Class Descriptions

“Let’s Talk Tech: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together in an Ethical & Practical Way”

In today’s fast-pace world, practitioners must walk a thin line between using new technologies and social media to benefit their clients while being mindful to avoid the pitfalls that can present ethical problems. Speakers include James M. McCauley (Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar); Kellam T. Parks (Member, ParksZeigler, PLLC, Virginia Beach); Charles B. Molster, III (Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Washington, D.C.); Kevin Minsky (Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton); Michael J. Woods (Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Verizon); Sharon D. Nelson (President of Sensei Enterprises Inc.); and John Simek (Vice-President, Sensei Etnerprises, Inc.)

DATE:  Thursday, October 1, 2015
TIME:  8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LOCATION:  3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 E. Main Street (Bank of America Building)
COST:  $150 ($160 after September 24th)
MCLE CREDIT:  This program has been approved by the Virginia MCLE Board for 4.0 hours credit, including 3.0 hours of ethics credit and 1.0 hour of regular credit.

8:30 a.m.   Networking Coffee

9:00 a.m.   General Duty of Competence and Case Discussion

9:30 a.m.   Social media – Topics include blogging, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and newer  social networks and trends; and Ethical Concerns – Topics include commenting on pending trials, pretexting, criticism of judges, confidentiality and unintended relationships

10:00 a.m.  Marketing – Topics include endorsements, direct solicitation, referrals, specialization, letterhead and newer forms of marketing like Avvo and coupons

10:15 a.m.   Cloud computing and best practices

10:30 a.m.  Virtual law offices – the trend toward internet lawyering

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.   Cyber Security/Data Breaches: Technical and Policy Panel – Topics include definitions, government involvement, policy issues, and commercially available prevention, monitoring and etection products

12:15 p.m.  Cyber Security/Data Breaches: Advice for Virginia Lawyers – Topics include preventing breaches, encryption, strong passwords, hackers, malware, what you must do legally and ethically after a data breach – and the costs, cyberinsurance

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“Trial Preparation: Getting Ahead of the Curve”

A successful outcome in your client’s case often comes down to PREPARATION. And, having some inside knowledge never hurts! The final days leading up to a trial can be especially challenging. this seminar focuses on what practitioners should do in the 30 days leading up to a civil trial in Virginia circuit courts. Topics covered will include: Witness and Exhibits; Use of Depositions; Motions in Limine; Expert Designations; Jury Instructions; and Recovery of attorneys’ fees (evidence required).  Our panel of experts, Hon. W. Reilly Marchant of the Richmond Circuit Court; William W. Tunner of ThompsonMcMullan, P.C. and James B. Thorsen of Thorsen Hart & Allen LLP, will walk you through the process and give you helpful preparation tips.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 20, 2015
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after October 13th) – $150 for non-members ($160 after October 13th)
MCLE CREDIT:  This program has been approved by the Virginia MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit

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“Competence, Communications and Conflicts 2015 Update”

This program will feature a discussion of VA RPC 1.1 Competence, 1.4 Communication and Rules, 1.7 & 1.8 Conflicts of Interest, Hypotheticals illustrating how rule violations trigger ethics complaints and malpractice claims will be  highlighted.  Speakers for the seminar are Thomas Auth, Regional Sales Director and Claim Attorney for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, and Jeff Geiger, general counsel and group leader of the business and professional liability litigation practice at Sands Anderson PC.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 21, 2015
TIME:  4:00 – 500 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $37.50 for members ($47.50 after October 14th) – $75 for non-members ($85 after October 14th)
MCLE CREDIT:  This program has been approved by the Virginia MCLE Board for 1.0 hour of ethics credit

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“Hot Topics in Legal Ethics”

Join Jim McCauley, Ethics Counsel of the Virginia State Bar, for an update on recent developments in legal ethics and professional responsibility.  Mr. McCauley will cover recent legal ethics opinions and Supreme Court rulings with a special focus on the hot topic of non-lawyer participation in the legal services market. Additional topics Mr. McCauley will discuss include technology, lawyers leaving law firms and the future of law practice.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 21, 2015
TIME:  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $37.50 for members ($47.50 after October 14th) – $75 for non-members ($85 after October 14th)
MCLE CREDIT:  This program has been approved by the Virginia MCLE Board for 1.0 hour of ethics credit

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“Common Young Lawyer Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them): Advice from the Bench”

This program is designed to help new practitioners (and seasoned attorneys) avoid the common mistakes that young lawyers have made inside and outside of the courtroom. The panelists will include the Hon. Barbara J. Gaden of the Richmond General District Court, the Hon. Pamela S. Baskervill (Ret.), formerly of the Petersburg Circuit Court and now of The McCammon Group, and the Hon. Thomas B. Hoover (Ret.), formerly o f the 9th Judicial Circuit of Virginia and now of The McCammon Group. The panel will be moderated by Amanda E. DeBerry of the Boleman Law Firm.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after October 20th) – $150 for non-members ($160 after October 20th)
MCLE CREDIT:  This program has been approved by the Virginia MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit

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