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Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics & Elimination of Bias

May 18, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:45 PM CDT
Zoom Webinar
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Foulston's Corporate Counsel Series has been developed specifically for corporate counsel with the goal of assisting you in your responsibility to provide high-quality legal guidance to your organization. Join us for this webinar on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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RSVP required. This is a FREE seminar for corporate counsel. Enrollment is not available for attorneys in private practice without prior approval.

Topics

Navigating Real Rules of Legal Ethics in a Virtual World

Even when the rules don’t change, sometimes changed circumstances give us reason to think about the rules in a new or different way. Such is the case as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for what may be ahead. Our ethical duties as lawyers remain the same, but just about everything else seems different. Is working from home – or wherever – the new norm? Does it matter where we’re licensed if we can have a virtual presence anywhere? Do we really have to know how to use Zoom, and Teams, and Google Meet, and BlueJeans? This program will review key ethical considerations in light of the challenges brought about by the pandemic and the post-pandemic world. Other recent opinions and developments will be addressed as well. Topics will include the following:

  • Ethical considerations when working remotely, including use of technology, maintaining confidentiality, and supervision of staff and subordinate lawyers 
  • Considerations regarding multijurisdictional practice and unauthorized practice of law when working virtually 
  • Dealing with stress and wellbeing during a time of heightened anxiety 
  • Recognizing when a personal relationship may give rise to a conflict of interest 
  • Other recent cases and opinions addressing legal ethics and professional responsibility
  • Rules: 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5

Understanding Unconscious Bias and the Automatic Mind

Did you know that blind orchestra auditions, where the candidate performs behind a screen, increased the presence of women in U.S. orchestras from 5% to between 40% and 50%? Did you know that identical resumes with “typically white” names received 50% more callbacks for interviews than “typically black” names? Emerging research shows that unconscious bias can lead to unequal racial, gender, and other outcomes. And the research is clear – discriminatory implicit biases can impact our responses, even when the responding individual has egalitarian conscious views. This presentation will address:

  • Increasing your own awareness of automatic thoughts and responses through interactive activities and real-world examples
  • The impact unconscious bias can play on perception
  • Research-based strategies for combating implicit bias – both at the individual and institutional level
  • The importance of cultural competency
  • Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.4, 8.4
  • Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.1, 4-1.4, 4-8.4

Certification

This program has been approved for 3.0 total continuing legal education (CLE) hours for attorneys in Missouri, including 3.0 ethics hours and 1.0 elimination of bias hour. This program has been approved for 3.0 total CLE hours for attorneys in Kansas, including 3.0 ethics & professionalism hours. 

We will submit Kansas CLE credit for attendees who noted they need it in registration after verifying full-time attendance and participation in the live webinar session. Missouri is self-reporting. Due to the webinar format, attendees who wish to receive CLE credit must (1) attend the webinar's live presentation, (2) attend individually on their own device using the link received in registration, and (3) participate by answering the poll question or entering the chat code displayed during each hour of the program. Registrants who join the live webinar with a group or other person on a shared device are not eligible for CLE credit.

Presenters

Foulston Siefkin attorneys Holly Dyer, Jeremy Graber, Jeff Jordan, Jason Lacey, Sarah Otto, and Sarah Stula

For More Information

Contact lgolay@foulston.com or call 316.291.9723. 

We are pleased to offer our Corporate Counsel Series on ethics and other relevant topics throughout the year. If you are unable to join us for this session, please check back on our Corporate Counsel Series page for additional events.