(Webcast) Ethics & Professionalism: Best Practices for Attorneys 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Program Co-Chairs:

William F. Dahill
Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Debra Lynn Mechanick
The Law and Mediation Office of Debra Lynn Mechanick, MSW, Esq.

  • This program provides an experience-based overview and perspective on spotting and dealing with ethics issues that arise over a wide range of practice areas. Members of the Professional Discipline Committee will present short, entertaining but issue-filled vignettes reflecting real-world scenarios. This program will cover ethical issues involved in inadvertent production of privileged materials in discovery, the use of investigators by law firms, law firm billing of clients, plagiarism, redaction, cybersecurity for lawyers, uncivil conduct and obligations to courts and adversaries, the proper use of attorney escrow accounts, lateral movement by lawyers and the pitfalls to avoid in dealing with pro se litigants. A panel of experts representing many facets of the legal community and decades of experience will comment on, discuss and answer questions about the vignettes. The goal is to present issues and incidents the audience will remember and practical information they can use in daily practice.

    Program Fee: $199 for Members | $299 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2018-2020), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Moderator
    Harvey Strickon
    Paul Hastings LLP

    Jorge Dopico
    Chief Attorney
    Attorney Grievance Committee
    First Judicial Department
    Supreme Court of the State of New York

    James B. Kobak, Jr.
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

    Michael S. Ross
    Law Offices Of Michael S. Ross

    Kaylin L. Whittingham
    Whittingham Law

    Christopher Ryan
    K2 Intelligence

  • 12:00 pm – 12:10 pm
    Introductions & Overview

    12:10 pm – 1:50 pm
    Presentation and Panel Discussion of Vignettes

    • Escrow Accounts
    • Uncivil Conduct and Obligations to Courts and Adversaries
    • Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant
    • Lateral Movement by Lawyers
    • Ethics Issues in Billing Clients
    • Cybersecurity
    • Investigation, Supervision of Investigators, Use of Social Media
    • Inadvertent Production
    • Plagiarism
    • Redaction

    1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

  • New York: 2.0 Ethics
    New Jersey: 2.0 Professional Responsibility
    California: 2.0 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania: 1.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Professional Discipline, Brenda Correa, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org