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Conflicts of Interest: The Lawyer's Own Interests

Total General: .50 Total Professional Responsibility: .50

It is important for Illinois lawyers to know the Rules related to personal interest conflicts as such conflicts undermine the attorney-client relationship and could result in malpractice liability or professional discipline. This module will help you identify personal conflicts of interest, including material limitation conflicts pursuant to Rule 1.7(a)(2) and recurring personal interest conflicts pursuant to Rule 1.8. Additionally, this module will help you determine if informed consent can cure such conflicts.

In this module, you will:
  • Learn the ethics rules that govern personal interest conflicts and whether informed consent can cure such conflicts;
  • Apply these rules to different scenarios; and
  • Reflect on how you identify and address personal interest conflicts.

Sample Forms
Informational Websites
ISBA Advisory Opinions
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ISBA Advisory Opinions on Professional Conduct do not have the weight of law and do not constitute legal advice.

ABA Formal Opinions
These opinions are based on the ABA Model Rules. The laws, court rules, regulations, rules of professional conduct, and opinions promulgated in individual jurisdictions are controlling. See ABA Jurisdictional Rules Comparison Charts (comparing each jurisdiction's rules with the ABA Model Rules).
Content Contributor: James J. Grogan, Former Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel, ARDC
Video Presenter: Amanda J. Hamilton, Attorney, Konicek & Dillon P.C.

Important MCLE Notice: This Program was originally released as a PMBR (2022-2023) module. If you have previously viewed this Program as a PMBR (2022-2023) module and received a Certificate of Completion, you may only claim MCLE credit once for this Program within a 12-month period. The ARDC reports individual attorney attendance to the MCLE Board by the 5th of the month subsequent to the date of completion of the MCLE program (for example, September events will be reported by October 5).