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The World Turned Upside Down: How the Pandemic Has Permanently Transformed the Legal Industry (12/02/2020)

Program Number: 30280 Presenter: Mike DeFrank, Esq.

The Corona virus has required virtually all businesses to re-think how they deliver services, and the legal industry is no exception. While a pandemic has to be the worst possible reason for any industry to evolve, the changes that the sector has embraced out of necessity will have long-term positive impacts on practitioners and their clients. Join Mike DeFrank as he explores what lawyers and legal consumers should expect in the “new normal”.

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Helping Diverse Attorneys Thrive: Tips from In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30279 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Malachi B. Jones, Jr. Esq., Bonnie Lau, Esq.

Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the modest successes that have been achieved, but now is the time for law firms and legal departments to double-down on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation with in-house and outside counsel as they discuss initiatives and share the experiences that have helped diverse attorneys thrive and have made a positive impact with their firms and organizations.

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Introduction to Whistleblower Laws (12/11/2020)

Program Number: 30277 Presenter: Shauna Itri, Esq.

A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who have information that a company/individual has committed fraud. The primary statutes under which this relief may be sought are the federal and state False Claims Acts (“FCAs”), which are not specific to any particular type of fraud. In addition to the FCAs, there are other statutes which apply to tax fraud, securities fraud, and in California, fraud on private insurance companies. This practical Course will provide attorneys with an overview of the whistleblower laws, the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize a potential whistleblower case, and understand the unique procedures utilized in filing whistleblower cases/tips.

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Ethically Dealing with Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Legal Profession (12/15/2020)

Program Number: 30276 Presenter: Joan Bibelhausen, JD

Studies show that lawyers are at greater risk for alcohol and other substance use disorders, depression, other mental illness, and stress than members of other professions or the general population. This stress has been exacerbated in 2020 as lawyers are on the front lines in our nation’s crises and major events. There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness. By understanding lawyer stress, this continuum, and the facts about addiction and mental illness, lawyers can reduce their risk, encounter fewer ethical challenges, and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a problem. Signs, symptoms, risk factors and recovery regarding these problems will be presented. The discussion will include competence (1.1), diligence (1.3), communication (1.4) and other ethical considerations and the program will offer timely tools to reduce risk as well as information on lawyer assistance programs and other resources.

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The Intersection Between Law & Medicine (11/05/2020)

Program Number: 30274 Presenter: Clifford A. Rieders, Esq.

This subject is a culmination of many years’ lecturing on the subject of law and medicine and how the two interact. Subjects covered include peer review; risks and complications; the value of good bedside manners; how to avoid medical malpractice; what to do about obstructive and difficult conduct; and many other areas. The course is useful not only to lawyers, but also healthcare professionals. The concept is that, except for a few physicians, much of what occurs in the law is alien to the medical profession. Likewise, lawyers have some difficulty in understanding the medical world. There is an intersection between these two fields based upon the requirement to work together on behalf of patients, medicine and the legal system. This seminar is intended to explore some of those topics in a novel, interesting and thoughtful manner.

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The Dram Shop Act: An Update (11/13/2020)

Program Number: 30272 Presenter: Andrea Alonso, Esq.

New York’s Dram Shop Act affords individuals who are injured as a result of another’s intoxication a cause of action against the party that unlawfully sold, provided, or assisted in providing, the alcohol to the intoxicant. The legislation targets vendors, usually a bar or restaurant, that sell alcohol to visibly intoxicated adults, and social hosts who knowingly allow minors to drink. Alcoholic Beverage Control Law §65 defines an unlawful sale of alcohol. It is illegal for any vendor of liquor to sell, deliver, or give away alcoholic beverages to any person who is under 21 years of age or “visibly intoxicated.” General Obligations Law §11-101 provides a right of action against a vendor who unlawfully sold alcohol to an intoxicated individual. In order to recover under GOL §11-101, a plaintiff must prove that the vendor unlawfully sold or procured alcohol for the intoxicant while the intoxicant was “visibly intoxicated” and

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Technology and the Evolution of the Lawyer/Client Relationship (11/20/2020)

Program Number: 30252 Presenter: Valerie Pennacchio, Esq.

Like most industries, the legal industry is ripe for disruption because of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain. In tandem with technological innovation will be a change in the relationship between corporate law departments and outside counsel. While law departments and outside counsel will need to collaborate to mitigate risks and tackle litigation arising from the use of new technologies, new technology will support a change in the structure of businesses providing legal services and will be leveraged to streamline processes and increase efficiency. This program, taught by Valerie Pennacchio, will cover: (1) The technological advancements that are most poised to support disruption; (2) Use cases for these technologies in the legal industry; and (3) The impact of technology on the relationship between law departments and outside counsel.

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Navigating the Ethical Minefield of the New Normal Due to COVID-19: Legal Malpractice Issues Emerging from the Pandemic (10/20/2020)

Program Number: 30239 Presenter: Diana C. Manning, Esq.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the legal profession and forced attorneys to adapt to changing conditions like never before. As lawyers adjust to practicing law in the new reality, they must remain vigilant of the need to abide by ethical rules. This program will discuss common ethical issues emerging from the pandemic and how to avoid them while staying safe. Learning objectives and topics include: Keeping up with continuing advancements in technology; the ongoing duty to communicate with clients; maintaining civility with adversaries; the importance of remaining cognizant of deadlines; and maintaining confidentiality in a virtual environment. This program will cover ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (competence), 1.3 (diligence), 3.2 (courtesy and respect), 5.1 and 5.3 (monitoring for data breach).

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All PR Isn’t Good: How to Stay Out of the News and Out of Ethics Hot Water (08/25/2020)

Program Number: 30206 Presenter: Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

The adage that all publicity is good is not always true. The media are filled with stories about how lawyers end up in ethical and disciplinary hot water by filing improperly-redacted documents, disclosing confidential information to family and friends, and allowing technological ignorance to prejudice clients. This conduct may violate the Rules of Professional Conduct and subject attorneys to potential discipline under the Rules in their jurisdictions, including Rules 1.4, 1.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 5.4 and 8.4. This program will highlight some infamous errors and demonstrate how to avoid errors that arise from common software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.

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Effective Mediation Part 2 – The Art of the Opening Statement - What Should go into it and Should Your Client Speak (03/09/2020)

Program Number: 3020 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Elizabeth Shampnoi

Mediation requires different advocacy skills than litigation; such differences are highlighted in a mediation opening statement. A poorly prepared, adversarial opening statement can derail or even terminate a mediation before the discussion has even begun. However, a conciliatory and settlement focused opening statement geared towards collaboration and understanding sets the appropriate tone for the negotiations and mentally prepares all sides for reaching an agreement. Mediation opening statements require forethought and practice, with a conscious regard of tone, body language, and word choice, they should not be discounted as an important tool in the toolkit of a successful mediation. This program will explore the differences between opening statements in mediation and litigation; when mediation opening statements should be utilized; who should speak (i.e. client and/or advocate or both) and how to prepare a mediation opening statement strategically in order to advance your goals. The program aims to help advocates

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