Technology Ethics for Lawyers


CLE credits earned: 2 ETHICS / TECHNOLOGY

Many lawyers may be unfamiliar with the nuances and requirements of technology essential to comply with the lawyer ethics rules in our digital world. There are many hidden dangers in frequently used tools and platforms, including e-mail, social media and storing client and other confidential information digitally on offsite internet servers.

Lawyers and law firms are also prime targets of hackers; therefore, all lawyers must be vigilant in protecting client data and firm/department technology and resources. This information is critical for lawyers to engage in proper risk management in various technology contexts.

This seminar presentation will provide important information to assist lawyers in identifying and avoiding or minimizing the risks related to technology, many of which the lawyer may not be aware. The presentation will also provide suggested solutions and best practices.

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

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Bar Rules
•   Bar Ethics Opinions
•   Practice Over the Internet- Solicitation Rules and Disclaimers as to Legal Advice and Confidentiality
•   Use of “Expert” and “Specialist” in Lawyer Communications and Advertising
•   Use of “Expert” in Law Firm Domain Name
•   Communication with Others, Including Jurors

Date / Time: December 19, 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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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: August 30, 2019

Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esq. Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A. Joseph A. Corsmeier is an “AV” rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he has testified as an expert in both the federal and Florida courts. Mr. Corsmeier served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where he prosecuted felonies exclusively from June 1987, and as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar’s Department of Lawyer Regulation from 1990 to 1998. He also represents police officers as counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Mr. Corsmeier is the author of numerous articles for many bar publications, he has spoken at numerous local and statewide seminars on various topics, including ethics and professionalism. He was an instructor of paralegal ethics at the Rollins College Tampa campus until it closed in 1996 and he is currently an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College teaching paralegal ethics. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Mercer University. Mr. Corsmeier is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.

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Section I. Bar Rules

Section II. Bar Ethics Opinions
a) Technology and Ethics and E-Portal Filing: Risks to Lawyers and how to Address Them
b) Electronic File Storage and Maintenance
c) Cloud Computing
        i. Bar Rules
        ii. Ethics Opinions
d) Outsourcing and Protection of Client Confidentiality
e) Mobility/Travel Tips, including Privacy Screens and Open Wi-Fi
f) Digital Storage Devices
g) Email Ethical Issues, including Bcc’s, Reply-All and Metadata Scrubbing Metadata
h) Social Media Ethics Issues- Facebook etc. and Avoiding Client Spoliation and the Consequences
i) Use of Expert and Specialist in Advertising
j) Receipt and Handling of unsolicited e-mail information on website

Section III. Practice Over the Internet- Solicitation Rules and Disclaimers as to Legal Advice and Confidentiality

Section IV. Use of “Expert” and “Specialist” in Lawyer Communications and Advertising

Section V. Use of “Expert” in Law Firm Domain Name

Section VI. Communication with Others, Including Jurors