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Hot Topics in Ethics: Brave New World, Same Venerable Rules

Length: 1 hour 51 minutes

This program will address how, in a world otherwise transformed by information technology and increased competition, ethical rules developed in earlier eras continue to set important limits on what an attorney may do.  The panel includes attorneys with deep experience in professional discipline, litigation and cyber-risk.  The program will address : limits on covert techniques to elicit evidence in person or online; risk posed by use of inadvertently disclosed content or metadata, even if on notice to one’s adversary; representation of employees by employer’s counsel; and national (and global) law practice regulated by conflicting ethical rules of New York and other jurisdictions.

Program Co-chairs: Jed Davis, The Law Office of Jonathan E. Davis, LLC & Lauren B. Shy, Director, Compliance & Ethics Center; Privacy Counsel, PepsiCo, Inc.

Faculty: Sherry K. Cohen, Law Firm of Richard M. Maltz, PLLC; Mara A. Leventhal, Gregory P. Joseph Law Offices LLC; Justin Mayer, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Laura L. Smith, Statewide Special Counsel for Ethics, New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration; C. Evan Stewart, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


9:00 – 9:10    Opening Remarks & Introduction
            Jed Davis & Lauren Shy

9:10 – 9:35    Covert Investigations in Real and Cyber Space: Staying on the Right Side of New York’s Rule Against Deception
            Sherry Cohen, Jed Davis & Laura Smith

9:35 – 10:00    Inadvertently Disclosed Content and Metadata: Use of Either May Not Only Require Notice as Specified by New York’s Rule, But Also Express Authorization
            Jed Davis, Justin Mayer & C. Evan Stewart

10:00- 10:05    Break

10:05- 10:30    Restrictions on Employer’s Counsel Representing Employees: Following Rivera, the Quandary that New York Lawyers Face
            Mara Leventhal & C. Evan Stewart

10:30- 10:55    National (and Global) Practice: Discrepancies Between Reciprocity and Nonlawyer Ownership Rules in New York and Other Jurisdictions
            Mara Leventhal & Lauren Shy

10:55- 11:00    Q & A

CLE credit: NY & NJ: 2.0 ethics.

CA: 1.5 ethics

PA: 1.5 ethics

Original Recording Date: 9/17/2013

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • Hot Topics in Ethics: Brave New World, Same Venerable Rules
  • Handout
  • Affirmation Document