Ethics of Freelance Legal Services: Issues and Best Practices

Ethics of Freelance Legal Services: Issues and Best Practice

Claude E. Ducloux, Board-Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, (and also licensed in CA and CO) and former Chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics will offer a 60 minute presentation with annotated power point covering:

  • What are the Attributes of a Freelance lawyer? What types of services?
  • Review of the Ethical Rules to be observed by the Hiring Lawyer or Firm
  • What Duties of Confidentiality must be observed? What Fiduciary Duties?
  • Conflicts of Interest: What should each side be required to disclose?
  • How to appropriately limit access of the Freelance lawyer to other firm matters
  • Benefits of hiring a Freelance Lawyer
  • Benefits of Being the Freelance Lawyer
  • Does the Freelance lawyer form an attorney client relationship with the underlying client?
  • Confirmation of Independent Contractor Status.
  • Supervisory responsibilities: what should be required ethically?
  • Freelance vs. "unbundled" legal Services
  • Pleadings required in some jurisdictions for limited-scope representation
  • Best Practices to observe in Freelance Services


Claude E. Ducloux has been licensed in Texas since 1977, and has also been licensed in California and Colorado. In 2011, he won the highest statewide award from the State Bar of Texas for lifetime contribution to CLE (the “Gene Cavin Award”), and has spoken in more than 600 programs in all 50 states since Jan 1, 2010, where attendees regularly rate his presentations very highly. Mr. Ducloux has a long legacy of bar service, including being President of the Austin Bar Association, and serving as Chair of almost every major Bar-related entity, as well as the Texas Bar Foundation.

This presentation is FREE for MSBA Members as part of the Virtual Learning Pass membership benefit! 

One hour of ethics credit will be offered for the surrounding MCLE states.


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