Understanding Attorney Obligations under RPC 8.3, The New Rat Rule



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Legal Ethics
Original Air Date:
January 12, 2024
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About the Program

The new Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3, that requires lawyers to report other lawyers for certain types of illegal conduct, has generated questions about when it is necessary to report conduct, what types of illegal conduct are required to be reported, and what types of conduct shouldn’t be reported. This program will provide guidelines for the average practitioner and will also address reporting requirements when the conduct comes from lawyers within the same firm, pursuant to Rules 5.1 and 5.2. This knowledge is essential for anyone managing a law office, particularly since a violation can affect not only a lawyer involved in wrongdoing, but the lawyer or lawyers who could be disciplined for failing to report the errant lawyer.

Meet the Speakers
Deborah Wolfe


Founder Wolfe Legal Solutions, PC.

Deborah Wolfe has been licensed to practice law in California since 1981, and in Arizona since 1982. 

Currently, Ms. Wolfe acts as a trial and legal ethics consultant to other attorneys and as an expert witness in the areas of legal ethics and civil litigation. She frequently lectures on topics related to legal malpractice and ethics, and is currently a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee, on which she has served since 2006. Ms. Wolfe served as member, then Chair of the Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission to the State Bar of California from 2010 through 2013. She has authored articles in legal ethics in the San Diego Lawyer magazine, the County Bar weekly newsletter, and on the San Diego County Bar Association’s website. Ms. Wolfe is a co-author of “Opening and Managing a Law Office”, published by the State Bar of California.

Certified Legal Specialties: Legal Malpractice Law by State Bar of California; Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy

Ms. Wolfe is the recipient of two Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards and several Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. In 2017, Ms. Wolfe received the annual Daniel T. Broderick, III Award for Civility, Integrity, and Professionalism.

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