Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest is a situation in which an attorney has a duty to more than one person or entity and cannot do justice to the actual or potential adverse interests of both parties. In other words, the attorney’s competing professional or personal obligations make it difficult or impossible for her to fulfill her duties fairly or ethically.
As a prospective student in the Cyberlaw Clinic (the “Clinic”), the Clinic must ensure that you do not have actual or potential conflicts of interest that could prevent you from working on clinical cases or projects or perhaps prevent the Clinic from taking on certain new projects.
It is crucial that you provide enough detail about your past work experiences (legal and non-legal) and previous clients to allow us to conduct the conflicts check while not revealing any confidences gained though prior legal work.
This information will allow us to make a preliminary assessment of whether there might be an actual or potential conflict that would require consent from clients, that would require the creation of a screen, or that would prevent you from engaging in clinical work. Of course, we will continue to discuss potential conflicts of interest as you are assigned projects during the semester.
For more information about conflicts of interest, view the Cyberlaw Clinic’s Conflicts of Interest Policy here.
For each past instance of employment, complete this form once. You should enter all prior or current legal employment or volunteer activities, as well as all prior or current non-legal employment or volunteer activities.
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