January 01, 2019 From the Chairs

Late-Career Ethics Issues

Michael J. Van Zandt

This issue of Experience magazine focuses on ethics. As practicing attorneys, we face ethical issues every day, whether because of conflicts, disclosure requirements, or loyalty to clients.

We also have responsibilities to the profession to ensure that we’re adhering to the highest ethical standards, and we a have a duty to ensure that our colleagues and our opposing counsel adhere to those standards. These are difficult issues to face when a senior partner or even you may no longer have the competency to practice law.

As our clients age, what are our ethical duties to them if we suspect that they’re losing capacity? Valerie Sherman has written an article on that very subject, and you’ll benefit from reading and understanding what a lawyer’s ethical obligations are to a client who may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Cheryl Rich Heisler adds to our knowledge by overlaying the ethics of explaining an unplanned job change in job interviews. We also have an article that addresses what retirement looks like by Marilyn Tucker and another listing the 13 biggest retirement financial mistakes. Wrapping up, we have exercises you can do at home to stay fit and a useful summary of what to do after you’ve been hacked by Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene.

Make your plans to attend the Annual ABA Meeting in San Francisco in August. Enjoy.

Michael J. Van Zandt

Michael J. Van Zandt is a partner and co-chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources group at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. In addition to chairing the Experience editorial board, Van Zandt is vice chair of the Senior Lawyers Division; a member of the SLD Council; a representative for the ABA SLD to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Special Committee; a Litigation Counsel of America senior fellow; and an American Bar Foundation life fellow.