Externship Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Conflicts of interest are a relatively common issue in Hawaiʻi, particularly given the small size of the Hawaiʻi Bar. A number of rules or guidelines have been promulgated to assist attorneys in dealing with this issue when it arises. For example:

HAWAIʻI RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
RULE 1.7 CONFLICTOF INTEREST

GENERAL RULE
(a) A lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation of that client will be directly adverse to another client, unless:
(1) the lawyer reasonably believes the representation will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client; and
(2) each client consents after consultation.
(b) A lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation of that client may be materially limited by the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client or to a third person, or by the lawyer’s own interests, unless:
(1) the lawyer reasonably believes the representation will not be adversely affected; and
(2) the client consents after consultation. When representation of multiple clients in a single matter is undertaken, the consultation shall include explanation of the implications of the common representation and the advantages and risks involved.
[Adopted effective January 1, 1994.]

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LAW CLERKS
(published by the Hawaiʻi Judiciary and adopted from a similar federal code)

Canon 2 A law clerk shall not engage in any activities that would put into question the propriety of the law clerk's conduct in carrying out the duties of the office. A law clerk shall not allow family, social or other relationships to influence official conduct or judgment.
Canon 3 F. A law clerk shall inform the appointing justice or judge of any circumstance or activity of the law clerk that might serve as a basis for disqualification of the justice or judge, e.g., a future employment relation with a law firm, association of the law clerk's spouse with a law firm or litigant, etc. [Adopted March 13,1981; consolidated and remained January 1, 1996]
 

In order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, complete and submit this form BEFORE entering into a Externship Memorandum of Agreement.

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Dale W. Lee

Director of Professional Development
Phone
(808) 956-8636