Seminar: Should Attorneys Join the Pot Revolution?

January 16 seminar advises lawyers on ethical pros, cons of marijuana-related work

Denver, CO, January 12, 2015 – Two Denver attorneys are hosting a January 16 online seminar which will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls awaiting lawyers seeking to do marijuana-related work. The seminar, “Danger Lurking in the Tall Grass: Legal Ethics and Marijuana,” is presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and will feature Charles F. Luce, Jr. and Eric B. Liebman, Co-Chairs of Moye White LLP’s Law Practice Professionals Group.

The marijuana industry has been described as the next (Acapulco) Gold Rush. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form.  Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia recently passed laws legalizing recreational use; the remaining states allow consumption for medical purposes.  In 2016, five more states are expected to introduce ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana, including California, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

A recent Rasmussen poll found 56 percent of Americans favor legalizing and regulating marijuana.  Like same-sex marriage, the tide appears to have turned quickly and decisively against cannabis prohibition, which portends the need for legal advice.  Yet, the possession, sale, and control of marijuana remain federal crimes.  What is an ethical lawyer to do?

To address these issues, Luce and Liebman will discuss the following topics:

  • Federal vs. State Law Conflicts
    • Counseling or Aiding a Client in a Criminal Activity
    • Federalism and Ethics
    • Lawyers Admitted to Federal Courts
  • Multi-jurisdictional Practice – Applying Conflicts of Ethics Rules
  • Representation of Direct vs. Indirect Marijuana Activities
  • The Colorado and Washington Experience
  • Voulez-vous un Toke? – Lawyers who Really Relate to their Clients

The seminar will be offered on January 16, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST.  Registration is $299.  To register or obtain further information on group discounts, groupcasts, cancellation policies and state-specific credit information, please go to:

For more information on the Practising Law Institute (PLI), please go to

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