela Phillips, James E. Towery
10:45  Break
11:00  The Current State of the Law on Confidentiality and the Attorney-Client Privilege
This segment will cover the much publicized inroads and attempts to limit the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality in civil and criminal proceedings. The discussion will include recent cases and developments on issues of federalization and the doctrine of pre-emption, lawyers serving as whistle-blowers, representing impaired clients and clients who plan to violate the law and subpoenaing lawyers to testify against their clients.
Mark L. Tuft, Moderator; Randall Difuntorum, Pamela Phillips, James E. Towery
12:00  Recent Developments on the Law Governing Lawyers
The panel will survey the latest cases, rules, statutes and ethics opinions affecting the practice of law in California, including developments in legal malpractice, malicious prosecution and third party liability, advocacy and restrictions on speech, attorneys fees, the proposed new mandatory insurance disclosure rule, and the current proposed amendments to the California Rules of Professional Conduct.
Mark L. Tuft, Moderator; Randall Difuntorum, Pamela Phillips, James E. Towery
Afternoon Session: 2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
2:30 Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
Learn about the disease of addiction, where help is available, and one lawyer’s story of recovery from this disease.
Robert D. Resner
3:30  Break
3:45  Diversity in the California Legal Profession: A Status Report and Call to Action
  • Current state of diversity in the profession, including the judiciary
  • The impact of diversity challenges on California’s justice system
  • An overview of The State Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Project designed to improve diversity in the profession
Joan M. Haratani, Moderator; Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte, Edwin K. Prather
4:45  Adjourn

Event Details

Start Date: December 6, 2006Location: PLI California Center -- San Francisco, CAAttorney(s): Mark L. TuftAdditional Event Details