Cybersecurity Ethics for Lawyers: Very Specific Things to Do Today to Be Safer Tomorrow

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Cybersecurity can be scary for lawyers. And a pandemic and “working” from home can make it scarier. But it doesn't have to be. Join Lucian Pera, Partners at Adams & Reese, for a one-hour discussion of lawyers’ ethical obligations for cybersecurity of client confidential information. The course will discuss very specific applications of the ethics rules and obligations, and how they apply to a number of common technology tools used by lawyers and law firms. Attorneys will walk away with specific and tangible suggestions for how to be safer, a little bit at a time, every day.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an in-depth understanding of lawyers’ ethical obligations for cybersecurity of client confidential information

  2. Examine how these ethical obligations apply when using common technology tools used by lawyers and law firms

  3. Gain useful tips for safeguarding your client information, and overall operations

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Lucian T. Pera

Adams and Reese LLP

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.