Join us for the Squire Patton Boggs annual continuing legal education (CLE) program that explores ethics and professionalism issues through the lens of Steve Delchin’s uniquely themed movie productions. Featuring a special guest appearance from Texas lawyer and internet sensation Rod Ponton, the famous “Zoom Cat Lawyer.” Our 2021 program focuses on the topic of remote lawyering, which has fundamentally transformed the practice of law. You will be both educated and entertained as you learn about the ethics of working remotely and hear from our many speakers. Topics include:
- Ethical obligations in the context of remote lawyering
- Overview of the duty of technological competence, presented by the Zoom Cat Lawyer himself
- Practical advice on how to satisfy or exceed the duty of competence when using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx or similar videoconferencing applications
- Real-life examples of unprofessionalism during the pandemic
- How to supervise remote colleagues to avoid ethical violations
- Ethical consequences of using smart home technology such as Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri
- Do’s and don’ts for lawyers to practice virtually without engaging in the unauthorized practice of law when they are located in states in which they are not licensed
- How remote lawyering impacts diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession
The complimentary program is approved for 2.5 hours of Attorney Professional Conduct (Ethics and Professionalism) CLE credits in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA and TX. The program is pending CLE in IL, VA and WA. If you need CLE hours recognized in another jurisdiction, please email our legal training manager, Robin Hallagan.
Below are the instructions for receiving CLE (continuing legal education) credit hours for the Virtual Ethics program:
- Watch the program. You are not required to watch the entire program, but a minimum of 1.0 hour is mandatory to receive CLE credit.
- Write down the two (2) CLE affirmation codes that randomly will appear in the middle of the screen during the program. The codes only appear for 10 seconds on the screen, so please be alert when watching. You need the CLE codes to request CLE credit.
- Once you have finished viewing the program, please complete the Uniform Certificate of Attendance and Program Evaluation Form. This Form opens as a PDF and includes a “Submit” icon that will allow you to email the document directly to Robin Hallagan. Please include the date you finished the program. To submit the Form, you must use Internet Explorer. Alternatively, you may save the document to your computer and email the completed Form to Robin Hallagan.
- After your Form is verified, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Depending on your State, your regulator will be notified of your attendance or you will need to maintain the Certificate of Attendance for your records.
- In a 60-minute state, the program is approved for 2.5 hours of attorney professional conduct (ethics and professionalism). In a 50-minute state, the program is approved for 3.00 hours of ethics and professionalism.
- As a reminder for Ohio licensed lawyers whose last names begin with A-L, it is your reporting year and you must view the program by December 31, 2021.
Any CLE questions should be directed to Robin Hallagan, legal training manager.