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Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics 2023

February 23, 2023

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 Ave., Topeka, KS 66621
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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 Thursday, February 23, 2023

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


RSVP to attend this year's seminar at this link. 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 program approved for 2.0 hours of CLE ethics credit for attorneys in Kansas and 2.1 hours of CLE ethics credit for attorneys in Missouri.


Foulston attorneys Jeremy Graber, Jake Holly, and Bill Matthews


The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of the Board Member

Sometimes no good deed goes unpunished! You’ve been asked by a local non-profit to serve on its board of directors. You love their mission and look forward to assisting with board strategy, planning the annual gala, and getting to know fellow board members. Fast-forward to the first meeting, and you are peppered with questions about employment issues, the expiring office lease, and a sticky issue with a group of vendors. It doesn’t stop there – one board member even asks if you can help them with a traffic ticket. Suddenly you wonder if perhaps they simply wanted a lawyer on board. We’ll explore the legal and ethical obligations, and provide some practical advice for your admirable decision to say “yes” to board service, including the following:

  • The legal duties and obligations of board service
  • Understanding and defining your board service and setting expectations with the organization and fellow board members
  • Communicating about legal issues and the attorney-client privilege
  • Identifying and handling potential conflicts of interest
  • Providing competent advice
  • Rules: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8. 1.10, 5.5

Everything Ethics, Everywhere, All at Once

From high profile legal “mistakes” in the news to local ethics decisions to how to respond to an ethical complaint, we’ll tackle a range of topics and cases to help you navigate the ethical multiverse.

  • The nuts and bolts of an ethics investigation
  • Recent Kansas ethics decisions
  • Examples of ethics cases in the news
  • Rules: Kan. Sup. Ct. R. 200 et seq.; KRPC 1.1, 1.3, 3.1, 3.4, 4.2, 8.3, 8.4

For More Information

Contact Liz Golay at or call 316.291.9723