Maine Rule of Professional Conduct 2.1 requires lawyers to “. . .render candid advice. In rendering advice, a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social, emotional and political factors, that may be relevant to the client’s situation.” In the age of Michael Cohen and renewed interest in lawyers as “fixers”, what is a lawyer’s professional obligation to his or her client? What is a counselor role for an attorney? Should an attorney also serve as a “fixer?”
This program offers one hour of ethics CLE credit. Lunch is provided.
James M. Bowie
Attorney Bowie is the managing attorney at Thompson Bowie. Jim's practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance counseling services and professional liability. His exceptional reputation in the legal community is built, in part, on his successful involvement in cases which have helped shape Maine law. Not only is he a veteran of countless jury trials in both state and federal court, as well as non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, but he has also been counsel of record in over 80 matters before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Attorney Bowie is an active arbitrator and mediator, participating in the panels for the Maine’s Rule 16B mandatory ADR program, as well as a substantial private arbitration and mediation practice. He is a frequent lecturer on subjects of trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, insurance law, and risk management for professionals.
Gerald F. Petruccelli
Attorney Petrucelli has many years of experience in civil trials and appeals in state and federal courts across Maine, including work in the fields of business litigation, insurance law, product liability, administrative law, environmental law, intellectual property, professional liability, contract and commercial law, and corporate law and business organization. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Attorney Petruccelli taught for many years at the University Of Maine School Of Law (Professor of Law, 1968-1975; Lecturer, 1975-1979; Adjunct Professor, 1979-2015). His course offerings included Civil Procedure, Evidence, Contracts, Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Torts, Constitutional Law, Copyrights, and The Legal Process.