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2024 Annual Ethics Program Recap

2024 Annual Ethics Program Recap

The 2024 Annual Ethics Program, held on June 5, 2024, at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, located at 333 Wolf Point Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, was a notable event for legal professionals focusing on ethical standards in the legal field. This half-day program ran from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM and offered both in-person and remote attendance options via Zoom, catering to a broad audience of legal practitioners. Notably, the event attracted over 80 attendees, making it the best-attended ethics program in Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter history.

The 2024 Annual Ethics Program offered attendees up to 3 hours of ethics credit, fulfilling requirements for professional responsibility. This accreditation is essential for legal professionals to maintain their licenses and continue practicing law ethically and responsibly. The event also provided a valuable networking opportunity for attendees, allowing them to connect with peers, share experiences, and discuss the latest developments in legal ethics.

Ethical Issues in Litigation Funding

The program began with a presentation on “Ethical Issues in Litigation Funding”, delivered by Terry Dee and Courtney Block from Winston & Strawn LLP. This session, scheduled from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM, explored the complexities and ethical considerations involved in litigation funding.

Terry Dee, a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, and Courtney Block, an associate at the same firm, provided deep insights into how litigation funding can impact the attorney-client relationship, the potential conflicts of interest, and the importance of transparency and disclosure. Attendees learned about the regulatory landscape governing litigation funding and the best practices to maintain ethical standards while engaging with third-party funders.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practices

From 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Neil B. Posner from Much Shelist PC presented on “AI–Ethics and Best Practices for Lawyers and Law Firms”. As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly integrated into legal practices, this session was critical in addressing the ethical implications of AI use.

Neil Posner, a principal at Much Shelist, discussed the benefits and challenges of implementing AI in law firms, emphasizing the need for ethical considerations such as client confidentiality, data security, and algorithmic bias. The presentation highlighted the importance of understanding AI’s capabilities and limitations and provided practical guidance on integrating AI tools responsibly in legal workflows.

Professional Discipline in the Labor Market

The third session, held from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, focused on “Professional Discipline and the Labor Market: Evidence from Lawyers”, presented by Professor Kyle Rozema from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Professor Rozema’s research delved into the intersection of professional discipline and labor market dynamics within the legal profession.

He presented empirical evidence on how disciplinary actions affect lawyers’ career trajectories and the broader implications for the legal labor market. This session provided attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of professional misconduct and the importance of maintaining ethical standards to ensure a fair and just legal system.

Panel Discussion: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Federal Court

The highlight of the event was the panel discussion on “How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls in Federal Court”, held from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Moderated by Britt Cramer from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the panel featured esteemed federal judges Hon. Gabriel Fuentes, Hon. Matthew Kennelly, and Hon. Manish Shah. This session provided a platform for an engaging dialogue on the ethical challenges faced by legal practitioners in federal court.

The judges shared their experiences and insights on maintaining ethical integrity, addressing common pitfalls, and upholding the highest standards of professionalism. The discussion covered various aspects of courtroom conduct, the importance of candor with the court, and the ethical responsibilities of attorneys in federal litigation.

Key Takeaways from the 2024 Annual Ethics Program

The 2024 Annual Ethics Program was a resounding success, providing legal professionals with essential knowledge and tools to navigate the complex landscape of legal ethics. With over 80 attendees, this was the best-attended ethics program in FBA Chicago history. The high-caliber presentations and insightful panel discussion equipped attendees with practical strategies to uphold ethical standards in their practices

This event emphasized the importance of ethical practices in the legal profession. The program’s success underscores the commitment of legal professionals to continuous learning and adherence to ethical standards, ensuring the integrity of the legal system.

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