Seminar Number

107514

 

CLE Hours:

6 CLE Hours Including
1 Ethics Hour and
1 Professionalism Hour

Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

CONVOCATION ON PROFESSIONALISM

Law Practice 2010 and Beyond:  Challenges and Opportunities

RECORDED NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Co-Sponsors:
Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

Sponsors:
SchiffHardin LLP;
Daily Report

Presiding:
Avarita L. Hanson, Executive Director, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Atlanta

Welcome and Program Overview
Avarita L. Hanson

Law Practice Today and Tomorrow:
Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator:
Hon. Robert Benham, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

  • The National Scenario
    Linda A. Klein, Chair, House of Delegates, American Bar Association; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., Atlanta
  • Georgia Facts and Trends
    S. Lester Tate, III, President, State Bar of Georgia; Akin & Tate, P.C., Cartersville

Generations of Lawyers: New Opportunities for Practice and Mentoring
With four generations of lawyers now practicing law, we look at age as an important aspect of diversity and inclusion. What are reasonable approaches for individuals, the judiciary and the organized bar for maturing lawyers aging while practicing law? How can lawyers and judges gray gracefully in the practice of law? How can individuals and the profession recognize diminished capacity and address the signs while continuing to practice competently and ethically? What inter-generational approaches can be taken as options for law practice?

Moderator:
Douglas G. Ashworth, Director, Transition into Law Practice Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Generational Analysis
    Susan Daicoff, Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL
  • Aging in the Practice of Law
    Robert Obst, Psy.D, Psychologist, Atlanta
    John T. Marshall, Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein LLP, Atlanta
  • New Opportunities
    Michael G. Geoffroy, President, Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia; The Geoffroy Firm LLC, Covington

The Economic Climate for Lawyering Today and Tomorrow
What do clients want? Where are lawyers needed? How can new lawyers enter the profession given their law school debt loads? What is the responsibility of law schools and the profession to incoming students and new lawyers with debt loads?

Moderator:
A. James Elliott, Professor, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta

  • New Lawyers and the Challenges of Law School Debt
    Allan J. Tanenbaum, Attorney at Law, Atlanta
  • The Responsibility of Law Schools and the Profession
    Gregory L. Riggs, Associate Dean for Student Services and Community Engagement, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
  • Serving the Underserved – Low and Moderate
    Income Clients

    Clark D. Cunningham, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta

Tribute Luncheon
Honoring CJCP Founder Chief Justice Harold Clarke (Retired)
The Hon. Carol W. Hunstein, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
Patrick E. Longan, Professor, Mercer University School of Law, Macon

Technology: How Can We Use it To Practice Law?

Moderator:
Damon E. Elmore, Attorney, NAPA Rayloc, Atlanta

  • Virtual Law Practice
    Stephanie L. Kimbro, Kimbro Legal Services, Wilmington, NC
  • Social Media
    Catherine Sanders Reach, M.L.I.S., Legal Technology
    Resource Center, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL

Technology: How Can We Ethically and Professionally Use It?
As lawyers and clients increase their use of technology to practice law, how can or should they do so ethically and professionally? What ethical rules apply? How have the ethical rules been enforced when technological use causes a lawyer to overstep boundaries? Are there competing interests of serving clients and the public, engaging in pro bono and community service when using available technology?

A Roundtable Interactive Discussion

Moderator:
Steven K. Leibel, Steven Leibel, P.C., Dahlonega

  • Counseling Clients and Pro Bono Service
    J. Thomas Morgan, III, Attorney at Law, Decatur
  • Practicing Across Borders and Unlicensed Practice
    Michael B. Terry, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP, Atlanta
  • The Ethics of It
    Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

What Can We Do?
Moderator:
A. James Elliott

Brainstorming using electronic audience response technology