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Kevin Mohr, Esq.

Professor Mohr is an authority on legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is a former Chair and Special Advisor to the State Bar of California's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and is currently the Consultant to the State Bar of California's Special Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and the Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court. Professor Mohr understands California ethics rules and the model rules. Professor Mohr serves as our Ethics Expert to apply the applicable rules to the practice of law.

After practicing transactional law in Wisconsin, Professor Mohr clerked for the late United States District Judge John S. Rhoades of San Diego. Following his clerkship, Professor Mohr practiced intellectual property law in Los Angeles. He has been teaching law at Western State College of Law for over twenty years. He is a former Chair and Special Advisor to the State Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and was also Chair of the State Bar's Task Force on AB1101, which was responsible for drafting Rule of Professional Conduct 3-100, which provides for a narrow exception to the lawyer's duty of confidentiality when disclosure is necessary to prevent a crime likely to result in death or substantial bodily harm. He is current the Consultant to the State Bar of California's Special Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct and is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. He is a past President, and currently is a Master of the Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court. Professor Mohr was Articles Editor for the Yale International Law Journal Evidence Practice.
J.D. - Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

M.S. - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

B.A. - Harper College, Binghamton, NY

Western State University College of Law

Full-Time Professor of Law, Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Intellectual Property

Books

The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2014 issue V, (Volume 35, #5)
Article: Outsourcing of Legal Services
L.A. County Bar Update (July 2012)
Article: Unwaivable Conflicts of Interest
LEGAL ETHICS: RULES, STATUTES AND COMPARISONS (Lexis-Nexis 2011) (with Richard Zitrin)
Legal Ethics and Lawyer Web Sites, Part II, 26 CEB Cal Bus Law Prac 25 (Winter 2011)
Successive Representation Conflicts and The Substantial Relationship Test In California, 35 Western State L.Rev. 305 (2008)
ANNOTATED MODEL RULES of PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (ABA 6th Ed. 2007) (contributing editor for annotations for Rules 1.13 and 5.4)
The Work of the State Bar's Rules Revision Commission: A Progress Report, 30 Pub. L.J. (Summer 2007)
Giving California A Seat At The National Table of Ethics, Cal. Bar J. (October 2006)
Confidentiality: A Sacrosanct Duty That Must Be Honored, CAL. BAR J. (August 2003)
California's Duty of Confidentiality: Is It Time for a Life-Threatening Criminal Act Exception? 39 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 307 (Spring 2002)
Legal Ethics And A Civil Action, 23 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 283 (Fall 1999)
At the Interface of Patent and Trademark Law: Should a Product Configuration Disclosed In a Utility Patent Ever Qualify for Trade Dress Protection? 19 HAST. COMMUN. & ENTER. L.J. 341 (1997).
State Bar of California Past Chair and Special Advisor, Committee
on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC)
Past Chair, Task Force on AB1101, which was responsible
for drafting Rule of Professional Conduct 3-100,which provides for a narrow exception to the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality when disclosure is necessary
to prevent a crime likely to result in death or substantial bodily harm
Consultant, Special Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct
Los Angeles County Bar Association Member, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee
Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court Master
Yale International Law Journal Evidence Practice Articles Editor
December 2014 Panelist, Recent Developments In Conflicts of Interest, L.A. County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California
December 2014 Panelist, Ethics Update 2013: Recent Developments in Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, Orange County Bar Association, Newport Beach, CA
November 2014 Panelist & Moderator, The Client Who Ought To Lose: When Should You Take The Hard Case And Advocate For An Unpopular Cause? Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
October 2014 Panelist, Building and Expanding a Twenty-First Century Law Practice: Technology, the Cloud and Ethics, Paso Robles, California
October 2014 Contributor, Current Ethical Issues For In-House & Outside Counsel, U.S.C.- Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
September 2014 Panelist, On-line Marketing of Legal Services, Orange County Bar Association Solo Section, Costa Mesa, California
July 2014 Panelist, CEB: 2013-2014 Ethics Update Webinar: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Los Angeles, California
January 2014 Panelist, Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls In Your Online Law Practice, U.S.C. Tax Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
January 2014 Presentation, Social Media, Legal Ethics & Risk Management, Orange County Bar Association, Costa Mesa, California
December 2013 Panelist, Ethics Update 2013: Recent Developments in Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, Orange County Bar Association, Newport Beach, CA
