Counsel Over Cocktails

Counsel Over Cocktails is a one-hour CLE video that analyzes the ethical pitfalls of offering "informal" legal advice in social situations.

Suppose you're out with friends on Saturday night when that person wearing a vest who's lurking in the corner sidles up with "Hey you're a lawyer right? I have this quick legal question..." We've all been there. Most find it annoying. (Can I stop working for 15 minutes please?!) But more importantly, for the unwary, the situation is an ethical minefield!

Counsel over Cocktails features Professor Hugh Spitzer of University of Washington's School of Law, as well as advice from Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven C. González, and practicing attorneys. The rules and issues analyzed include:

  • Accidental Clients
  • The Four "C's" of Legal Ethics
  • Formation of Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Conflicts Checks
  • Imputed Conflicts
  • Ghostwriting - ethical considerations
  • ABA Model Rules 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12
  • And more...


This course is offered for ethics CLE credit in the following jurisdictions*:

  • WA (1 Ethics, Activity ID 1033597)
  • OR (1 Ethics, Course No. 6992*3)
  • AZ
  • AK
  • CA (if watched out-of-state)
  • CO
  • CT
  • ME
  • MD
  • MA
  • MI
  • MT
  • ND
  • SD
  • WV

*Limitations and conditions may apply depending upon your CLE reporting jurisdiction's requirements. Please check your local state bar or reporting authority for details. Creative Legal Education does not report your course participation.

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