April 30, 2018

ABA Law Practice Division to host spring meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., May 16-19

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2018 —  Solo and small firm technology, preparing for and recovering from disasters and ethics of multi-jurisdictional lawyers are among a wide range of topics to be discussed during the American Bar Association Law Practice Division’s 2018 LP Spring Meeting, May 16-19, in Santa Fe, N.M.

What:        
2018 LP Spring Meeting
Sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Division                      

When:       
May 16-19, 2018    

Where:      
Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, N.M.  87501

Friday program highlights include:

9:15 a.m.: “The Evolution of Technology in a Solo and Small Firm” — This panel will discuss how solo and small firms can utilize technology to be more efficient and provide better client service. Topics will include strategies for moving to the cloud, the evolution of fee-based to free legal research, software products that can help systematize the way you practice and interesting and unique ways to use artificial intelligence.

10:30 a.m.: “Fierce Not Frazzled: Resilience Training for Lawyers to Ensure Mental & Emotional Fitness” — Workplace stress significantly increases lawyers’ risk of depression, anxiety, burnout, alcohol abuse and cognitive impairment — all of which can affect lawyers’ well-being and quality of work.

Panelists will discuss lawyers’ well-being and how to maintain fitness to practice and to avoid running afoul of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

2:15 p.m.: “The Ethics of Virtual and Multi-Jurisdictional Lawyering” —With a virtual practice, one can appear everywhere equally, opening a practice to opportunities of a multi-jurisdictional practice across state lines. But with that opportunity comes a patchwork of inconsistent and widely varying ethics rules that could jeopardize the lawyer’s law license without the right research, planning and practice limitations. This panel will discuss how to work virtually within the bounds of the ethics rules, focusing on the current advertising and solicitation rules and impending changes.

3:30 p.m.: “Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters: What Lawyers Need to Know” — Lawyers and law firms have been tested sorely in the recent past by hurricanes, fires and floods. Panelists will discuss real stories of disasters affecting law firms and how the firms recovered and offer solid and practical tips to help them prepare for and recover from disasters, both natural and man-made.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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