December 2013 Panelist, Practical Tips and Ethical Concerns in Motions to Disqualify and Withdraw, L.A. County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California
November 2013 Moderator & Panelist, Cyberterror and The Law, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
March 2013 Panelist, A Judge’s Use of Social Media Under The Recently Revised California Code of Judicial Ethics, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
January 2013 Panelist, Surviving the State Bar & Angry Clients: Current Ethical Issues, U.S.C. Tax Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
January 2013 Panelist, CEB: 2012 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Costa Mesa & Los Angeles, California (two separate presentations, on January 18 and 25, 2013)
January 2013 Presentation, Legal Ethics of Social Media, Orange County Bar Association, Costa Mesa, California
January 2013 Panelist, Recent Developments in the Law of Lawyering 2011-2012, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California
January 2013 Moderator & Panelist, Soliciting, Creating, Defining, Documenting, And Maintaining A Lawyer-Client Relationship And Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls Along The Way, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
December 2012 Presentation, Recent Developments in Conflicts of Interest, L.A. County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California
November, 2012 Panelist, Interesting Lawyer Stuff: Recent Developments in the Law of Lawyering 2011-2012, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California
October 2012 Panelist, Hurdling the State Bar: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Legal Ethics, U.S.C.-Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
October 2012 Panelist, Interesting Lawyer Stuff: Recent Developments in the Law of Lawyering 2011-2012, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA
February 2012 Moderator & Panelists, Recent Developments In the Law of Lawyering 2011, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
January 2012 Panelist, CEB: 2011-2012 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Costa Mesa & Los Angeles, California (two separate presentations, on January 20 and 27, 2012)
September 2011 Panelist, Social Networking and Professional Responsibility Can They Co-Exist?, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California
August 2011 Presentation, The Legal Ethics and Practical Considerations for Lawyers Using Social Media, Orange Co. Bar Ass’n Solo Section, Newport Beach, California
January 2011 Panelist, CEB: 2010-2011 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Costa Mesa & Los Angeles, California
January 2011 Presentation, New and Amended Rules of Professional Conduct in Relation to Civil Rights Lawyers, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, Culver City, CA
January 2011 Panelist, Social Networking and Professional Responsibility Can They Co-Exist?, U.S.C. Tax Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
October 2010 Presentation, Social Media and Legal Ethics, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
October 2010 Presentation, Legal Ethics and Technology, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara, California
September 2010 Panelist, The Proposed New and Amended Rules of Professional Conduct, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA
September 2010 Panelist, Social Networking and Professional Responsibility Can They Co-Exist?, U.S.C.-Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
August 2010 Panelist, The New Ethics Rules in New York and California: Their Impact on Business Lawyers; Comparison with ABA Model Rules. 2010 ABA Annual Meeting, Business Law Section.
May 2010 Panelist, Rules Revision Commission: New Rules for a New Decade, 14th Annual State Bar of California Statewide Ethics Symposium, San Francisco, CA
April 2010 Presentation, The Duty of Loyalty in California, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
January 2010 Panelist, CEB: 2009-2010 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Irvine & Los Angeles, California
December 2009 Presentation, Legal Ethics on the Internet, State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California
November 2009 Presentation, Ethical Considerations in Elder Law, Orange County Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Orange, California
October 2009 Presentation, Recent Developments in Confidentiality in California, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Newport Beach, California
September 2009 Panelist, Legal Fees and Considerations in Bankruptcy Practice, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, Irvine, California.
May 2009 Presentation, Ethical Issues in Loan Modifications, Orange County Bar Real Estate Section, Irvine, California
January 2009 Panelist, Current Ethical Issues in the Global Digital Age, U.S.C. Tax Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
December 2008 Panelist, CEB: 2008 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Garden Grove & Los Angeles, California
October 2008 Panelist, Current Ethical Issues in the Global Digital Age, Beverly Hills Bar Ass’n/U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
February 2008 Panelist, Ethical Considerations In Public Sector Law, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, ABA Mid-year Meeting, Los Angeles, California
October 2007,December 2007 Panelist, CEB: 2007 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Garden Grove & Los Angeles, California
October 2007 Presentation, Legal Ethics and Technology for the Regulatory Lawyer, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
