Professors Kevin Mohr, Elizabeth Jones, and Cheyanna Jaffke received awards as the 2017-2018 “Professor of the Year” for the 1L, 2L, and 3L classes, respectively. Sarah Eggleston was also recognized as the “Librarian of the Year.” The awards were bestowed by the Executive Board of the Western State Student Bar Association at the College of Law’s annual Barrister’s Ball, held on March 31 at the Disneyland Hotel.
Professor Kevin Mohr participated on a panel at the State Bar of California Ethics Symposium in San Diego on April 25 that discussed the current project to revise the California Rules of Professional Conduct, which are the principal source of lawyer regulation in California. Professor Mohr serves as the Reporter for the current Rules Revision Commission that has been tasked with reviewing and revising the Rules. It is a position he also held with the previous Commission.
Professor Kevin Mohr recently published an article titled “The Ethics of Outsourcing Legal Services” in the October issue of the BOTTOM LINE, the leading publication of the Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) of the State Bar of California. The article comprehensively addresses the principal ethical duties implicated when a lawyer outsources legal services in his or her practice: to preserve and protect confidential client information, to provide competent legal services, to avoid conflicts of interest, to communicate with the client concerning significant developments in the representation, not to charge an unconscionable fee or to divide fees with a non-lawyer, and to avoid assisting in the unauthorized practice of law by exercising independent judgment over, and accepting ultimate responsibility for, the outsourced work product. The article also provides practical guidance for practitioners by identifying precautions a lawyer should take to ensure compliance with ethical duties. Professor Mohr concludes that when such appropriate safeguards are implemented, a lawyer can meet his or her ethical obligations when outsourcing legal services.
On September 3, 2014 in Newport Beach, California, Professor Kevin Mohr joined a panel of well-respected local lawyers in an evening seminar titled “Effective & Ethical Marketing to Attract and Retain the Best Clients.” Sponsored by Solo and Small Firm Section of the Orange County Bar Association, the program covered many topics, including the importance of effectively branding your practice, the do’s and don’t’s of networking, the use of the Internet and social media to market a practice, and the residual value of print advertising. Professor Mohr posed hypotheticals that raised ethics issues concerning networking and the use of social media, but assured the audience that engaging in both are ethical when simple precautions are taken.