Nineteenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium

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Brave New World: Legal Ethics for Today

Presented by The State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:30 am to 4:15 pm  

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Avenue, Room 325
San Diego, CA 92101

5 Hours of MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics! This program has been approved for legal malpractice legal specialization credit by the State Bar of California.

We gratefully acknowledge Thomas Jefferson School of Law for the contribution of its facility and generous support for this event. This year's Ethics Symposium will provide 5 hours of MCLE.

Statewide Ethics Symposium
Program Schedule
Essential Information
Printable Brochure
Mail / Fax Reg. Form
REGISTER ONLINE

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Scott B. Garner: Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  • Professor Steven Berenson: Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Heather L. Rosing: Vice-President, State Bar of California

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The Net: Law Firm Cybersecurity

This panel explores the ethical obligations attorneys have in the context of cybersecurity arising out of the increased use of technology in modern law practice. The ethical practitioner must address a vast array of issues, including awareness of the nature and manifestation of the evolving threats to law firms and what the ethical rules require to combat against them. The panel will focus on some of the particulars, and discuss the anatomy of a law firm data breach, how law firms can pro-actively manage the risks, and how to plan for and respond to a data breach if/when proactive efforts are thwarted.

  • Wendy Wen Yun Chang: Moderator; Advisor, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Richard T. Egger: Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Ontario
  • Tanya L. Forsheit:Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Los Angeles
  • Scott B. Garner: Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Irvine
  • Wesley L. Hsu: Assistant United States Attorney, Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section Chief, The United States Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Deja Vu All Over Again: Brainstorming the New California Rules Project

A panel of experienced ethics experts will consider aspects of the task ahead for the new Rules Revision Commission and will engage in a roundtable discussion about the various functions of the rules including public protection, attorney discipline, and ethical guidance.  The panel will brainstorm specific rules, and whether and how they should be revised, including whether to adopt the ABA Model Rules on those issues, continue with the California framework, or move to some other formulation.

  • Merri A. Baldwin: Moderator, Vice-Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, San Francisco
  • Carole J. Buckner: Dean, Saint Francis School of Law, Irvine
  • Mark L. Tuft: Partner, Cooper White & Cooper LLP, San Francisco
  • Richard A. Zitrin: Professor, University of California Hastings College of Law, San Francisco

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch & Keynote Address

This year the Symposium will not feature a keynote speaker in order to allow more time for participants to meet new people and catch up with colleagues and friends.

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Color of Money: Alternative Litigation Funding

Creative financing, once reserved for technology or other new economy ventures, has entered the legal profession.  Alternative Litigation Funding [ALF] - also known as Third Party Litigation Funding or Financing, or Third Party Funding or Financing - is limited only by the creativity of the parties.  Along with traditional sources of funding, claim funding, where repayment is contingent on the outcome of the case, is now offered by hedge funds, commercial banks, investment banks, and specialty companies dedicated to the claim funding industry.   This panel promises a lively debate about the ethical issues in ALF, whether they can be solved, and, if so, how to solve them.

  • Jennifer A. Becker: Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Partner, Long & Levit LLP, San Francisco
  • Peter H. Benzian: Managing Director, Burford Capital, San Diego
  • Carol M. Langford: Sole Practitioner, Walnut Creek
  • Maya Steinitz: Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa, Iowa City

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Liar, Liar: Negotiation Ethics

Does anyone really expect anything a lawyer says in negotiation to be truthful?  Does that expectation impact an attorney’s ethical duties, including the duty of honesty?  May an attorney ethically “gild the lily” in settlement negotiations?  This dynamic panel will explore these issues, focusing on the contours of the ethical duty of honesty and how that duty fares in the context of negotiation, where “puffery,” posturing and overstatement are often used and, in fact, expected.  This panel will explore where the ethical line lies in negotiation and when it is crossed. 

