Broadcast Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


As the world of law continues to evolve, keeping up with the changes gets harder, particularly as they relate to the ethical standards lawyers need to uphold. Legal professionals are increasingly becoming more vulnerable to a myriad of ethical issues, especially those relating to new technologies.

Failing to comply could result in significant financial exposure and professional discipline. It is, therefore, imperative that they keep themselves abreast of the latest issues surrounding legal ethics and implement effective ethical practices to help them avoid potential missteps.

Join a panel of key thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group as they present an in-depth discussion of the best practices in ensuring lawyers’ compliance with ethics rules in the 2020 landscape. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze significant compliance challenges and offer expert insights on how to address them in this rapidly changing legal climate.

Key topics include:

  • Legal Ethics: Recent Developments
  • Common Ethical Issues
  • Ethics and New Technologies
  • Compliance Challenges
  • Best Ethical Strategies


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Abraham C. Reich, Partner / Chair Emeritus
Fox Rothschild LLP

Abe Reich is Chair Emeritus of Fox Rothschild LLP, and a member of its Litigation Department.  In 1995, Abe was Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Abe is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an active trial lawyer, who is involved in all aspects of business disputes, including disputes between and among lawyers and law firms. He regularly writes and lectures on matters involving trial practice and legal ethics and professional responsibility. For the last fifteen years, Abe has taught a course, Ethics and Advocacy – From the Boardroom to the Courtroom, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

D. Culver Smith III, Shareholder
Culver Smith III, P.A.

D. Culver “Skip” Smith III counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others on ethics, professional responsibility, professional disciplinary proceedings, disqualification and sanctions motions, malpractice, and loss prevention.  He also serves as an expert witness in litigation involving such matters.  In addition, he counsels and represents applicants for admission to the bar.  He provides more than forty years of experience in the field.  Mr. Smith is a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and served two terms on The Florida Bar Board of Governors.  He is a member of The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee (which issues advisory ethics opinions) and twice served as its chairperson.  He has written and lectured extensively on lawyer ethics and professional responsibility.

Ellen C. Brotman, Attorney

Ms. Brotman is the founder of BrotmanLaw in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her practice focuses on professional responsibility, and ethics, investigations, white collar criminal defense and appellate advocacy. Ms. Brotman has represented lawyers before the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania for over 20 years and has defended a wide variety of criminal cases, including political and public corruption, corporate securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, currency structuring and other white-collar crimes involving complex trial, sentencing and appellate issues. From 1995 to 1998, as an assistant federal defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Ms. Brotman provided criminal defense for indigent clients in federal court at trial and appellate levels. Before coming to Philadelphia, she served as a law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

She can be reached at [email protected] or


Abraham C. ReichPartner / Chair Emeritus

Fox Rothschild LLP

  • Legal Advertising:  Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
    • The ABA Amendments to the Model Rules in August 2018.
    • State Developments.
  • Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firm Prohibited – But for How Long?
  • Conflicts of Interest: Is There A Way to Avoid Their Hampering Your Practice?
    • Waivers
    • Prospective Waivers
    • Affiliated Companies

D. Culver Smith IIIShareholder

Culver Smith III, P.A.

  • Lawyers leaving law firms—ethical and professional obligations (drawing on recent ABA Formal Opinion 489 and some selected state-bar rules).
  • Responding to negative online reviews.
  • When is a friendship or other relationship with opposing counsel a conflict of interest?

Ellen C. BrotmanAttorney


  • conflicts in pool representation during internal investigations and governmental corporate investigations (NYC Bar Opinion attached)
  • The use of government taint teams to review for attorney-client privileged documents in investigations see: 942 F.3d 159 (4th Cir. 2019)
  • The inclusion of discrimination as a basis for a finding of misconduct in Rule 8.4(g) – what states have adopted it and what are its potential uses and limits?

Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • ­Lawyers
  • Legal Assistants
  • ­Paralegals
  • ­Law Office Managers


Abraham C. ReichPartner / Chair Emeritus
Fox Rothschild LLP
D. Culver Smith IIIShareholder
Culver Smith III, P.A.
Ellen C. BrotmanAttorney



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