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Detecting Bias Model Rule of Professional Responsibility As Viewed Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes Movies and Television (12/17/2018)

Program Number: 2861 Presenter: Umarah Ali, Esq., Craig S. Friedman, Esq., Gregory R. Hanthorn, Esq.

Hidden bias is difficult to root out. We are all incapable of completely impartially examining our reasons for acting; that’s why hidden bias is “hidden.” This CLE program seeks to explore differences between “bias” and “deduction and inference” through the innovative technique of following alongside one of fiction’s great ratiocinators – Sherlock Holmes. Using video clips from decades of Sherlock Holmes movies and television episodes our Moderator and Panelists will take you on a guided tour through ways in which Holmes, Watson, London and rural police inspectors and constables have either fallen prey to bias or avoided bias by thinking clearly. The end result? The program presents a series of positive and negative examples of interacting with the ABA’s amended Model Rule addressing bias and beyond.

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Legal Cannabis and Taxes (12/05/2018)

Program Number: 2858 Presenter: Jennifer Benda, Esq.

This webinar will give background on tax issues faced by legal cannabis businesses. We will review the background of Section 280E, IRS guidance, IRS audits of cannabis businesses, and litigation involving how Section 280E applies to legal cannabis businesses. We will explore issues that have been resolved in the courts and issues that make determining tax liabilities of cannabis businesses and their owners a difficult task with a lot of uncertainty.

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Defensibly Deleting Data (12/07/2018)

Program Number: 2856 Presenter: Anthony J. Diana, Esq.

With the rising risks associated with retaining large volumes of data, such as the regulatory focus on cyber-security and data privacy, organizations (with the urging of board members and investors) have made a priority of disposing of data and documents that are not needed for business or required to meet regulatory and legal obligations. Unfortunately, most organizations have neglected the management of documents and data for many years, and developing a program to routinely dispose of documents and data requires a balancing of risks and costs by a multi-disciplinary team (Legal, Compliance, Records, IT and the business). This program will provide some key lessons learned by a team who has assisted organizations defensibly decommission thousands of legacy systems, defensibly dispose of millions of boxes, and defensibly delete billions of electronic documents.

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The Shifting Landscape of Federal Insider Trading Jurisprudence (12/06/2018)

Program Number: 2854 Presenter: Peter R. Dubrowski, Curtis B. Leitner, Jonathan S. Sack, Esq.

The government has brought charges for illegal insider trading primarily under the federal securities laws, chiefly Section 10 of the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5. In a small number of cases, the government has taken a different approach -- charging insider trading in violation of not only Rule 10b-5 but also Section 1348 of Title 18. That was the case in the the high-profile SDNY prosecution in United States v. Blaszczak et al., which involved trading on the basis of confidential information about prospective changes to Medicare reimbursement rates. In that case, the defendants were acquitted on the Rule 10b-5 charges but convicted on the Section 1348 charges, even though the charges related to the same securities trading. In this program, Jonathan Sack – a former chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York –will discuss the evolving jurisprudence of illegal insider trading, including

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Effective Evaluation and Mediation of Discrimination and Employment Cases: Practical Pointers for Promoting the Process and Avoiding Pitfalls to Resolution (12/05/2018)

Program Number: 2845 Presenter: Ann Kotlarski, Esq. - Ann Kotlarski Mediation

Litigating employment claims can be risky, time consuming and expensive for the parties. An increasing trend in employment cases involving claims for discrimination, retaliation and harassment is to resolve those matters well before trial—often before any dispositive motions are filed or significant discovery is conducted. However, important questions arise, such as: When is the most effective time to mediate such claims? Can the plaintiff’s and defense counsel effectively evaluate a case in the early stages in order to make early resolution meaningful? What does it take to evaluate these types of cases in terms of liability, damages and settlement value? What role do non-monetary factors play in evaluation and resolution? What factors should the parties consider in selecting a mediator? What is the best way to prepare for mediation? How do you avoid the common mistakes that a mediator may make? What strategies can be used to move

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How Women Lawyers Can Help to Eliminate Bias, Improve Diversity and Inclusion, and Advance their Legal Careers Despite the Presence of Gender Bias (12/11/2018)

Program Number: 2834 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, and Alton B. Harris, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, discuss the nature and extent of the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and why and how gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them cause this disparity by preventing women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. They then provide women with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g) and ABA Resolution 302.

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Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Stress in the Legal Profession: Addressing the Toxicity that Puts Lawyers at Risk (12/12/2018)

Program Number: 2830 Presenter: Joan Bibelhausen, JD

Recent research confirms the high incidence of mental health, stress and substance abuse issues in the legal profession, and the culture of the profession is often identified as a culprit. As a response, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being released The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. According to the Task Force, “We are at a crossroads. To maintain public confidence in the profession, to meet the need for innovation in how we deliver legal services, to increase access to justice, and to reduce the level of toxicity that has allowed mental health and substance use disorders to fester among our colleagues, we have to act now.” Every lawyer is at risk for mental health and substance abuse issues and every lawyer can help a colleague. Learn to identify the predictors, warning signs and ethical risks of mental health (including substance use) issues and learn ways

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