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Legal Technology for Senior Lawyers 2022 - 2.25 CLE / 2.25 E / .75 CLE (NLS)

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Legal Technology for Senior Lawyers

2.25 CLE / 2.25 E / .75 CLE (NLS) - A National Speaker Seminar Featuring Barron K. Henley

Part I: 2.25 CLE / 2.25 E

In 2012, the American Bar Association amended the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“ROPC”) to address technology issues. As of today, 40 states have adopted at least some of those changes (including Indiana). Among other things, the italicized language was added to Rule 1.1, Comment 8: “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with the technology relevant to the lawyer’s practice,… ”Further, Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality of Information) comment 16 stipulates that “A lawyer must act competently to safeguard information relating to the representation of a client...” Unfortunately, lawyers of all ages often feel less than confident that they’re acting competently as it relates to cybersecurity and protecting electronic client data. As we all know, digital client data is much harder to protect from unauthorized disclosure than the analog (paper-based) data it is replacing.

Another issue we’ll cover is that it’s nearly impossible to practice law today without directly using technology. For many in the generation of lawyers who didn’t grow up with technology, the new tools and procedures being thrust upon us are a constant source of discomfort and irritation. What does a senior lawyer need to know about the ethics rules changes; and how does one properly supervise or police the use of technology tools by others? What (simple and inexpensive) tools are available to help lawyers discharge their duty to use “reasonable efforts” to protect client data? How can a lawyer (who may not consider him/herself to be tech-savvy) learn to be more self-reliant and confident about the technology tools we simply cannot avoid while practicing law? In this segment, we’ll answer all those questions and more.

(Model Rules of Professional Conduct to Be Discussed During Part 1 // Rule 1.1 Competence; 1.6 Confidentiality; 1.15 Safekeeping of Property; 5.3 Responsibilities of Non-Lawyer Assistants)

Part II: .75 CLE (NLS)

Don’t expect web meetings (Zoom, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc.) to go away any time soon, regardless of whether COVID-19 ever gets under control. More importantly, how does one participate in Zoom meetings without worrying about embarrassment, tech problems or appearing as a kitten? In this segment, we’ll focus on Zoom and explain how the technology works, what you need to know, and what simple things you can do to upgrade your web meeting game. We’ll give you very specific recommendations for things you probably never thought you’d need to know to practice law such as web cameras, backdrops, microphones, and better lighting options. We’ll explain how virtual backgrounds work, the benefit of a “green screen,” and how to get the “computer audio” options to work for you.


National Speaker:

Barron K. Henley, Esq.

Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, Columbus, OH

He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law ("RPTE") Sections. He's also a former member of RPTE Futures Task Force, a former Board Member for the ABA TECHSHOW, and the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments. Barron is also an expert in launching new law firms, overhauling existing firms, and documenting and re-engineering law firm processes.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN • Premier Indiana CLE


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