Candid Camera: Ethical Strategies for Acing Virtual Proceedings

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Privacy & Cybersecurity

Course Description

The halcyon days when we worked in person, used hard copies of documents, and appeared with bulky litigation bags are over - and it is not likely things will ever be the same. Over time, the ubiquity of technology has made it easier to generate documents, increased the use of remote communications, and impacted our ability to participate in legal proceedings from a personal device rather than in person. This became critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rise of remote work has led to new opportunities and challenges for trial lawyers.  

Despite some glitches along the way, courts and lawyers have adapted to remote proceedings ranging from depositions and witness interviews to oral argument, trials, and arbitrations, as well as dispute resolution through virtual settlement conferences and mediations. Using the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other guidelines, this program will tackle the evolving practical, substantive, and ethical issues for practitioners and offer concrete pointers on how to be most effective in this arena. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the changing status of court and ethical rules on practicing law virtually
  2. Identify the benefits and burdens of virtual proceedings
  3. Stay technologically competent amid constantly evolving law, technology and legal issues
  4. Maintain a professional presentation for yourself and your setting and avoid common mistakes that cause embarrassment - or worse
  5. Preserve confidentiality and privilege in remote and shared work environments
  6. Prepare for depositions, including handling questions, objections and exhibits
  7. Effectively advocate when “appearing” before a judicial officer for motions, trials, hearings, and arbitration
  8. Analyze proven strategies for handling settlement and mediation
  9. Supervise junior lawyers and professional staff when working remotely
  10. Ensure clients and witnesses are prepared for the setting and remote proceedings
  11. Navigate top ethical challenges facing lawyers when multiple jurisdictions are involved 

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Francine Griesing

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 satellite offices in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, and Cincinnati. 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.