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Ethics from the Trenches for Law Firms

Practical techniques to avoid malpractice claims

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    Lawyers and law firms facing legal malpractice or bar discipline claims can become hyper-focused on defense. But when not embroiled in defending a claim, most law firms know that prevention is the key to avoiding claims and ethical problems. For that reason, more and more firms are devoting resources to ethics training and loss prevention. But are these resources enough?

    The problem with ethics training is that—however well-intentioned—it must focus on the real world situations that lawyers and law firms face. And no one knows better what causes a malpractice claim or ethics complaint than legal malpractice defense counsel and lawyers who defend other lawyers before the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO).

    This highly-experienced panel of malpractice defense counsel and lawyers who practice before the BBO, including a former chair of the BBO, provide real-world examples of how and why lawyers get in trouble. They share their experiences “from the trenches” and highlight practical tips and techniques to avoid malpractice claims.

    Defending against malpractice claims or ethics complaints has both an economic and psychological impact. When it comes to malpractice, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. This program is a must-attend for law firm management, in-house counsel, and risk management counsel for firms of all sizes.

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    • 2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

      Welcome and Introduction

      Hon. Debra A. Squires-Lee, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 2:05 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

      Client Intake, Conflicts & Termination

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    • a. Client Intake & Selection: Traps & Risks for the Unwary

    • b. Conflicts, Conflicts, Conflicts: Why Do Lawyers Still Get it Wrong?

    • c. Termination Issues: How to Avoid a Bad Breakup

    • 2:55 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

      Client Communications, Client Funds & Zealous Advocacy

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      Hon. Debra A. Squires-Lee, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • a. Communication: Fulfilling Your Duty to Communicate is the Key to Loss Prevent

    • b. Client Funds & the BBO: From IOLTA Accounts to Overbilling

    • c. Zealous Advocacy & Potential Pitfalls

    • 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      Networking and Refreshment Break

    • 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

      Attorney Supervision & Attorney Mental Health

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      Mary B. Strother, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • a. Supervision: What Does It Mean that Law Firms Have a Duty to Oversee Associates, Paralegals & Contractors?

    • b. Drugs, Alcohol & Depression: Issues that Law Firms Cannot Ignore

    • 4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

      "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

      Panel

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    Chair

    Hon. Debra A. Squires-Lee, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston

    Faculty

    Christopher R. Blazejewski, Esq., Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston
    Mary B. Strother, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
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