Ethics CLE: Recent Developments in Legal Ethics and Law of Lawyering

In this CLE Webinar, Professor Emeritus of Law William Hodes and Greenberg Traurig shareholder Andy Halaby will discuss the following four areas of lawyer professional responsibility and related law.

  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's 2022 decision in Upsolve v. James, presently on appeal to the Second Circuit, regarding unauthorized practice of law (UPL) and First Amendment limitations on regulation of lawyer speech.
  • Relatedly, developments in non lawyer ownership of law firms, focusing on recent regulatory activity where such is permitted (Arizona, Utah, and the District of Columbia) and other jurisdictions (such as Florida and California), as well as the latest American Bar Association pronouncement on the topic.
  • Duties to former clients and whether they are grounded in duties of loyalty or confidentiality, including discussion of the Third Circuit's recent decision in Avco Corp. v. Turner.
  • The Greenberg v. Lehocky litigation over Pennsylvania's version of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), currently before the Third Circuit on appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's decision that the rule violates the First Amendment's free speech guarantee and is unconstitutionally vague under the Fourteenth Amendment.


  • William Hodes, Professor Emeritus of Law, Indiana University; and Co-Author, The Law of Lawyering
  • Andrew F. Halaby, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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