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Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics 2020

February 18, 2020

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Lunch is included and will be available beginning at 11:00 AM.)
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
1701 SW Jewell Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604
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Foulston's popular annual ethics seminar has been developed specifically for corporate counsel with the goal of assisting you in your responsibility to provide high-quality legal guidance to your organization. Join us in Topeka for our ethics seminar on February 18, 2020.

We are pleased to offer our Corporate Counsel Series on ethics and other relevant topics in Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City throughout the year. If you are unable to join us for this ethics session, please check back on our Corporate Counsel Series page for a Kansas City date in May and a Wichita date in the fall.


RSVP required to with your name, title, organization, address, e-mail address, and telephone number. This is a FREE seminar for corporate counsel. Enrollment is not available for attorneys in private practice without prior approval. Register early, limited space available.


This activity has been pre-approved for 2.0 CLE ethics credit hours for attorneys in Kansas and Missouri.


Foulston Siefkin attorneys


How to (Ethically) Improve Your Negotiating Style

As in-house counsel, you are asked to advocate your client's negotiating positions in the strongest possible manner to achieve your client’s deal objectives. But your negotiation style to support your client can cross the line into ethical violations and liability for fraud and other actionable misrepresentations.

  • When do your aggressive advocacy puffing or bluffing tactics cross the line?

  • When must you verify the accuracy of your client’s representations before you draft agreements or negotiate based on those representations?

  • When can you stay silent if your counterparty does not seem to know the law, or know a material fact?

  • How much can you coach your client to negotiate directly with another business counterpart?

Join us for a lively conversation identifying the most pertinent ethics rules and examining cases of how other lawyers taking negotiating risks found (and crossed) the line. Walk away with a more confident understanding of where to locate the line, to improve your negotiating tactics without increasing your ethical or legal liability. 

  • Rules 1.0, 1.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 8.4

Once Upon a Time: Ethical Fairy (and Scary) Tales

This program will include a discussion of current ethical challenges for lawyers and examples of ethics issues arising in the past year, including:

  • Ethical challenges posed by conflicting cannabis laws and regulations 

  • Siri and Alexa: Are you being recorded without your knowledge?

  • Emojis and hashtags

  • ABA Formal Opinion 483: “Lawyer’s Obligations After an Electronic Data Breach or Cyberattack”

  • Social media blunders (yes, again)

  • Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 6.1

For More Information

Contact Adrienne Clark at or call 316.291.9721 or 800.267.6371.