  • Suzanne Burke Spencer: Moderator; Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; Managing Shareholder, Sall Spencer Callas & Krueger, Laguna Beach
  • Edward J. McIntyre: Sole Practitioner, San Diego
  • David F. McGowan: Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Partner, Durie Tangri LLP, San Francisco
  • Hon. John Leo Wagner, Ret.: Retired United States Magistrate; Judicate West Alternate Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles

Essential Information

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we have provided a printable version of the program brochure that duplicates the information on this web page.

Register Online

Registration may be completed online.

Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to the State Bar of California. Checks should be payable to the State Bar of California.

MAIL TO Program Registrations, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; OR

FAX TO Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will not be accepted).

 Registration Fees

- Early Bird Registration (Registration by March 31st): $155 Program Package includes: 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics, resource materials and lunch
- Registration (Registration after March 31st or on-site): $170 Program Package includes: 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics, resource materials and lunch
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Fee: $140 Program Package includes: 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics, resource materials and lunch
- Student Fee: $75 Program Package includes: resource materials and lunch
- Free of charge: admission to program only. No MCLE credit, resource materials or lunch (registration for free attendance is offered on a space available basis) MAIL OR FAX FORM ONLY.

Pre-Registration Deadline

In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by March 31st.  The regular registration deadline is April 10th. Space is limited.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than April 15th, by fax to: 415.538.2368. Refunds will not be made for requests received after April 10th. However, with advance notice, your registration can be transferred to another person.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration is limited and subject to availability. Please register in advance.

MCLE Credit

This program offers up to 5 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics.  The State Bar of California and the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.  This program has been approved for Legal Malpractice Legal Specialization credit by the State Bar of California.

Questions

For registration questions, please call 415-538-2508. For program content, please call 415-538-2167.

Special Assistance

Please call 415-538-2167.

Hotel Information

No special block of rooms has been arranged for this one-day event. The following are hotels within walking distance (2-6 blocks) to Thomas Jefferson School of Law: San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter - (619) 696-0234, Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter - (619) 231-4040, Declan Suites - (619) 696-9800, and Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter - (800) 593-5447.

Airport

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is located approximately 4.1 miles, or 11-15 minutes from the San Diego Airport.

Driving Directions

From the San Diego Airport: Head west on N. Harbor Drive toward Airport Terminal Road.  Make a U-turn at Airport Terminal Road.  Turn left at W. Grape Street. Take the ramp onto I-5 South.  Take exit 16 for 10th Avenue.  Merge onto CA-163 South.  Continue onto 10th Avenue.  Turn left at Island Avenue.  1155 Island Avenue is on the right.

From the I-8: Head west on I-8 W toward Exit 5.  Take exit 4A to merge onto CA-163 South toward Downtown. Continue onto 10th Avenue.  Turn left at Island Avenue.  1155 Island Avenue is on the right.

From the I-5: Head south on I-5 South.   Take exit 1A to merge onto CA-163 South.  Continue onto 10th Avenue.  Turn left at Island Avenue.  1155 Island Avenue is on the right.

Get additional driving directions from Google Maps.

Public Transit

From San Diego International Airport: From the Lindbergh Field & Terminal 1, take the 992 bus towards downtown.  Exit at City College Trolley Station.  Head west on Broadway towards 11th Avenue.  Turn left onto 11th Avenue and left on Island Avenue. Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be on the right.

From San Diego Santa Fe Depot: Cross Kettner Blvd. to America Plaza Trolley Station.  Take the Blue Line towards San Ysidro.  Exit at Park & Market Trolley Station.  Head South on 12th Avenue/Park Blvd towards Island Avenue.  Turn right onto Island Avenue. Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be on the left. 

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is on Island Avenue between 11th Avenue and Park Blvd.

Visitor Parking

Thomas Jefferson School of Law does not have a dedicated parking facility. Padres Parkade  433 - 10th Avenue (10th Avenue & J Street), San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 230-0003 – $6 all day parking, no parking on levels 6 – 9.