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Surviving the Pandemic:
Making your small firm "pandemic proof" and what our firms might look like after surviving the last year
A panel of local attorneys will share ideas and proven methods of maintaining a steady and growing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss local resources, innovative business ideas, and new technology specifically intended for solo and small firms.
1 Substantive Credit
Everything Small to Mid-Size Law Firms Need to Know about Malpractice Insurance and Cyber Insurance
Speaker: Mark Lefever, Vice President of Sales & Client Management at USI Affinity
Selecting malpractice coverage is important for lawyers in a firm of any size. How much coverage is needed? How much should it cost? How does the cost of defense affect the premium and coverage? How can a fee dispute affect coverage? What happens if the lawyer changes providers? This informative program will explore topics and issues such as where malpractice claims originate, malpractice insurance policies, how to determine appropriate coverage, and selecting a carrier, policy, and broker. We will discuss insurance issues surrounding the pandemic. Also, we will discuss how a firm can protect itself against a Cyber Attack and how to be prepared when a cyber attack does occur. Lastly, we will discuss what Cyber Insurance covers for a law firm and what it does not cover.
1 Ethics Credit
Integrating Well-being Into Lawyer Development:
Building Support, Designing a Program for Your Firm, and Evolving with the Times
In January 2019, Penn Law School launched a pilot program to integrate a session on the connection between lawyer well-being and the ethical obligation lawyers owe to their clients into every professional responsibility class in the Law School’s upper-level course offerings. The program was launched in response to series of 2017 recommendations from the American Bar Association, which addressed the burgeoning levels of stress, depression, and substance abuse within the legal profession. The ABA report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” announced the formation of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being, and quoted former ABA president David R. Brink, saying: “Lawyers, judges and law students are faced with an increasingly competitive and stressful profession. Studies show that substance use, addiction and mental disorders, including depression and thoughts of suicide — often unrecognized — are at shockingly high rates.”
Developed by Jennifer Leonard L’04, Penn Law’s Associate Dean for Professional Engagement and Director of the Center on Professionalism, and John Hollway C’92 MAPP ’18, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, the class sessions emphasize the importance of lawyers’ health and wellbeing and discuss how it intersects with their professional responsibilities and ethical obligations to employers and clients. Join this discussion with the creators of this pilot, Penn Law colleagues John Hollway and Jennifer Leonard, as they share how they built support for the pilot program, developed the content, and have evolved and strengthened the program as it enters its third year.
1 Ethics Credit
$90 for all three CLE courses, or $40 per individual course.