Legal Ethics Online: New Rules and Trends


CLE credits earned: 2 ETHICS

Attorneys have a duty to be technically competent and to understand how technology impacts the practice of law. What this means is constantly evolving.  In this course, attorneys can expect to discuss the most relevant confidentiality, competency, and advertising-related issues attorneys grapple with in the online environment. This includes, among other things, cybersecurity obligations to protect client information, ethical issues associated with preservation of electronic data, and ethical conduct in the online space.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The Ethics of Cybersecurity
•   Confidentiality Implications of Email, Messaging, and the Cloud
•   Ethically Participating in the Online Ecosystem

Date / Time: February 1, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: November 6, 2018

Adrienne Fowler, Esq. is a partner with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, where she practices privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection law in the technology and telecommunications spheres. She advocates on behalf of clients for a sensible approach to the regulatory treatment of tech and telecom companies’ practices, and assists clients in complying with relevant laws and regulations. Adrienne also represents tech and telecom clients in government investigations and litigation related to alleged violations of privacy, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and accessibility laws and regulations. She is also the Symposium Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law.

Before entering private practice, Adrienne was a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, where she brought civil and criminal consumer-protection enforcement actions and represented the Federal Trade Commission in privacy and data security related actions. She also served a judicial clerk to the Hon. Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Adrienne received her legal education at the University of Michigan, magna cum laude. She was a member of the Order of the Coif and Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review.

Adrienne speaks and writes regularly on privacy, data security, and regulatory compliance in the online ecosystem.

Lauren Snyder, Esq. is an attorney with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she practices litigation and legal ethics and malpractice law.

Prior to joining Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Ms. Snyder was an associate at a well‐respected international law firm, where her practice primarily focused on litigation and regulatory antitrust matters, as well as client counseling.

Ms. Snyder received her J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of The George Washington Law Review. While in law school, she served as a legal intern for the Victim Witness Assistance Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Ms. Snyder received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

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Section I: Top Confidentiality Issues Attorneys Face Today
a) Cybersecurity obligations under Formal Opinion 477
b) Practical considerations for what constitutes “reasonable” cybersecurity for attorneys
c) Metadata and confidentiality
d) Recent ethics opinions on use of email
e) Use of alternative communication mechanisms (texting, over-the-top messaging services such as WhatsApp and Signal, video conferencing)
f) Cloud-based support services and onward transfer of client information

Section II: Ethical Conduct in the Online Space
a) The proposed model rule on attorney advertising online
b) The use of online referral sources
c) Social media
d) Attorneys blogging and recent Formal Opinion 480
e) Client testimonials
f) Ethics implications of current trends in attorney use of social media