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Playing in the Sandbox: Building a Legal Profession “Castle” for the 21st Century



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Description: This webcast will explore the changes that have been adopted in some states, as well as those being contemplated in other jurisdictions around the country, to legal ethics rules and other regulations in an attempt to expand the legal profession’s ability to collaborate and partner with nonlawyers and thereby increase efficiency, expand opportunity, promote innovation, and improve access to legal services. *We’ll discuss how the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 5.4 on lawyer professional independence and Rule 5.5 on unauthorized practice of law may unnecessarily impede lawyers who want to collaborate with nonlawyers and who wish to provide legal services across state lines. *The historical background of these rules and issues that conflict with law practice in a digital age were already a hot topic of discussion before the pandemic but have rapidly moved to the forefront as the pandemic forced lawyers to work from home and embrace the increased use of technology in the practice of law.
 
Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law and Director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) at the University of Miami’s School of Law. Under Jan’s direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award---the leading national award for a professionalism program.
 
She is the co-author of Legal Ethics and Social Media—A Practitioner’s Handbook. Jan is the president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and the co-chair of APRL’s Future of Lawyering Committee. She also service as an Ethics Commissioner on the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust.
 
Prior to devoting herself to legal education, Jan practiced law for over twenty years. She began her career as a Legal Aid attorney in the District of Columbia; prosecuted Nazi war criminals at the Office of Special Investigations of the U.S. Department of Justice; was in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Miami; and served as in-house counsel for a large Miami based corporation. She is a member of the D.C., Florida, and California Bars and maintains an ethics consulting practice.
 
Art Lachman practices in Seattle, Washington, focusing on legal ethics, professional liability, and law firm risk management issues. A 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he clerked for Judge Eugene Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has practiced as a commercial litigation attorney, and has taught civil litigation and ethics subjects at both Puget Sound area law schools. Art has served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s National Conference Planning Committee. He is currently Co-Chair of APRL’s Future of Lawyering Committee, a comprehensive effort to propose reforms designed to bring lawyer ethics rules governing the regulation of the legal profession into the 21st Century. Art is co-author of The Law of Lawyering in Washington, published by the Washington State Bar Association, and served as chair of the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee from 2008 to 2010. He holds bachelor’s and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
Lucian T. Pera is a partner with the Memphis, Tennessee, office of Adams and Reese LLP. His practice includes civil trial work, including commercial litigation and media law, and he counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others on questions of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. A Memphis native, he is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Law and served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Harry W. Wellford. Pera joined Adams and Reese in 2006 to help open the firm’s Memphis office, after practicing law for 20 years with Armstrong Allen, PLLC.
 
Pera has served as president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the national membership organization of lawyers who work in the legal ethics arena. He has chaired and served as a member of the editorial board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. He has chaired ethics committees for the ABA Section of Business Law and the Media Law Resource Center Defense Counsel Section. He recently completed a three-year term as chair of the governing board of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. He currently serves as President of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.
 
He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of First Amendment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, and Legal Malpractice Law.
 
Pera is a former American Bar Association Treasurer and has served on the ABA Board of Governors and Executive Committee. With the exception of three years in the late 1990s, he has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1991. He is also a past President of the Tennessee Bar Association.



Practice Areas: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 06/15/2021
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 1 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Speakers:
Jan Jacobowitz - University of Miami School of Law
Arthur J. Lachman - Attorney at Law, Seattle, WA
Lucian T. Pera - Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
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