Ethics Update 2017
Lawyers face certain challenges on a daily basis, including the proper maintenance of escrow accounts and record keeping and electronic discovery issues. Additional developments in the lead case, “Galasso” and its related civil matters provide lessons as to the best practices in the firm and outside of the firm as to a lawyer’s fiduciary responsibilities and reliance on others. In addition, the implications of the use of email and other electronic devices, as well as spyware in discovery are issues that consistently crop up. Our panel will first discuss Galasso and its implications. The second part of the program will use a matrimonial fact scenario to examine various ethical issues that arise in the electronic world in which we live and litigate, including but not limited to inadvertent disclosure of confidential information; use of spyware; false evidence; and duty to report misconduct. Applying the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, precedent and bar association opinions, the Panel will discuss the applicable practical and ethical concerns that come into play when these issues arise.
2 CLE Credits – 1.0 hr. Ethics/ 1.0 hr. Professionalism*
HON. JEFFREY S. SUNSHINE
Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Kings County,
JORGE DOPICO, ESQ. CHIEF COUNSEL
Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Judicial Department
MATTHEW LEE-RENERT, ESQ., STAFF COUNSEL
New York State Grievance Committee for the
Ninth Judicial District
DEBORAH A. SCALISE, ESQ.
Scalise & Hamilton, LLP
MODERATED BY: KITLEY COVILL, ESQ.
The opinions expressed by any program presenter are
the presenter’s own, and do not reflect the official position
of the WWBA or the WPBA.
* Pending approval by WBASNY in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 credit hours in ethics and professionalism as specified, acceptable for transitional credit for established and newly admitted attorneys. The Westchester Women's Bar Association is a chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Full and partial scholarships for this program, based on financial need, are available. For information and to apply, please contact WWBA President, Susan Edwards Colson at email@example.com
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