Christopher Farella, Esq. is a member of the Litigation Department of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. and also serves as Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Deputy General Counsel with duties encompassing advice on ethical matters, resolution of conflicts of interest, and advising senior management on a wide-range of issues. Mr. Farella’s practice focuses on state and federal litigation in the employment, business, and white-collar criminal practice areas, with particular expertise on guidance and creative strategies regarding best practices for the preservation and collection of electronically stored information (“ESI”). Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, was an Assistant General Counsel at the North American headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company and he served as Chairperson for New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee. Mr. Farella is a received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Wireless Ethics and Confidentiality for Attorneys
CLE Credits earned: 2 ETHICS
With technology dominating how we interact with one another, attorneys are increasingly reliant on the latest methods of communication in staying in touch with clients, adversaries, and the courts both in and out of the office. Additionally, the volume of client documents now being created and stored electronically has risen exponentially, affecting, among other things, litigation and document review. Today, lawyers are now under an ethical duty to understand and utilize various technologies which aid in the representation of clients. With this duty comes challenges in the execution, from what to store and where, how to access it from in and out of the office, to how to deal with inevitable missteps or errors.
This webinar will discuss each of these challenges, beginning with the ethical rules that are at play in the use of technology, considerations and risks attendant with that use, and best practices for maintaining the information. It will also explore inadvertent disclosures and how they should be handled, as well as the ethical considerations of social media. By incorporating these lessons, and recognizing the importance of proper use and safekeeping of information, lawyers will minimize client complaints and grievances, reduce the risk of court-ordered sanctions, and use the technology to best serve their clients’ interest.
Key topics to be discussed:
• Discussion of ethical rules that touch upon or in some way intersect with technology
• Discussion of risks associated with using technology and utilizing best practices
• Exploring ways information can be disclosed inadvertently and how attorneys should respond
• Use of Social Media and its impact on the practice of law
Date / Time: March 25, 2019
• 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
• 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
• 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific
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• Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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Section I. Ethical Rules Implicated by Technology
a) Duty of Competence
b) Duty of Communication
c) Duty of Confidentiality
Section II. Common Risks and Solutions for Using Wireless Resources
a) Wifi – public and private
c) Mobile Devices
Section III. How to Manage Electronic Information
a) Electronic Files in the Office
b) “The Cloud”
Section IV. Inadvertent Disclosure
a) Interplay with Model Rule 1.6
b) Litigation scenarios and Clawback provisions
c) Non-Litigation scenarios
d) Panama Papers scenario
e) Border searches
Section V. Ethics and Social Media
a) Lawyer Advertising Rules
b) LinkedIn Recommendations
c) Avvo and other online legal referral services