Overview (Program Summary)
9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Session I (Cozen O'Connor)
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – BREAK
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Session II (Ballard Spahr)
Session I — Winter Primer: Ethics Issues for In-house Lawyers…The Gift that Keeps on Giving
In-house counsel face issues relating to conflicts and ethics on a daily basis – some with which they contend regularly and others which they may merely brush up against. With the evolving nature of the professional responsibility and ethics field, it is important to stay abreast of new developments in order to identify and address issues as they arise, as well as to take measures to guard against more systematic problems. The panel will provide insight and advise on some of the more prevalent issues confronting in-house counsel as well as share best practices supported by the Rules of Professional Conduct and recent case law. As part of the discussion, the panel will address ethical issues for lawyers with dual roles in a company and will cover and the multi-jurisdictional practice of law in light of remote work and in-house practitioner licenses. They will provide considerations for in-house counsel in protecting privilege and work-product, including what happens when an in-house lawyer is a witness, and guidance on what to do when conflicts arise within your company, such as how to advise employees in a personal capacity and represent affiliates in transactions with the parent corporation. Lastly, they will address the ethical issues that in-house counsel must consider when they conduct an internal investigation or use the results, as well as the increase in using non-lawyer experts in light of the expansion of technology, including cloud services, cross-border data arrangements, and bring-your-own device policies.
Session II — Cancel Culture at Work: Best Ethical Practices and Practical Tips to Reduce Risks Related to Employee Speech
The CEO was tagged in an after-hours post from employees criticizing the lack of action on a social issue. What can the company do next? Join a discussion about the ethical issues to consider and the potential legal claims a company may face when employees speak out, either at work or online. This webinar will offer best practices consistent with ethical rules and labor laws, and outline tips to avoid the speech-based civil claims that can arise in both corporate and public forums.
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Rhonda M. Fulginiti, Counsel, Cozen O'Connor
Sarah Sweeney, Counsel, Cozen O'Connor
Deborah Winokur, Counsel, Cozen O'Connor
Teena Amador, Legal Counsel, LifeScan Global Corporation
Meredith S. Dante, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Kaitlin M. Gurney, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Alexandra Bak-Boychuk, Vice President, Employee Relations & Compliance, Airgas