Both the requesting attorney and the coverage attorney must check for potential conflicts of interest based on the rules of professional responsibility and bar rules in the jurisdiction of that hearing.
If any conflict of interest exists, the coverage attorney cannot cover that hearing. If that happens, the court call will be put back into the pool of requested, but not covered hearings so that another coverage attorney may provide coverage.
Conflicts of interest issues may arise in the following ways:
- RULE 1.7 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: CURRENT CLIENTS
- RULE 1.9: DUTIES TO FORMER CLIENTS
- RULE 5.4: PROFESSIONAL INDEPENDENCE OF A LAWYER
- CONFLICT RULES FOR SOPHISTICATED CLIENT