Ethical Considerations of Remote Work and Virtual Law Practices



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Ethical Considerations of Remote Work and Virtual Law Practices
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Legal Ethics
Original Air Date:
January 25, 2021
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About the Program

Legal ethics experts Carole J. Buckner, Partner & General Counsel at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch in San Diego and Rachelle H. Cohen, partner at Kehr, Schiff, Crane & Cohen, LLP in Los Angeles, will discuss ethical guidance for working remotely or transitioning to a virtual law practice and other law practice concerns that have arisen in the age of COVID.

What if you?re working from another state ? and what if you?re not admitted in that state? What can your website say about your location(s)? Even if you?re staying right here in California, if you?re converting your office to fully remote, how can you continue to manage your practice in compliance with your ethical obligations? What if your or a client?s COVID risk makes appearing in court unadvisable?

The panelists will discuss the guidance in California, other states, and from the ABA on remote work and will explore numerous hypotheticals about related issues.

Can lawyer / attorney legally work remotely in the other state? Is remote work from another state legal for lawyers? Legal aspects of virtual law practice for attorneys.

Meet the Speakers
Rachelle H. Cohen
Rachelle H. Cohen


Partner Kehr, Schiff, Crane & Cohen, LLP

Rachelle Cohen’s practice includes corporate transactions, estate planning, and legal ethics counseling. She serves as an outside “in house” counsel to many of her clients and provides day-to-day guidance on legal challenges that arise in her clients’ businesses. She focuses on learning about her clients’ needs and concerns so that she can provide the best legal representation possible. 

Rachelle speaks and writes frequently about business entities and transactions and legal ethics. In addition, she has taught a course at the USC Gould School of Law on contract drafting and strategy. 

Rachelle has served during 2020-21 as the Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Corporations Committee and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Ethics Committees. 

She also is a member of the CLA Civics Engagement and Ethics Committees and the Century City Bar Association Board. She also has been involved in updating the CEB book Advising California Partnerships. Previously, Rachelle worked in the state and local tax and investment management groups at Dechert LLP.

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Carole J. Buckner
Carole J. Buckner


Senior Counsel

Carole J. Buckner is Senior Counsel in Klinedinst’s San Diego office. Her law experience focuses on litigation in business, employment, real estate and professional liability matters, including internal investigations. She has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts, including jury trials, as well as arbitration and mediation. She has advanced experience in legal ethics, professional responsibility, the law of lawyering, and risk management, including advising law firms and lawyers, and rendering expert opinions on matters involving legal ethics. She also has also served as an arbitrator and mediator. Ms. Buckner has also served as general counsel, managing outside counsel and coordinating with insurance issues.

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