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Prevention of conflicts of interest requires several steps.  First, there must be an acknowledgement that every lawyer, no matter the practice area or type of clients represented, has potential conflicts of interest risks.  Second, the potential harm to the law firm, attorney and affected clients from a conflict of interest must be recognized as a reality of the practice of law, not as simply a theoretical ethics problem.  Third, there must be a forthright desire to avoid conflicts.  Finally, a system for information gathering and checking must be established.