(Webcast) Professional Responsibility in the Wake of a Pandemic: Ethics Still Matter

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Program Chair:

Janis M. Meyer
Clyde & Co US LLP

  • Understanding our professional responsibility obligations is always a challenge but presents even thornier issues when the world is dealing with a pandemic. Join us as we try to make sense of how COVID-19 has affected the ethical landscape and our duties as lawyers through a discussion of recent court decisions and ethics opinions. Among the topics to be covered are the implications of remote working, the duty of supervision, cybersecurity concerns, protecting your clients’ confidential information, the latest on disqualification issues and many more. The panel will welcome questions and comments from the audience.

    Program Fee:
    $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $119 for Members

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2019-2021), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

    Attorneys from firms sponsoring the 2021 Professional Development Workshop Series can attend this program for free

  • Janis M. Meyer is a member of the Professional Practices Group at Clyde & Co LLP, where she advises on professional responsibility, risk management, compliance and professional liability issues. Janis was a partner and the general counsel of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and served as a member of its wind-down committee. Janis speaks and writes frequently on issues relating to lawyers and law firms and is a Special Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she teaches Legal Ethics and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches Professional Responsibility. She is a member of Law360’s Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board, a former member of the New York City Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, and a member of the City Bar Professional Discipline Committee.

  • Christopher Farella
    General Counsel
    Epstein Becker & Green

    Ellen Hayes
    Of Counsel
    Legal & Risk Americas
    Linklaters LLP

    Will Lopez
    Deputy General Counsel
    Cooley LLP

  • 6:00 pm – 6:05 pm
    Introduction of Panelists and Program

    6:05 pm – 6:15 pm
    Review of a Few Recent Ethics Opinions

    6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
    Revision to Rule 1.8(e): Can I Pay My Client’s Expenses?  

    6:30 pm – 6:45 pm
    Revision to Rule 7.5: What’s in a Name?

    6:45 pm – 7:00 pm
    Why Does That Law Firm Keep Showing up on My Screen?   

    7:00 pm – 7:20 pm
    Remote Working (Part I) – Ethical Issues Raised by WFH              

    7:20 pm – 7:35 pm

    7:35 pm – 7:55 pm
    Remote Working (Part II) – Are You Engaged in UPL?

    7:45 pm – 8:00 pm
    Get Those Old Records Off the Shelf?

    8:00 pm – 8:20 pm
    Non-Lawyer Ownership:  How Does It Affect NY Lawyers?

    8:20 pm – 8:35 pm
    Is Your Arbitration Clause Effective?

    8:35 pm – 8:50 pm
    Proposed Revisions to 8.4(g) 

    8:50 pm – 9:00 pm
    Questions and Answers

  • New York: 3.0 Ethics
    New Jersey: 3.0 Professional Responsibility
    California: 3.0 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Professional Ethics, Tyler Maulsby, Chair

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