Continuing Legal Education

Corporate Legal Ethics

April 12, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
4.00 MCLE hours, including 4.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Enhance your understanding of the issues surrounding corporate ethics!

Understanding the issues surrounding corporate ethics is vital in today’s climate. This half-day seminar offers you the updates you need regarding recent developments in corporate law ethics, including a look at attorney-client privilege, outsourcing, and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. The program is designed for a diverse audience with all levels of practice experience, including in-house lawyers, corporate attorneys, and solo practitioners. Attorneys attending this seminar will better understand:

  • The ethical issues associated with e-discovery;
  • The pro bono opportunities available for corporate law attorneys;
  • The recent developments and future trends in professional responsibility;
  • The ethical issues and concerns involved with the use of social media by employees and in-house counsel; and
  • Incorporating the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct into the in-house counsel’s practice.

Program Coordinators:
Megan M. Green
, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington
Steven G. Pietrick, Stone & Johnson Chtd., Mt. Prospect

Program Moderator:
Megan M. Green, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington

Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Ethics in e-Discovery: An Update on Recent Activity*
Join us for this in-depth analysis of the ethical issues associated with e-discovery, including: hold letters; document retention policy; predictive coding; negotiating the parameters of production with opposing counsel; handling the inadvertent production of privileged materials; accessing employees’ “personal” devices to identify material information; and the lessons learned from the Qualcomm decision.
Debra R. Bernard, Perkins Coie, LLP, Chicago

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Social Networking: An Ethical Issues Update*
The ethical issues arising from the use of social media in the workplace continues to evolve at a rapid pace. With significant decisions being made by the courts, groundbreaking legislation taking place, and increased regulatory oversights, it is imperative that attorneys stay up to date on this important topic. This segment offers an update on the various developments that have taken place in the past year and examines the ethical issues involved with using social media as it relates to all aspects of corporate counseling, including its use by employees and in-house counsel.
Gregory G. Thiess, Robert Bosch, LLC, Broadview

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Ethical Issues with a Multijurisdictional Practice*
This comprehensive overview examines the effects of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct on the multijurisdictional practice of corporate lawyers, including the scope of permissible advice, licensure and practice restrictions, and pro bono opportunities available to attorneys practicing in the corporate law arena. A look at the recent developments affecting corporate lawyers and the future trends in professional responsibility is also included.
Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, St. Louis

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  In-House Attorneys and Professional Conduct*
This presentation provides an overview of how corporate law departments address issues of civility, professionalism and diversity, and how they incorporate the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct in the in-house context.
Melissa A. Smart, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago