As family law practitioners know all too well, working in this practice area is often like running through a minefield. Divorce and child custody clients are highly charged with emotions like anger and depression. One small misstep can send a client through the roof, and straight to the Grievance Oversight Committee with a complaint. Because family law attorneys deal with clients who are experiencing high levels of stress and unstable emotions, they must be especially diligent in seeking out CLE courses in ethics specifically geared for family law attorneys.
Ethical dilemmas faced by attorneys representing children and families are often unaddressed in the professional conduct rules. Family law attorneys face a wide range of ethical dilemmas from the business side in crafting fee agreements for couples who are divorcing to counseling dilemmas encountered in family violence situations.
Be sure to stay current and informed on the latest in ethics courses for Family Law attorneys issues. One resource for family law attorneys is Ethical Issues in Family Representation by Professor Barbara Glesner Finesan, assistant dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, who teaches a course on family law ethics.