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Working Remotely: Ethical Considerations During and After COVID-19


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: May 14, 2020
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Agenda

Outlining the ethical obligations to protect client confidential information. (ABA Opinions 477R, 482, and 483, Pa. Bar Opinion 2020-300)
Practical advise about what you should do today to protect yourself.

The goals:
  • Not to be perfectly safe
  • Not to merely meet your ethical obligations
  • To be safer today and tomorrow from all those dangers than you were yesterday
  • To continue to improve your security even more when things return to “normal.”


Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Recorded: May 14, 2020

Description

The COVID-19 quarantine has transformed the practice of law from the office to the kitchen table, raising technological and ethical concerns for attorneys and their staff.

To assist attorneys deal with their newly imposed reliance on remote technology, bar associations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association, have offered ethical guidance, and have also based guidance in part on ABA opinions.

Join Daniel J. Siegel of Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel and Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese, LLP as they discuss ethical considerations while "working from the kitchen table".

This program was recorded on May 14th, 2020.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Daniel J. Siegel

Founding Attorney
Law Offices of Daniel J Siegel, LLC

Mr. Siegel is a practicing attorney and founder of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC, who regularly represents attorneys with and provides guidance on ethical and professional responsibility matters.

His practice also focuses on trial and appellate court writing, and workers compensation matters. He serves in numerous bar association positions, including Co-Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (and the primary author of numerous ethics opinions published by the Committee); Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division Professional Development Board, and is of the Philadelphia Bar Association Law Practice Liaison. He has is also a columnist for numerous publications.

Mr. Siegel is the author of thirteen books, including and Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms & Attorneys; he is the editor of Pennsylvania Fee Agreements.

Lucian T. Pera

Partner
Adams & Reese, LLP

Lucian T. Pera focuses his practice on commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics work. His civil litigation practice has ranged widely and includes a variety of commercial, personal injury and intellectual property litigation, as well as numerous state and federal appeals. Lucian has represented many media outlets in matters ranging from claims for defamation or invasion of privacy to access to courtrooms, public records and meetings of government bodies.

His extensive bar association work in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility has resulted in him being elected, both locally in Tennessee and nationally, to bar association leadership positions. This work also makes him a go-to lawyer nationally in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility. He advises attorneys, law firms, their clients, and businesses who deal with lawyers about all aspects of the law. Recent assignments have included defense of lawyers in disciplinary investigations and proceedings, counseling clients with disciplinary complaints and other claims against lawyers, advising law firms about loss prevention and claims, defending and prosecuting motions to disqualify lawyers or for sanctions, and advising innovative start-ups in the legal business.

Lucian regularly provides expert witness testimony in matters concerning legal ethics, professional responsibility and the standard of care for lawyers and law firms.

Amid rapid changes in the business of law, Lucian also counsels law firms and other entities developing new business models for the delivery of legal services. He also advises individuals and organizations seeking to do business with lawyers about how they may do so legally and ethically.

Lucian also writes and speaks frequently, both nationally and in Tennessee, on legal ethics and professional responsibility and media law. In addition, he routinely conducts presentations and seminars for national audiences.


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