CLE# 2014-311: Ethical Traps and How to Avoid Them
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
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8:30 a.m. Check-in
9:00 a.m. The top ten most common malpractice concerns will be identified to discuss how problems can arise and what practice tips and advice that can help the attorney stay out of trouble with each area of concern. Participants will learn what some clients know about legal fees that you don’t, what keeps malpractice carrier claims and risk attorneys awake at night, and why the clients who actually sue you aren’t the ones you’re concerned about.
- Failing to Know or Properly Apply the Law
- Failing to Document Scope of Representation
- Allowing a Statute of Limitations Date to Run
- Failing to Communicate
- Failing to Properly Manage the Client Relationship
- Failing to Address and Properly Resolve Conflicts of Interest
- Passive Firm Management
- Forgetting to Take Care of One’s Self
- Getting too Comfortable with the Attorney/Client Relationship
- Suing for Fees
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Computers are wonderful tools. Their use allows law firms to be far more efficient than they would be without them. What information would be compromised if your laptop were stolen? As tech users, our actions can unintentionally circumvent the security tools that have been deployed. What we do with email, Internet browsing, downloading, social networking, and even how and where we do these things matters. Unsecured Wi-Fi is exactly that, unsecured. Just because a signal is there doesn’t mean using it is a good idea. Cybercriminals have the same ability to access that signal as you do. This session discusses technology traps for the attorney and information on how to avoid them.
- Mobile Device Security
- Portable Storage Concerns
- The Password Headache
- Unsecured Wi-Fi
- A False Sense of Security with Technology
- Social Engineering, Phishing, and Cybercrime
- Don’t Do Stupid When Browsing the Internet
- Social Media and the Attorney Client Privilege Warning
12:15 p.m. Adjourn
Presented by: Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq., ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company