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Consumer attorneys frequently encounter a specific set of ethics dilemmas that are unique to consumer cases. Unlike the typically broad, sweeping Ethics Overview CLE, this interactive online course is designed specifically with the consumer attorney in mind. Ethics expert and Director of Litigation at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Stephen Gardner, will cover four pressing ethics areas for consumer law practitioners.

What You Will Learn

  • Whether you can I tape phone calls with the bad guy
  • Whether you can contact the bad guy’s employee
  • Whether you can agree never to sue that bad guy again, in order to get a good settlement for my current client
  • Whether you can represent several plaintiffs at once against the same bad guy


Stephen Gardner is Litigation Director at CSPI. Before joining CSPI, Steve was of counsel to the National Consumer Law Center, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection of the States of both New York and Texas, Students Attorney at the University of Texas, and a Legal Services staff attorney in Austin. He has received the Marvin Award from the National Association of Attorneys General and the Consumer Advocate of the Year award from the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Steve is a frequent author and speaker on consumer advocacy issues. His publications include Legal Strategies: You Are What They Say You Are Eating, in THE BOTTOM LINE OR PUBLIC HEALTH (Oxford U. Press 2010); Litigation as a Tool in Food Advertising: A Consumer Advocacy Viewpoint, and LOYOLA LAW REVIEW, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2006).