RK&O partner James Walker discusses the biggest legal ethics decisions of 2019 in Law360

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July 3, 2019

In examining the biggest legal ethics decisions of the first half of the year, the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal was near the top of the list.  In June, a Boston federal court decided to allow Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to continue representing two parents charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, even though one of the parents was cooperating with the government while the other was not. In the first ruling on the issue, U.S. Magistrate Judge Page Kelley ruled that Boies Schiller had taken the necessary steps that would keep the two parents’ cases separate, and that both parties appeared to fully understand the situation.

RK&O partner James Walker noted that the decision of the judge may be different in other similar cases.  He added that "the decisions by the judge and the firms themselves might suggest things about the case and the way the attorneys expected it would unfold. For instance, I don't think the judge would have allowed Boies Schiller to continue on with both clients if there was a strong chance that the cooperating client would be called to testify against the other."

The Biggest Legal Ethics Decisions Of 2019: Midyear ReportLaw360 (subscription required)