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Experience relevant to Connecticut legal ethics and the law of lawyering

Member CBA Committee on Professional Ethics 1986 – present.
Vice Chair 1997-2007; Chair 2007-2011

From 2008 to 2013 – Counsel to the Federal District Court Grievance Committee. I was one of three counsels to the Committee. I was assigned to matters in the Federal District Court at New Haven. As counsel to the Committee I had two principal responsibilities: process cases of reciprocal discipline, and assist the Committee in analyzing and investigating complaints of misconduct not involving reciprocal discipline including conducting hearings and preparing recommendations for the Committee’s consideration.

I have represented lawyers before the Statewide Grievance Committee.

I have advised lawyers and law firms on a variety of issues including but not limited to starting a firm, retiring from the practice of law, a lawyer’s obligations as a witness, conflicts of interest, obligations concerning files of former clients, retaining liens, and a lawyer’s obligation when acting as a fiduciary in the absence of an attorney-client relationship.

On several occasions I have served as an expert witness.

Written Work and Seminar Presentations on the Subject of the Law of Lawyering
and Legal Ethics

Opinions

[Note: These are opinions of the CBA Committee on Professional Ethics and represent the work of the Committee. Mr. Chambers’ role was merely that of drafter and very often re-dafter based on committee discussions.]

  • Formal Opinion
    • 49 – Confidentiality and the Suicidal Client
  • Informal Opinions
    • 87 -15 Propriety of Opposing Counsel Having Discussions with Government Employees without the Consent of Counsel for the Government
    • 88 -9 Newsletter by Out-of-State Law Firm to Non-Clients in Connecticut
    • 89-3 Referral to Moral or Religious Beliefs on Lawyer’s Stationary
    • 90-14 Lawyer Advertising
    • 90-24 Conflict of Interest – Criminal and Police Department
    • 91-22 Fraudulent Transfers – published in Connecticut Bar Journal Volume 66 No.3, June 1992
    • 92-14 Fee Dispute between Attorneys
    • 93-12 Attorney Advancing Costs of Client’s Medical Interests
    • 93-24 Designation of Out-of-State Lawyers as “Of Counsel” to Connecticut Firm
    • 95-4 Termination of Association between Two Attorneys
    • 97-26 Posting Advertising on the Internet
    • 99-5 Confidentiality and the Suicidal Client (later adopted as Formal Opinion 49)
    • 00-5 Confidentiality and the Suicidal Client [Revising Informal Opinion 99-5]
    • 00-23 Non-lawyers, Imputed Disqualification and Screening
    • 04-13 Duty to Report Possible Perjury by a Lawyer as a Litigant in his Own Divorce Case
    • 08-01 Obligations of Plaintiff’s Counsel under a Particular Settlement Agreement
    • 10-01 When Does A Demand For Reimbursement of ERISA Benefits Constitute A Claim Of An Interest Under Rule 1.15(f)?
    • 10-02 Application of Rules of Professional Conduct to a Person Licensed to Practice Law When There Is No Attorney-Client Relationship
    • 11-2 May A Lawyer Accept An Entirely Voluntary, Unsolicited Bonus?
    • 11-3 Do the Rules of Professional Conduct Permit Lawyers to Store Client Information Online?
    • 11-5 May a Lawyer consulted for a second opinion contact the lawyer of record without the client’s consent?

Other

A Brief Introduction to the Law of Lawyering and Some References, 11 Conn. L. Rptr No. 11 (May 23, 1994)

I wrote an article for Connecticut Law Tribune on IOLTA. Specifically the article pointed out that banks pay different rates of interest on client’s funds accounts and that if law firms would put their client’s funds in banks that pay a higher rate of interest, the legal community could raise a very substantial amount of money that the Connecticut Bar Foundation could make available to legal aid. I have not been able to retrieve the cite to that article.

Some Thoughts on the Rules of Professional Conduct as Revised, February 2009, prepared for New Haven County Bar Association

Blogs

Seminar Presentations

  • Ethical Considerations Relating To The Retiring Lawyer – materials prepared for a CBA seminar held on April 9, 1999
  • What Do We Do Now? How to Comply With the Updated Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice Book Revisions? CBA Seminar – September 18, 2007
  • CTLA Seminar on ERISA Liens – November 7, 2008
  • Some Ethical Considerations Relating to Leaving a Law Firm Offered by the CBA – May 6th and May 8th, 2009
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Educations

  • Yale College, 1971, B.A., Political Science
  • Vermont Law School, 1978, J.D., cum laude
  • Certificate from the Quinnipiac School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution evidencing completion of 40 hours of Mediation Skills Training, April, 2017

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • Connecticut Federal District Court
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Association Memberships

  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Center on Professional Responsibility
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association (not admitted in New York)

Community Involvement

  • Benhaven, Inc., Member Board of Directors
  • Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Inc. – Former Board President (note: The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence  acquired The Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Inc)
  • Foote School – Member Board of Directors
  • Horizons at Foote – Member of Board of Directors

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