Today’s population is more vibrant, textured, and diverse than ever before, and this richness will continue to deepen as society evolves. Yet we have undisputed and disturbing facts facing our profession: the legal industry has not kept pace with other professions in its effort to attract, engage, and value a more diverse workforce.
Why has our profession remained behind the needs of an evolving workforce?
What can my institution do to address this industry shortcoming? How can I support historically excluded colleagues?
What can I do to empower myself and advance professionally, in an authentic way?
Today’s businesses are driven by consumer data and digital assets. The risk of compromised or misused data, however, comes with high stakes, and the lack of federal regulation has led states to take this issue into their own hands. Data privacy laws, some of which may impose significant legal and technical obligations on corporate entities, have now been enacted in California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin, with other states expected to follow.
How can businesses that operate throughout the U.S. (and beyond) reconcile and stay in compliance with contradictory or differing obligations under each state’s own requirements? What might be common denominators that businesses could adopt to satisfy these laws? What could be the consequences of a violation? This timely webcast will examine common themes that run through each of the data privacy laws and suggest approaches to compliance.
If you find yourself up at night worried whether your understanding of legal technology is up to par, then this is the CLE for you. Using hypotheticals, we will discuss how to identify and approach the use of technology in your law practice, including, but not limited to: how to understand your client’s document management system, how to properly redact documents prior to filing, how to spot phishing attempts or tracking emails and how digital media footprints can be used both offensively and defensively. The program will offer guidance on how to navigate through some of the thorniest ethical issues that may arise when you use technology.
If you have ever found yourself scratching your head or with a pit in your stomach because of an ethical dilemma you faced in mediation, this is the CLE for you. Using hypotheticals, we will discuss the implications and potential approaches to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, including, but not limited to: what to do when a client lies to induce settlement, how to address a global settlement that may benefit one client but not the other, when does puffing go too far, and what to do if your client receives a settlement overpayment. The program will offer guidance on how to navigate through some of the thorniest ethical issues arising in settlement discussions.
This 60 minute CLE presentation is for any lawyer or law student who is dealing with, or knows someone who is dealing with alcoholism, substance abuse or mental health issues. It is also for lawyers who recognize these issues in either their colleagues or adversaries. Lawyers suffer from alcoholism an average of 3 to 5 times that of the general public. More than one-fourth of all lawyers suffer with depression, with anxiety and other stress related disorders following close on its heels. It is estimated that between 40 and 70 percent of all disciplinary complaints are related to a lawyer’s impairment.
This course discusses the 2016 ABA/Hazelden study that resulted in these statics and the continuing stigma surrounding seeking treatment or revealing mental illness or addiction to others in or out of your firm. The course further discusses a lawyer’s ethical duties when a colleague or adversary is impaired, and the growing problem of cognitive impairment in older lawyers. It further examines Lawyer Assistance Programs and the growing importance placed on lawyer wellness.
This 60-minute CLE presentation discusses conflicts of interest and how firms can use advance waivers to avoid these conflicts. It further examines Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hapton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. – an instructive August 2018 case that discusses multiple facets of conflicts of interest, such as waivers, informed consent, the breadth and scope of engagement letters, and concurrent, former and dormant clients. After examining the case, the CLE provides some best practices and provides sample conflict waiver language for attorneys to use so they can better avoid conflicts and lessen the firms exposer to costly damages.