Ethics, Civility & Professionalism Symposium


Join the MSBA on Day 4 of the MSBA Legal Excellence Week for an all new Ethics, Civility & Professionalism Symposium on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:00 am!

Civility is a core element of attorney professionalism, and makes the practice more enjoyable for the attorney, more efficient for the client, and enables the justice system to operate more effectively. Join experienced faculty, including Bar Counsel Lydia Lawless, who will discuss the impact of implicit bias and more, to a transactional attorney answering the question “who’s my client” in multi-party deals, to common (and new) challenges faced by estate planning attorneys in their day to day practice. The day will close with a plenary session from attorney and improvisational talent Joey Novick, who will demonstrate how improv skills can help attorneys in trial, mediation and business transactions. Explore these important topics and how to optimize the experience of practicing law for all involved with a focus on civility and professionalism.

More details and an agenda are coming soon, at least 5 ethics credits with the surrounding MCLE states will be offered.

With the Legal Excellence Weekly Pass, you can attend one program, or all programs, in person or virtually, with nearly 40 hours of Learning and Accredited CLE. Plus you can access all programs on-demand for 90 days after the event! See details and savings HERE. Legal Excellence Week is free for Passport Members!

COVID Guidelines & Protocols

The MSBA is committed to holding a safe event for all participants, and is following all CDC, Federal, State, and Local regulations, as well as venue requirements.  As of today, the MSBA encourages attendees to be vaccinated as the CDC notes this is the best way to avoid contracting COVID and preventing serious disease. 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, faculty or attendees that have tested positive for COVID within 5 days of their in-person presentation, are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID, including fever, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, should not attend the in-person event. If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID within the ten days prior to LEW but are symptom free per the above criteria, we ask you to mask while in the venue. 

These guidelines may change if the CDC or other agencies, or the venue noted above change their recommendations.

Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
General Practice
Law Office Management
New Members
Young Lawyers
Estate and Trust Law
Business Law
CLE Field of Study
Regulatory Ethics
Continuing Education Legal Credit
Live! Casino and Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076 US
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Event Information
Nov 18, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Live! Casino and Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076 US
Total CLE Credits
In-Person + Webcast Live


Day 1

9:00 am
Bias & Prejudice and the Rules of Professional Conduct

Lydia E. Lawless, Esq., Bar Counsel, Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission

10:00 am
10:15 am
Who is My Client - Navigating Tips for Transactional Lawyers

Jennifer M. Brennan, Esq., J.M. Brennan Law, L.L.C.

11:15 am
11:30 am
Ethics for Estate Planning Lawyers

Adam M. Spence. Esq., Spence & Brierley

12:30 pm
1:45 pm
Rising Ethical Issues Around the Duty of Tech Competence (IN-PERSON ONLY)

Al Frederick, Eccleston & Wolf

The Evolving Ethics of Law Firm Cybersecurity: Practical and Budget-Friendly Tips (VIRTUAL ONLY)

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Closing Plenary Session

Joey Novick – The Improvisational Lawyer


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