Supervising Subordinate Lawyers

Supervising Subordinate Lawyers

Explore the ethical obligations imposed on lawyers supervising other lawyers and non-lawyers, and the obligations of subordinate lawyers.


In this clip, we will review Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.1, which imposes ethical obligations in three related contexts: a lawyer supervising another lawyer; a lawyer supervising a non-lawyer; and a subordinate lawyer. In each situation, lawyers must use their best independent judgment to comply with ethical rules.  

I. Obligations of supervisory lawyers

Rule 5.1 of the Model Rules requires supervisory lawyers to make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that subordinate lawyers...