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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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The Trouble with TikTok & Other Cautionary Foreign Investment Tales: Navigating the New CFIUS Landscape (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3117 Presenter: David Hall, Esq., Tahlia Townsend, Esq.

As headline grabbing actions around TikTok, StaynTouch, Grindr, and PatientsLikeMe demonstrate, the risks associated with foreign investment in the U.S. have substantially increased. New regulations significantly tightened the rules governing overseas investment into U.S. businesses in 2020, dramatically expanding the circumstances in which pre-investment notification to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is either mandatory or recommended. This session will cover when foreign investments in the U.S. may trigger mandatory pre-transaction notification requirements, and when voluntary notification may be advisable; the impact of the recent increased focus on security of sensitive personal data; why understanding U.S. export controls is now essential to the CFIUS analysis; the key steps and timelines for making a CFIUS filing; the consequences of not making a filing when required or recommended; and key recommendations for investment due diligence and planning.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims Litigation and Legislation: The Current Lay of the Land (02/09/2021)

Program Number: 3115 Presenter: Caitlin Bronner, Esq.

This webinar provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of Covid-19 business interruption claims litigation and legislation. Topics covered will include the current state of legislative efforts to shift to insurers liability for such losses, or to encourage the early settlement of claims arising from same, as well as the current status of litigation of Covid-19 business interruption claims across the country.

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Countering Crime Insurers’ “Direct Loss” Defenses against Coverage for Cyber Scams (01/06/2021)

Program Number: 3111 Presenter: Joshua Gold, Esq.

Among the various arguments insurance companies have deployed to attempt to deny “Computer Fraud” coverage under crime policies, three have been focal points in multiple court contests. All three are variants on the theme that the crime in question was not “brute force” hacking per se – direct invasion of a computer – but scams that in one way or another induced action from individuals acting on behalf of the targeted organization. Participants in this session will learn the nuances of these defenses against coverage, the grounds on which state and federal courts have rejected them, and the terms in which to credibly resist coverage denials under crime policies when their organizations are the victims of cyber scams.

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Estate Planning Opportunities with "20/20 Vision": The Impact of the Federal Election on Existing Estate Plans (01/19/2021)

Program Number: 3109 Presenter: Melanie E. Cuddyre, Esq.

This program will discuss the unique estate planning opportunities created as a result of the 2020 Federal election. The 2021 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion is $11.7M per individual (or $23.4M for a married couple). While the exclusion was already set to drop to $5 million, as adjusted for inflation, on January 1, 2026, the recent Federal election creates the possibility that the exclusion will be reduced before that date, and potentially be reduced to a lesser amount. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued regulations confirming that gifts made prior to a reduction in the exclusion will not be “clawed back” into the gross estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes. Lifetime gifting opportunities, including the use of Spousal Limited Access Trusts (SLATs), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs), and other techniques allow individuals to take advantage of the current exclusion rate while they are still able. This program discusses

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What You Don’t Know, But Need to Know, About Hotel Investments in 2021 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3108 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Yariv C. Ben-Ari, Esq., Jonathan Falik, Esq.

This session is intended to present a practical approach to understanding basic hotel industry financial terminology, definitions, and applications. The package includes debt terms, equity terms and investment terms and issues. Speakers will discuss the critical legal issues in the purchase and sale of a hotel property, considering the unique aspects of this asset class. The program will focus on seller representations and warranties, key contract provisions in the purchase and sale agreement, and retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation. The program will also address the significance of the terms of the hotel management agreement. The presentation will relate to the current hospitality environment in Q1 2021.

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