August 22, 2019

Out of State Attorneys and Ethics – Your Questions Answered

In this age of technology, the importance of physical proximity is diminishing. With an electronic device and a wi-fi connection, a law practice can be operated practically anywhere. An attorney from, say, New York could theoretically remotely operate a New York practice out of Colorado. The question, though, is whether this is ethical.

Another scenario is for an out-of-state attorney to work on Colorado cases pro hac vice. Would the out-of-state attorney need co-counsel in Colorado? What if some ethical violation were committed—where would the grievance be filed? Would the co-counsel face discipline as well?

Finally, is it ethical for an out-of-state attorney to live and practice in Colorado if he or she only does federal work? What happens if that attorney violates ethics rules—is there any recourse?

We asked these questions of Amy DeVan from the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. She, along with colleague James Coyle, will present on these issues at a lunch program on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at noon at the CLE offices. It is a perfect opportunity to get your questions answered while fulfilling ethics requirements.

CLE Program: Blurring the Lines: Cross-Border Practice of Law

This CLE presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 27, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Click here to register for the live program, or click here to register for the webcast.

Can’t make the live program? Click here to order the homestudy.

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