Jenner & Block Partner April A. Otterberg will speak at a meeting of the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Titled “Rule 4.2 and the Right to Petition the Government,” April’s presentation will examine the “no-contact rule” in the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, which prohibits a lawyer from discussing the subject of her representation with a person who the lawyer knows is represented by another lawyer, without that lawyer’s consent or other legal authorization. She will explore whether a lawyer who represents a client before a government body can communicate directly with the government decision-maker without obtaining consent from the government’s lawyer, and she will discuss the difference between the ethics opinions issued by the ABA, CBA, and ISBA on the subject. The program will be held at 12:15 p.m. March 21, 2014, at the CBA, 321 S Plymouth Ct.
April is a member of the Professional Responsibility, ERISA Litigation and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. Her professional responsibility practice includes defending lawyers and law firms from pending or threatened legal malpractice and related claims.