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Ethics Video - Reputation at Risk

An effective teaching tool designed for use by law firm general counsel, risk management and loss control partners, and ethics counsel. Story vignettes are based on real professional liability claims, professional discipline complaints, and other reputation-threatening events from within law firms. 




Legal Management Resources LLC ("LMR") operates two roundtables for Law Firm General Counsel - one for large firms and another for mid-sized firms.

The large firm roundtable was established in 2003 and currently has 40 active law firm members.  The mid-sized roundtable was formed in 2006 and currently has 18 member firms.  The large firm roundtable meets three times a year, and the mid-sized firm roundtable meets twice a year.

Programs at past meetings of the roundtables have featured a very wide range of risk-related topics, including the following:

-- Risk issues relating to the disaggregation of legal representations

-- Proposal for protocol among firms regarding the exchange of information on lateral candidates

-- Controlling settlements: the tug-of-war between firms and their insurance carriers

-- Effective use of crisis communications

-- Privacy issues impacting global law firms

-- Managing litigation risks through the centralization of discovery functions

-- Creating cultures for successful risk management in law firms

-- Potential liabilities for law firms arising from the stock option back-dating cases

-- Potential liability associated with "family responsibilities discrimination" claims

-- Managing the risks of technology and electronic discovery

-- Arbitration agreements for law firm employees

-- Defining the scope of the in-house privilege

-- Risks arising from malicious prosecution and abuse of process charges

-- Risks of lawyers serving as corporate directors

-- Discussion of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP v. Fashion Boutique of Short Hills, Inc.

-- Challenges of electronic discovery

-- Special risk issues in law firm secondments

-- Special risk issues impacting IP practices

-- Discussion of EEOC v. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

-- Changing regulatory attitudes toward lawyers and law firms

-- Firm practices re engagement agreements

-- Firm responses to auditors' letters

-- Technology risk management from a CIO's perspective

-- Risk of representing clients in "deepening insolvency" situations

-- Failure to supervise as potential grounds for claims against law firm managers

-- Risk of changing fee arrangements in mid-representation

-- Ethical and practical issues re waivers of future conflicts

-- Risk management considerations in outsourcing

-- Developments in third-party liability as it impacts on law firms

-- Risks of recruiting laterals from troubled firms

-- Law firms and securities fraud

-- Rules of attorney-client privilege in the EU

-- Law firm organizational structures – challenges for global practice

-- Data privacy and security risks at law firms

-- Peer review as a tool for quality control and risk management

-- Effectiveness of ethical screens in light of Kirk v. First American Title Ins. Co.

-- Law firm debt offerings – a new form of financing law firm activities?

-- Potential risks to law firm pension plans and other retirement arrangements – fallout   

    from EEOC v. Kelly Drye & Warren

-- Implementation of anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism guidelines

-- Records retention systems and policies

-- Maximizing technology to streamline the business intake process

-- Internal audit function as a risk management tool

-- Addressing data certification demands of clients

-- Protecting against the risks of social networking

-- Dealing with Jewell v. Boxer claims

-- Understanding the new regulations for law firms in the UK

-- The emerging role of the law firm chief risk officer

-- The impact of lawyer personalities on risk management

Membership in the roundtables is by application.  Annual subscription fees apply.

If you are interested in further information please contact our Program Director, Jennifer Jones, at or click here.


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