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PEPPER HAMILTON LLP: 'Full House of Conflicts' - an Examination of Conflicts of Interest in the College Admission Scandal Litigation Known as the 'varsity Blues' Case

By Press release submission | Dec 16, 2019


Pepper Hamilton LLP recently issued the following announcement.

Recently in the news are cases alleging criminal conspiracies to influence admissions decisions at major universities in the United States. This college admissions scandal is colloquially known as the “Varsity Blues” scandal. It involves more than 50 individuals, including a number of celebrities, accused of providing funds to an organizer of the scheme for payments to inflate college entrance exam scores and to bribe officials at more than 10 universities.

Interestingly from a professional responsibility point of view, some of those who are accused have entered into joint representation engagements and hired attorneys who also represent some of the universities which have been victimized by the scheme. Is this acceptable? Can a lawyer simultaneously represent a husband and wife as defendants in a criminal proceeding? What are the benefits and risks of such a joint representation? Can a law firm represent defendants in a criminal proceeding when it also represents a victim/witness in unrelated matters? When and how can these clients waive conflicts of interest?

Our speakers will examine these issues by presenting and analyzing real life and hypothetical scenarios, asking for your input, and providing guidance for handling these types of conflicts of interest when they arise.

Our presenters will be:

Hope A. Comisky, Partner and Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Jessica Kozlov Davis, Director of Professional Responsibility, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Andrea G. Schwartz, Professional Responsibility Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Christen Tuttle, Partner in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton LLP

The program is approved for one (1) MCLE Ethics credit in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Attorneys licensed in Connecticut and/or New Jersey may claim credit under each state’s reciprocity policy. Credit for other jurisdictions may be available upon request.

In-person in Philadelphia and live simultaneous videoconference available in the following Pepper Hamilton offices: Berwyn, Boston, Detroit, Harrisburg, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Rochester, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington.


Pepper Hamilton

3000 Two Logan Square

Eighteenth and Arch Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799


There is no cost to register.

Date: December 18, 2019

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