Ethics and Electronics: Navigating Legal Ethics and New Technology
Registration: 7:30am - 8:00am
Introduction & Welcome: 8:00am - 8:15am
Dean of the Law School, Marianne Culhane
Session 1: 8:15am - 9:00am
Mr. Brett J. Trout
Mr. Trout will discuss how ethical rules regarding how lawyers can and cannot use technology fail to keep pace with an increasingly sophisticated technological landscape. Best practices dictate that lawyers seeking to leverage technology should use a three-pronged approach to avoid ethical pitfalls. While there are no guarantees, this three-pronged approach can prove invaluable in avoiding ethical problems relating to new uses of technology in the practice of law.
Session 2: 9:00am - 9:45am
Ms. Cynthia A. Brown
Ms. Brown's presentation will address issues concerning the ethics of attorneys secretly tape recording discussions, particularly given the ease new cell phone technology presents in conducting such recordings. She will look at current state laws which differ in what is considered criminal conduct as well as what is considered ethical conduct.
Break 9:45am - 10:00am
Session 3: 10:00am - 10:45am
Mr. John G. Browning
Mr. Browning will discuss social media use and legal ethics, specifically the issue of just how far attorneys can go in advising clients to "clean up" their Facebook pages and other social networking presences. He will discuss the spectrum of attorney involvement, ranging from the benign (advising clients on adopting privacy settings) to the more problematic issues of clients removing content and risking spoliation of evidence allegations.
Session 4: 10:45am - 11:45am
Fr. Greg O'Meara
Fr. O'Meara will take a traditional and academic approach to client confidentiality issues arising with respect to storing client documents "in the cloud." He will explore the common law of maintaining a client's confidences and analyze older sources of common law addressing confidentiality. His presentation will focus on how this duty is effectively waived by attorneys who choose the efficiency and economy of web storage without considering the costs in matters of client confidentiality.
Nebraska has approved this seminar for 3.25 hours of Professional Responsibility CLE credit, while Iowa has approved the seminar for 3.25 hours of Ethics CLE credit. Attorneys wishing to attend and receive CLE credit should RSVP to Karen Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org. When registering, please include your Nebraska bar number.
Parking will be available on the upper level of the parking garage located east of the School of Law, the Harper Center visitors' lot accessed via 20th Street, or the visitors' lot west of the School of Law at the intersection of 24th and Cass Streets. Metered street parking is available on Cass Street.
For more information on the symposium, please contact Professor Ronald R. Volkmer P: 402.280.3088 E: email@example.com
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