March 2024 – KBK Partner Janet I. Levine hosted a panel at the American Bar Association’s 39th National Institute on White-Collar Crime in San Francisco on March 8, 2024.

The panel — “Zealous Representation: The Pursuit of Justice or Obstruction of Justice” — addressed how and when dedicated advocates may find themselves close to committing unethical conduct and in more serious situations, a criminal offense. The panel also explored how to appropriately react when one’s adversary is engaging in unethical conduct. Ms. Levine brought together another outstanding group of panelists this year: Kori Bell (Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP), Ed Swanson (Swanson & McNamara LLP), Mack Jenkins (Criminal Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California) Professor Laurie Levenson (Loyola Law School), and Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Rosen (U.S. Department of the Treasury – CFIUS).

At last year’s annual conference held in Miami, Ms. Levine moderated an ethics focused discussion of Brady v. Maryland. “Addressing evolving ethical challenges head-on at the ABA White Collar conference is imperative,” said Ms. Levine. “We face a world of changing expectations, but lawyers must uphold the rule of law and comport with our ethical obligations. The integrity of our profession and our adversary system of justice requires we continue to navigate complexities with clarity and conviction.”

KBK Associate Mike McCarthy assisted Ms. Levine in organizing the panel for a second consecutive year.  “Over the past two years, Janet and the panelists have shown me how the practice of law occurs in a constantly evolving landscape,” said Mr. McCarthy. “The best attorneys never stop learning, especially from each other.”