Bentham’s Jim Batson Leading National CLE Program on October 30, 2014: “Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era”

Jim Batson at his desk

In this program, Jim will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The history of alternative litigation finance;
  • The basics of how litigation financing works;
  • Ways litigation financing can be ethically integrated into litigation strategy (including on appeal)
  • How litigation finance and attorney ethics intersect, including a discussion of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including Model Rule1.7(a)(2)(material-limitations conflicts rule); Model Rule 1.8(a)(regulation of business transactions with clients); Model Rule 1.8(e)(financial assistance to clients); Model Rule 1.8(i)(acquiring a proprietary interest in a client’s cause of action); Model Rule 2.3 (hybrid confidentiality rules governing provision of evaluations to third party);
  • Issued ethics decisions and discussions on the subject, including New York City Bar Association Commission on Professional and Judicial Ethics, Formal Opinion 2011-2)(2011); Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Committee, Formal Opinion E-432(2011), and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, Advisory Opinion 769 (2003); and
  • An overview of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Ethics 20/20 White Paper on Alternative Litigation Finance.

The program is taking place from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014.  There will be an opportunity to submit questions during the program. In addition, a detailed appendix will be provided containing the ethics opinions and additional content discussed during the program.

Ethics credit will be provided depending on jurisdiction.   Please visit more information or to register.