Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

In the Spotlight: Effective Strategies to Avoid Ethics Violations When Practicing Virtually

Program Number: 3176

Program Date: 04/07/2021


The good old days when we worked in person, used real documents, and appeared in person for depositions, meetings and court are in the past. The recent changes due to Covid-19 and the necessity of working remotely have further revolutionized the legal profession. Technology makes it easier to generate documents and electronic communications, increased the use of remote operations, and enabled us to participate in legal proceedings from a personal device rather than in person. Due to recent events, the legal profession has been forced to pivot to rely on remote proceedings. Whether we are attending meetings, conducting depositions, interviewing witnesses, arguing before judicial officers or mediating a dispute, we are likely doing it over a virtual platform. Even after we resume primarily in person practice, the cost savings and ease of practicing remotely will likely keep these processes in place. In this program, we will discuss effective ways to handle online practice without running afoul of the ethical rules or committing malpractice.

Learning Objectives (what attorneys can expect to learn from the program):

Using the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other guidelines, attendees will learn what lawyers need to know about:

• The changing status of court and ethical rules on practicing law virtually
• The benefits and burdens of virtual proceedings
• The duty to remain competent; how to be prepared for the challenges of constantly evolving law, technology and legal issues ABA Model Rule 1.1
• The duty to keep your client informed and to communicate promptly with others ABA Model Rule 1.4
• How to maintain a professional presentation for yourself and your setting ABA Model Rule
• The duty to preserve confidentiality and privilege in remote and shared work environments ABA Model Rule 1.6
• How to prepare for depositions including handling questions, objections and exhibits ABA Model Rule 3.4
• How to expedite litigation and be fair to opponents ABA Model Rules 3.2 and 3.4
• How to be an effective oral advocate when “appearing” before judicial officer for motions, trials, hearings and arbitration
• The proven strategies for handling settlement and mediation
• How to avoid some common mistakes that cause embarrassment or worse, such as unauthorized practice of law ABA Model Rule 5.5
• The obligations of senior lawyers to supervise junior lawyers and professional staff when working remotely and the obligations of junior lawyers ABA Model Rules 5.1. 5.2, 5.3
• The duty of diligence; making sure clients and witnesses are prepared for the setting and remote proceedings ABA Model Rule 1.3
• Other top ethical challenges facing lawyers when multiple jurisdictions are involved

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 Ethics CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 Ethics CLE credit

State Program Numbers


Francine Friedman Griesing, Esq.

Griesing Law, LLC

Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC, a women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia with offices in Cincinnati and New York. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions. Fran has over thirty-five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. Her clients include public and closely-held companies, not-for-profit organizations, government entities and executives. After practicing at AmLaw 100 firms and as Litigation Chair for the City of Philadelphia, Fran founded Griesing Law so women could reach their potential in the male-dominated legal field.

Fran has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, Client Choice Guide USA, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for her expertise in commercial litigation and employment law. She has also been acknowledged as one of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law Lifetime Achievers and Diversity & Inclusion Lifetime Achievers, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year, Ms. JD’s Sharing Her Passion Honoree, ABA Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference Women Who Inspire Us;and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Lawyers and is the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award.

Fran is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded Bossible, a marketing and business development consultancy that helps entrepreneurs, professionals, small businesses and diverse businesses build and execute marketing plans that amplify them as thought leaders in their industries, and GriesingMazzeo Leadership, a training and human resources advisor for small, middle market, women and diverse owned businesses and professionals. She is highly regarded as a trailblazing entrepreneur, selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Bank of America as the 2018 Woman Business Owner of the Year and by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year. She also received the Women’s Business Enterprise Center East WBE Leadership Award. She has been included in Women’s Enterprise Magazine’s Top WBE CEOs, Philly Biz’s Executives of the Year, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, Business Philadelphia’s Women to Watch and one of the Governor of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business.

Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and is also featured in “The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Firms”, published by the American Bar Association. She has taught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University's Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Thomas Kline School of Law at Drexel University. Fran is an honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.