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Christy Hoop focuses her practice in the areas of legal ethics and professional responsibility, and conflicts of interest. Ms. Hoop also has …

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Have Your Clients Had Their Legal Checkup?

In August 2014, the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Services set out to improve the delivery of, and access to, legal services in the United States. (Report on the Future of Legal Service in the United States, p.4)    More ›

Seventh Circuit Warns: “When in Doubt, Disclose.”

The Seventh Circuit sends a message to the bar regarding potential conflicts of interest in a class action matter, reaching an issue raised for the first time on appeal: “when in doubt, disclose.” More ›

Ethical Screens and the Rise of the Confidentiality Screen

Most of us are familiar with the use of non-consensual ethical screens (also called ethical walls) as a method to isolate a client or a particular case from a potential conflict of interest. Ethical screens are most often created in an attempt to avoid disqualification due to a lateral hire's prior work history with another law firm, an organization or a government entity. The purpose of the ethical screen is to prevent confidential information obtained by that attorney, while representing another client, from being disclosed to other attorneys and/or employees in the same firm who may be representing other clients (the "second matter") that may benefit from use of the information.  More ›

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