September 2007 Panelist, Legal Ethics and Technology, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
September 2007 Panelist, I’ll Take ‘Ethics and Marketing for $1,000, Bay Area Chapter, Legal Marketing Association, Technology Program, San Francisco, California
August 2007 Presentation, Multijurisdictional Practice for the Transactional Lawyer, Business Section, Orange County Bar, Santa Ana, California
May 2007 Panelist, New Rules and Update from the Rules Revision Commission, 11th Annual State Bar of California Statewide Ethics Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
January 2007 Panelist, Tech Ethics Fallout, Beverly Hills Bar Ass’n Entertainment Law Section, Beverly Hills, California
December 2006 November 2006 Panelist, CEB: 2006 Ethics Update: Recent Developments & Proposed New Rules From The California Rules Revision Commission, Anaheim & Los Angeles, California
October 2006 Presentation, Twelve Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Malpractice, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
September 2006 Panelist, Tech Ethics Fallout, Beverly Hills Bar Ass’n/U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
January 2006 Presentation, Avoiding Conflicts Of Interests For The Solo And Small Firm Lawyer,” California State Bar, Section Education Institute, Santa Monica, California
September 2005 Panelist, ABA Products Liability Section – Trends in Automotive Law: Sarbanes-Oxley and Lawyer Regulation, Torrance, California
September 2005 Panelist, Cutting Edge Ethics – Legal Trends in California,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
June 2005 Moderator & Panelist, “Ethics In Cyberspace” Orange County Bar Association, Costa Mesa, California
April 2005 State Bar of California Ninth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, Los Angeles, California Panelist, “Conflicts: Duties to Non-Clients”
January 2005 Presentation, The PATRIOT ACT: Necessary Safeguards or Overkill? League of Women Voters of Orange Coast, Newport Beach, California
January 2005 Presentation, Avoiding Conflicts Of Interests For The Solo And Small Firm Lawyer,” California State Bar, Section Education Institute, San Francisco, California
January 2005 Moderator & Panelist, “Pandora’s Box –New Rule 3-100’s Potential Impact on the Attorney-Client Relationship,” L.A. County Bar Criminal Justice Section Meeting.
January 2005 Presentation, “Recent Significant Developments in the Law of Lawyering,” HIV & Aids Legal Services Ass’n (HALSA) Training Program, Los Angeles, California
October 2004 Moderator & Panelist, “Recent Significant Developments In the Law of Lawyering,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
October 2004 Moderator & Panelist, “Pandora’s Box – The Duty of Confidentiality and New Rule 3-100,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
April 2004 Member, Planning Committee, Eighth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, San Francisco, CA Moderator & Panelist, “AB 1101: Has Tarasoff come to the Legal Profession?”
January 2004 Presentation, Avoiding conflicts of interests and other ethical traps in representing multiple clients, California State Bar, Section Education Institute, Santa Monica, California
September 2003 Moderator & Panelist, “Recent Significant Developments In the Law of Confidentiality,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
September 2003 Moderator & Panelist, “Recent Significant Developments Affecting the Law of Lawyers,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
June 2003 Co-Chair, State Bar of California Seventh Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, Costa Mesa, CA Moderator, “Special Ethics Issues in Family Law, Elder Law & Estate Planning”
June 2003 Presentation, “Avoiding Improper Conflicts of Interest,” State Bar of California, Solo & Small Practice Section Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California
October 2002 Panelist, “Recent Significant Developments Affecting the Law of Lawyers,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
October 2002 Moderator & Panelist, “Ethics in the Use of Technology in the Modern Law Office,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
June 2002 Chair, State Bar of California Sixth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, San Francisco, CA Panelist, “People v. Dang & The Ethical Implications of Lawyers Testifying Against Their Criminal Defendant Clients: Do California Lawyers Have Tarasoff Duties?”
February 2002 Moderator & Panelist, “Lawyer Whistleblowers and the Duty of Confidentiality,” ABA 2002 Mid-year Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (panel co-sponsored by Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the National Association of Bar Counsel)
September 2001 Moderator & Panelist, “Conflicts Of Interest: Methods For Identifying And Avoiding Conflicts of Interest,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
September 2001 Panelist, “Ethics and Technology in the Practice of Law,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
June 2001 Chair, State Bar of California Fifth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, Fullerton, California Moderator & Panelist, “The Lawyer As Whistle-blower: A Re-assessment of the Lawyer’s Duty of Confidentiality under Business & Professions Code § 6068(e)”
May 2001 Presentation, Ethical Issues in Immigration Law, State Bar of California Immigration Law Section Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California
June 2000 Co-chair, State Bar of California Fourth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, Fullerton, California Moderator & Panelist, “Imputed Disqualification & Ethical Screening”