Continuing Legal Education

Professional Responsibility and Ethics - Spring 2017

March 29, 2017
12:50 – 5:00 p.m.
3.75 MCLE hours, including 3.75 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)
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Learn how to address ethical issues as they arise and prevent ethical infractions in the future!

Ethics is a complex area of the law. Join us as our ethics experts provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and address current developments/updates in the law of ethics. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • What’s protected under the Client Confidentiality rule, as well as exceptions to the rule;
  • How to avoid confidentiality infractions in your communications;
  • How being tech savvy fits into your duty to maintain competence;
  • The resources and clinical services offered by the Lawyers’ Assistance Program;
  • The signs and risks of impairment; and
  • Much more.

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Mary Anne Gerstner, Law Offices Gerstner & Gerstner, Chicago


NOTE: Beginning in 2017, your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



12:50 – 1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Mary Anne Gerstner
, Law Offices Gerstner & Gerstner, Chicago

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Client Confidentiality under Rule 1.6*
Rule 1.6 regarding Client Confidentiality is much broader than many lawyers may realize. Join us for an in-depth look at what’s protected under this rule, what you cannot reveal without your client’s consent, the exceptions to this rule, and how to prevent unwitting violations of the rule in your communications.
Edward W. Feldman, Miller Shakman & Beem LLP, Chicago

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  A Debate: How Tech Savvy Do You Need To Be To Meet the Supreme Court’s New Ethics Requirement?*
The Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct recognizes that part of a lawyer’s duty to maintain competence includes keeping abreast of the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. This presentation explores this requirement and offers an entertaining (and insightful) debate on what attorneys must do to comply. Aaron will argue that attorneys must be personally familiar with the functionality and security of the technology they use regarding client information. Todd will argue that Aaron is a computer geek, paper is King, and law and microchips should never mix. Topics include: computer security, cloud technology, and other current issues associated with the use of technology.
Aaron W. Brooks, HolmstromKennedy P.C., Rockford

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.  Rules of Professional Conduct: An Overview*
This comprehensive overview uses hypothetical scenarios to examine the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Champ W. Davis, Jr., Davis McGrath LLC, Chicago

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  The Lawyers’ Assistance Program and Updates on Professional Responsibility*

  • The Lawyers’ Assistance Program – Get the information you need about the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, including its history, structure, and available services. The discussion includes: issues that are frequently presented to LAP; signs of impairment (substance abuse, mental health issues, stress, depression, and anxiety); and issues with the aging attorney.
    Hon. James M. Radcliffe, III (Ret.), Associate Director of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Belleville
  • Updates on Professional Responsibility – This portion of the segment discusses updates on professional responsibility issues with an emphasis on issues regarding winding up and transferring law practices.
    Peter L. Rotskoff, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Springfield

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Referring Colleagues to LAP*
Learn how to identify substance abuse and mental health issues, and refer colleagues to the Lawyers’ Assistance Program with this informative segment.
Tony Pacione, Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Chicago