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Distress, Restructuring and the Pandemic: The Winners and Losers (03/25/2021)

Program Number: 3173 Presenter: Keith M. Aurzada, Esq., Aaron Javian, Esq., Michael Venditto, Esq.

During 2020, the U.S. economy, weighed-down by record levels of unemployment and the largest drop in quarterly gross domestic product, experienced the highest volume of bankruptcy activity since the 2008 financial crisis. As the economy tries to shake-off the effects of the pandemic, some businesses are burdened by too much debt while others face uncertain demand for their goods or services. This seminar will discuss the factors that will determine which businesses will be able to reorganize and which will not. The program will also focus on industries that will experience significant continued stress in 2021.

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The Kraken’s Wake: Disciplinary Issues for Lawyers Involved in Voter Fraud Claims and Capitol Insurrection (03/15/2021)

Program Number: 3162 Presenter: Mark Dubois, Esq., Jonathan Friedler, Esq.

In the wake of the Kraken and 60+ alleged voter fraud and election irregularity suits, as well as the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, disciplinary authorities are being called upon to review the conduct of lawyers who promoted claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. This seminar will discuss the ethical rules that govern attorney conduct in these circumstances, including Rules 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions); 3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal); 4.1 (Truthfulness in Statements to Others); 4.4 (Respect for Rights of Third Persons); 8.1 (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters); 8.3 (Reporting Professional Misconduct); and 8.4 (Misconduct). The seminar will also discuss the current efforts being made to sanction such attorneys and will explore the line between unpopular – though protected – speech and punishable conduct.

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A Shot in the Arm: The Employment and OSHA Law Implications of COVID-19 Vaccination Programs (03/15/2021)

Program Number: 3159 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Eric J. Conn, Esq., Fern Fleisher-Daves, Esq.

In December 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines received emergency use authorization from the U.S. government and several more vaccines may be approved in the coming weeks. In the initial phases, front-line healthcare workers, nursing home residents, persons over 75 years of age, and others with underlying health conditions have been given first priority, but many employers are now devising programs to have their "essential workers" or all of their workers vaccinated as soon as possible. This discussion will address the OSHA and Labor & Employment law questions swirling around employer-driven vaccination policies and programs, including the legality of employer vaccine mandates, the grounds on which employees may decline the vaccine, and what effects the vaccine has on OSHA-required COVID-19 protocols in the workplace.

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2021 to Bring New, Unprecedented Challenges to Protecting and Defending Trade Secrets (04/20/2021)

Program Number: 3156 Presenter: Eric Ostroff, Esq.

Join Meland Budwick Managing Partner Eric Ostroff as he walks you through preparing for possible national restrictions on noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants that may come with the Biden administration. If the proposed legislation is adopted, there is no doubt that employers will have to dig deep and identify new ways to safeguard their information assets. In this presentation, Eric provides practical advice and steps companies need to take now to proactively protect your trade secrets in a world without noncompetes.

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In the Midst of the Pandemic, Where Does the “Gig Economy” Stand? (03/05/2021)

Program Number: 3153 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, D. Porpoise Evans, Esq., Aleida Martinez-Molina, Esq.

Before COVID-19 dominated the headlines, the gig economy was big news as it evolved, matured, and disrupted the modern workforce. Will gig workers prove essential to economic recovery, or detrimental to companies already struggling to survive? An employment attorney and a bankruptcy attorney break out their crystal balls to tackle these and related issues – all with the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic and the new Biden/Harris administration

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Social Media and the Lifecycle of the Attorney/Client Relationship (03/08/2021)

Program Number: 3145 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Jan L. Jacobowitz, Esq., Lucian T. Pera, Esq.

Social media has become an integral part of our society. The Pew Research Center reports that approximately 70% of the adult population uses social media, and it even impacts the lives of those who elect not to engage. Lawyers’ clients are awash in social media, so it is no surprise that every stage of the life cycle of an attorney-client relationship may involve a lawyer’s need not only to explore the social media terrain, but also to understand both the benefits and dangerous landmines that await the uninformed. Join our discussion with two seasoned legal ethics lawyers to explore both the necessity of employing social media and the potential ethical perils of lawyers on social media. Topics include the use of social media in advertising; investigating all aspects of a case from a potential client’s claim to discovering information about the opposing parties, witnesses, jurors, and judges; and finally,

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IOLTA – The Basics – What Lawyers Need to Know (02/03/2021)

Program Number: 3141 Presenter: Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

Mismanaging an IOLTA is one of most common ways lawyers find themselves in disciplinary proceedings. Commonly, the problems arise because lawyers do not know the rules that apply to handling their IOLTA accounts, generally because they were never trained in the best practices. This course will explain the basics of IOLTA accounts, and offer practical advice how to set up an account, how to handle the required accounting, and offer detailed information about IOLTA account do’s and don’ts. The program is based upon the American Bar Association Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 and the Model Rule on Financial Recordkeeping.

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One Step Ahead of the Bad Guys: Preventing and Responding to Ransomware Attack (02/12/2021)

Program Number: 3139 Presenter: Tony Kirtley, Jena M. Valdetero, Esq

It seems you can’t read the news without seeing a story about another company who fell victim to a ransomware attack. This CLE will cover the legal landscape of preventing a ransomware, including regulatory requirements concerning minimum cybersecurity measures, and responding to a ransomware attack, including how to comply with the patchwork of laws governing data breaches and recent U.S. Treasury warnings on paying a threat actor. You’ll also hear from a forensic investigation specialist for inside tips on preventing and responding to ransomware attacks from a technical perspective.

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Preparing for the Unexpected: The Ethical Obligation to Plan Ahead (01/20/2021)

Program Number: 3131 Presenter: Craig Reiser, Esq., Thomas Rohback, Esq., Eva Yung, Esq.

Attorneys have an ethical obligation to plan ahead for continued client service and potential matter transition - a responsibility with heightened importance in our uncertain times. This program will review the Rules of Professional Conduct requiring preparedness, and then focus on practical suggestions and steps attorneys can take to fulfill their obligations to their clients. Learning Objectives: Review the relevant Rules of Professional Conduct requiring attorneys to be prepared to transition their matters and responsibilities – in particular: • Model Rule 1.3 • Model Rule 1.4 • Model Rule 3.2 • Model Rule 1.16(d) • Identify when and to whom the obligation to plan ahead for transitioning applies • Discuss practical steps attorneys can take in their daily practice to be prepared

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Defamation in the Time of COVID-19 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3130 Presenter: Karen D. Fultz-Robinson, Esq., Johanna Sheehe, Esq.

As COVID-19 continues to threaten public health, worldwide, and serves as a major concern for individuals, questions surrounding the health of those interacting with the public, on a daily basis, are at the forefront of our discourse. This begs the question: Is a statement falsely advising that a person has contracted COVID-19 defamatory? This program will examine the elements required to maintain a claim for defamation in the context of COVID-19. The discussion will examine the challenges of proving whether a person has been defamed, examine the history of the loathsome disease category of defamation per se and its applicability to COVID-19 and damages associated with a statement regarding a person contracting COVID-19. Participants will gain an understanding of the legal elements required to prove a claim for defamation as well as the hurdles to prevail on such a claim as it relates to the pandemic.

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