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Preliminary rounds are scheduled for Thursday, February 23, from 9:30-11:30 am & 2:00-4:00 pm and Friday, February 24, from 9:30-11:30 am on the law school campus at 78 North Broadway in White Plains, New York. Interested attorneys are requested to complete and return a judging form to the NELMCC office. Confirmation and judging materials will be sent to registered attorneys. Attorneys should arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled round for final instructions.

Attorneys admitted to the New York bar for more than two years may earn two practice credits per round of judging. Attorneys in states other than New York will need to check with the state's CLE department to determine if the program will satisfy its requirements. Attorneys must sign in and out on the attendance sheet before and after each round of judging in order to receive CLE credits. According to New York State CLE rules, newly admitted attorneys (attorneys admitted to the bar less than two years from the competition date) cannot earn CLE credits for judging moot court competitions.

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In co-sponsorship with the ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources, we are pleased to offer an ethics CLE program free of charge to attorneys who judge at least one round of the 2017 Competition. Interested attorneys should complete the CLE registration form on the Judging Brochure. Preregistration is strongly urged.

DATE: Friday, February 24, 2017
TIME: 1:00-3:00 pm
LOCATION: Judicial Institute, Lecture Hall
CLE CREDITS: 2 ethics

Pamela Esterman, Principal, Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.
Susan Amron, Chief, Environmental Law Division, New York City Law Department
Fern Fleischer Daves, General Counsel, Thermostat Recycling Corporation
Derek McBean, General Counsel, GHD Consulting Services, Inc.
Steven Russo, Chair, New York Environmental Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

DESCRIPTION: This lively two-hour presentation will examine various hypothetical scenarios familiar to environmental practitioners. Among other ethical issues, the scenarios will focus on the unique issues faced by environmental lawyers in balancing client confidentiality and various statutory and regulatory duties to report. The hypotheticals will also cover working with experts, conflicts, and the attorney client privilege. Each scenario will be presented by one panelist and then commented on by the other panelists. The moderator will highlight the potentially applicable Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Ethical Considerations for Environmental Lawyers
New Jersey Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5
Connecticut Rule 5.5
Excerpts from the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Excerpt from the New York Rules for Professional Conduct
New York Part 523
Federal Rule of Evidence 502
Federal Rule of Evidence 502 Order   
NYSBA Ethics Opinion 782
NYSBA Ethics Opinion 835
NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1019
NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1020
NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1093
New York City Bar Association Formal Opinion 2012-01
Ethics Hypotheticals