Partner Amelia Sargent will present on the topic of “Practicing Remotely and Ethically: Do’s and Don’ts for In-House and Outside Counsel,” during the 2021 Legal Issues in Museum Administration (LIMA) virtual conference. This annual conference is attended by museum, library, and cultural institution professionals, and the lawyers who advise them, to stay current on important legal issues facing their organizations.
As COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented disruption to the workplace, working remotely has quickly become the new normal. But despite swapping your office for the dining room table (or your daily suit for yoga pants!), the Rules of Professional Responsibility haven’t changed. A lawyer must continue to represent their clients effectively “despite opposition, obstruction, or personal inconvenience to the lawyer.” Rule 1.3, cmt. 1.
Amelia will discuss the challenges working from home poses to the ethical responsibilities all attorneys face, including:
- Juggling work from home challenges with duties of diligence and communication;
- Technology and the duties of confidentiality and competence;
- Working from anywhere and the unauthorized or multijurisdictional practice of law; and
- Professionalism and civility rules during stressful times.
Amelia will address, among other rules, the ABA Model Rules 1.1 “Competence,” 1.3 “Diligence,” 1.4 “Communications,” 1.6 “Confidentiality,” 5.1 “Supervisory Lawyers,” and 5.5 “Unauthorized Practice of Law.” She will also discuss the ABA’s new civility guidelines, Guidelines for Litigation Conduct, and how those lessons can be applied to everyday lawyering.
The two-day program is hosted by American Law Institute’s (ALI) Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
Click here to learn more about the program and Amelia’s presentation.