The following CLE program is offered by the New-York Historical Society’s Planned Giving Advisory Council
The COVID-19 crisis has drastically disrupted the legal landscape. Lawyers and law firms quickly adapted to working remotely on an extended basis, using unfamiliar practice tools while seeking to effectively serve their clients and sustain their practices. In this unchartered law practice terrain, with daily life and work routines interrupted, deals and litigations on hold, and clients and prospects raising unique issues and novel concerns, are lawyers and law firms keeping up with their ethical obligations? The presenters will spot the key ethical risks presented in these tumultuous times by examining the duties of supervision, competence, communication and confidentiality, with a focus on lawyer incapacity and the need to protect client property. They will also highlight the relevant rules of professional conduct and bar association guidance and suggest practical solutions to avoid ethical violations. The program will also discuss what law firms need to do to accommodate virtual legal practice, the advantages and challenges to virtual legal practice, and what changes in law have permitted virtual practice to flourish.
Devika Kewalramani is a partner and chair of Moses & Singer's Legal Ethics & Law Firm Practice. Warren Whitaker is a partner at Day Pitney and is a former member of the firm’s Executive Board. Gideon Rothschild (moderator) is chair of Moses & Singer's Trust and Estates and Asset Protection practices and co-chair of New-York Historical Society's Planned Giving Advisory Council.
Moses & Singer has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education.
This CLE program is both transitional and nontransitional: it is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys admitted to practice in New York State.
CLE Credit: 1 hour, 0.5 Ethics and professionalism and 0.5 Areas of Professional Practice
Areas of Professional Practice credit may be completed by a newly admitted attorney in a webinar/webconference.