The Virtual Verdict: Ethical Responsibilities of Attorneys in Remote Work Settings

Webinar

Attorneys in Remote Work

About This Webinar

In 2020, a large number of office workers were forced to start working remotely, disrupting the traditional way of conducting business. The growing pains of learning how to use Zoom and collaborate at a distance were soon replaced by an appreciation for the flexibility WFH provides, which has been demonstrated to sustain the quality of work, productivity, and number of billable hours. In 2023, health concerns no longer drive remote work, and yet only 30% of attorneys work at the office full time. The rest either work entirely remotely or with hybrid schedules, often appreciating the reduced effort and cost of commuting and better ability to enforce a healthy work-life balance. While remote work is not perfect, and some miss the formerly convivial environment of packed offices, some degree of work from home is here to stay. As such, attorneys will find this course a helpful guide for upholding ethical standards when working from home, while being aware of how their actions regarding the privacy and security of information.

In this seminar, our expert panelists begin by discussing the state of work-from-home today, after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ethical concerns it provokes for attorneys. Next, our speakers dive into the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Opinion on Remote Work and each of the relevant Model Rules of Professional Conduct. These ethical concerns include competence, communication with clients, and confidentiality.  Our experts conclude by reviewing the best practices for attorneys to follow when working from home to upload ethical standards and some key takeaways going forward.

Topics covered in this webinar:   

  1. Work From Home Today
  1. Bar Association Opinion and Ethical Rules on Remote Work
  1. Best Practices for Working From Home

Speakers:

  • Daniel B. Garrie, Esq.
    • Founder, Law & Forensics
    • Neutral, JAMS
    • Faculty, Harvard University
  • Hon. James Orenstein
    • Neutral, JAMS
  • Diana Burley, Ph.D.
    • Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, American University

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