A forum providing the perspectives of in-house counsel and private practice attorneys as they grapple with the new challenges of practicing law during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Ethical issues to be examined include holding client consultations via Zoom and handling confidential documents in a virtual and ever-moving environment, among others. Technology issues may include purchasing sophisticated systems that can be accessible by even small or mid-sized firms, along with security protocols and procedures to help minimize risk and violations of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct, among others. Life Balance issues to be reviewed will include the unique challenges associated with working from home long term, especially with other family members doing the same, along with strategies to help improve work-life balance. Many of these changes that evolved during the health crisis may be here to stay, so securing the proper technology systems and training in place now can help practitioners achieve success.
One hour of ethics credit will be offered to the surrounding MCLE states.