Client and Public Protection Highlights

2021

June

The Committee hosted the 36th National Client Protection Forum as a virtual event on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Forum was held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility. Attendance at the Forum was approximately 88 people, an increase over the average attendance for the traditional live event.  Session topics included Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs, and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee looks forward to resuming next year’s Forum as a live event in Baltimore, MD in 2022. 

The Committee held its formal meeting on June 11, 2021. The Committee discussed the success of Forum, voted in favor of supporting several Resolutions from other CPR entities which will be introduced at this summer’s Annual meeting, and set an action items agenda for several upcoming projects. This was the last meeting for Committee members Minerva Elizaga and Michael Larson, who have both served three years on the Committee and will be rotating off at the end of the 2020-2021 term. Their work for and dedication to the Public Protection Committee is much appreciated and they will be deeply missed.

The Committee continued collecting responses for the 2021 Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection. The Committee has accepted NCPO’s offer to assist with reaching out to programs in hopes of gathering more responses and is grateful for their support of this important project. 

May

The Committee distributed and has begun collecting responses to its 2021 Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection. The PPPLS Committee receives regular inquiries from fund administrators, trustees, and board members for comparative statistics on the salaries paid to administrators of lawyers’ funds for client protection. The Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection was undertaken to respond to those inquiries and to assist jurisdictions in maintaining and improving the compensation of fund administrators. Lawyers’ funds for client protection that offer competitive compensation to their administrators will be better able to attract and retain competent professionals. 

Planning continued for the 36th National Client Protection Forum hosted by the Public Protection Committee. The Committee held several planning committee meetings with scheduled speakers and panelists over the past month. The Forum will be a virtual event held on Friday, June 4, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, scheduled for June 2-4, 2021 and will also be a virtual event.   The Committee is hopeful that the tradition of hosting a live Forum will resume for the 2022 Forum in Baltimore but in the meantime, it is looking forward to bringing some exciting and innovative programming to 2021’s virtual format. Session topics will include innovations in Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee also plans to incorporate a virtual social/networking event into the Forum to preserve the interaction and camaraderie among colleagues that has long been an integral and treasured aspect of the event. Registration is now open on the Committee website.  

April

The Committee met to discuss the Comment draft Resolution and Report proposing amendments to modify the Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel put forth by the Standing Committee on Professional Regulation. The Committee voted in favor of the proposal and drafted a letter to the Regulation Committee Chair indicating its support.

The Committee distributed and has begun collecting responses to its 2021 Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection. The PPPLS Committee receives regular inquiries from fund administrators, trustees, and board members for comparative statistics on the salaries paid to administrators of lawyers’ funds for client protection. The Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection was undertaken to respond to those inquiries and to assist jurisdictions in maintaining and improving the compensation of fund administrators. Lawyers’ funds for client protection that offer competitive compensation to their administrators will be better able to attract and retain competent professionals. 

The Committee continued its work in planning for the 36th National Client Protection Forum holding several planning committee meetings with scheduled speakers and panelists over the past month. The Forum will be a virtual event held on Friday, June 4, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, scheduled for June 2-4, 2021 and will also be a virtual event.   The Committee is hopeful that the tradition of hosting a live Forum will resume for the 2022 Forum in Baltimore but in the meantime, it is looking forward to bringing some exciting and innovative programming to 2021’s virtual format. Session topics will include innovations in Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee also plans to incorporate a virtual social/networking event into the Forum to preserve the interaction and camaraderie among colleagues that has long been an integral and treasured aspect of the event. Registration is now open on the Committee website.  

March

The Committee worked on preparing reports and gathering materials to submit to the SCOPE Committee for its review earlier this month. The Committee members look forward to discussing their work and projects with members of the review Committee in the coming months.

The Committee prepared for release of its 2021 Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection. The PPPLS Committee receives regular inquiries from fund administrators, trustees, and board members for comparative statistics on the salaries paid to administrators of lawyers’ funds for client protection. The Salary Survey of Administrators of Lawyers’ Funds for Client Protection was undertaken to respond to those inquiries and to assist jurisdictions in maintaining and improving the compensation of fund administrators. Lawyers’ funds for client protection that offer competitive compensation to their administrators will be better able to attract and retain competent professionals. The Committee plans to distribute the Survey and begin collecting responses next month. 

The Committee continued its work in planning for the 36th National Client Protection Forum. The Forum will be a virtual event held on Friday, June 4, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, scheduled for June 2-4, 2021 and will also be a virtual event.   The Committee is hopeful that the tradition of hosting a live Forum will resume for the 2022 Forum in Baltimore but in the meantime, it is looking forward to bringing some exciting and innovative programming to 2021’s virtual format. Session topics will include innovations in Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee also plans to incorporate a virtual social/networking event into the Forum to preserve the interaction and camaraderie among colleagues that has long been an integral and treasured aspect of the event. Registration details will be available soon on the Committee and CPR website. 

February

The UPL subcommittee worked in developing a new resource for tracking UPL enforcement rules and entities in various jurisdictions. The Committee hope to have the resource up on its webpage by the end of the month.

The Committee continued its work in planning for the 36th National Client Protection Forum. The Forum will be a virtual event held on Friday, June 4, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, scheduled for June 2-4, 2021 and will also be a virtual event.   The Committee is hopeful that the tradition of hosting a live Forum will resume for the 2022 Forum in Baltimore but in the meantime, it is looking forward to bringing some exciting and innovative programming to 2021’s virtual format. Session topics will include innovations in Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee also plans to incorporate a virtual social/networking event into the Forum to preserve the interaction and camaraderie among colleagues that has long been an integral and treasured aspect of the event. Registration details will be available soon on the Committee and CPR website. 

January

The Committee published the results of the 2017-2019 Survey of Lawyer’s Funds for Client Protection. The Survey report was sent out to Fund administrators across the United States and Canada. It is also available on the Committee’s website. This publication compiled data from Lawyers’ Funds across the U.S. and Canada from 2017, 2018 and 2019 which can be broken down by region and used as a resource to spot emerging trends in client protection claims, determine the number of claims paid, and identify the similarities and differences in each state’s client protection fund and client protection rules. It remains an invaluable resource to the Client Protection Community.

The Committee continued its work in planning for the 36th National Client Protection Forum. The Forum will be a virtual event held on Friday, June 4, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, scheduled for June 2-4, 2021 and will also be a virtual event.   The Committee is hopeful that the tradition of hosting a live Forum will resume for the 2022 Forum in Baltimore but in the meantime, it is looking forward to bringing some exciting and innovative programming to 2021’s virtual format. Session topics will include innovations in Client Protection Fund claims processes, exploring and preparing for future successes and challenges, a program discussing Client Protection Funds and alternative legal service provider programs and a joint session with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The Committee also plans to incorporate a virtual social/networking event into the Forum to preserve the interaction and camaraderie among colleagues that has long been an integral and treasured aspect of the event. Registration details are now available on the Committee and CPR website.