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MSBA Mid-Year Meeting


Envisioning the future of our association

The Mid-Year Meeting gives MSBA members insight into where we’ve been & where we’re headed. This annual event offers in-person learning & networking opportunities as well as an opportunity to envision the future of our association, together.

Attendees will enjoy a complimentary luncheon and reception, as well as hear from MSBA Leadership about the “State of the MSBA” and participate in a Business Meeting.  The agenda for the business meeting includes a vote on recommended amendments to the MSBA Bylaws.  A copy of the current MSBA Bylaws, Proposed Bylaws (redline), and Proposed Bylaws (Clean) can be found on the MSBA website at:  MSBA.org/Bylaws.  All voting members of the MSBA are entitled to attend and vote at this complimentary event.

One Hour of CLE (including one hour ethics) credit will be offered to the surrounding MLCE states. 

Course Level
CLE Field of Study
Continuing Education Legal Credit
Regulatory Ethics
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814 US
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Feb 25, 2020
11:30 am - 3:00 pm EST
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814 US
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

11:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
12:00 pm
Complimentary Luncheon, State of the MSBA report by MSBA President, Dana O. Williams, Esq., and Executive Director, Victor Velazquez, and Business Meeting to include a vote on recommended amendments to the MSBA Bylaws.
1:15 pm
Complimentary CLE (Choose between Ethics, Electronically Stored Information, and Cybersecurity)
1:15 pm
Inside-Out Security: Data Loss Prevention as the New Security Frontier
Dale Tuttle

Cyber-security has always focused on preventing intruders from getting into your systems from the outside. First and foremost, IT departments are traditionally focused (probably obsessed) on keeping the bad guys out (think of all the Ransomware attacks in the news).  While that is a constant and legitimate worry, it is also important to remember you have to protect and control the data and content you already have (known as data loss prevention). Both the accidental and intentional loss of data and content originating from inside your organization is an under-appreciated security issue for most firms. In this session you’ll learn why data loss prevention is so important and how to take practical steps to implement data loss prevention measures at your firm. This will include an overview of some of the latest business tools to improve the control and security of your firm’s data and content.

1:15 pm
E-Discovery 2020: We Have New Collaboration Tools and “Internet of Things” Devices – But the Same Discovery Rules Still Apply (and they apply to celebrities as well!)
Diane Kilcoyne
  • From Prince’s estate, to Tom Brady, to members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the courts are not forgiving electronic evidence destruction; rather they are making it (purple) rain sanctions.
  • Email is not yet going the way of the dodo, but the new third-party communication tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams are becoming the most common way for employees to communicate.  Learn what you need to know about preserving and discovery of these types of data.
1:15 pm
Ethical Billing: How to Bill without Getting Burned
Erin McCartney

One of the many challenges in law firm management is legal billing. Clients can avoid or delay paying legal bills for a number of reasons. Clients may disagree with the amount charged or may be confused about the billing agreement or the work performed. That is why it is important to implement client centric billing processes, which can also help avoid potential fee disputes down the road. Join speaker Erin McCartney, J.D. while she discusses legal billing tips that can help your firm establish more efficient and client-friendly billing practices.

2:15 pm
Closing Reception


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