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Ethical Considerations for Missouri Lawyers Practicing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel & Legal Ethics Counsel


Join the Chief Disciplinary Counsel and Legal Ethics Counsel for a conversation regarding the ethics of working remotely of for lawyers, the need for continuity of care for clients, and the Missouri Judiciary response to COVID-19 and the impact of local stay-at-home orders.

 

Speakers:
Alan D. Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Melinda J. Bentley, Legal Ethics Counsel

Alan Pratzel, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007. In his position with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel oversees the investigation and disposition of all complaints against lawyers in the State of Missouri. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pratzel served for twenty-two years as a Special Representative for the Region X and XI Disciplinary Committees in St. Louis. Mr. Pratzel is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Melinda Bentley, Legal Ethics Counsel

Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and she provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. 


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