“Desperate times call for desperate measures” is a saying attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates, apparently derived from his Aphorism "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable." The crisis we face globally and the challenges we face as lawyers individually have their roots in an extreme disease that has paralyzed the world. The current pandemic has no match in recent history, and we as a society do not have a roadmap on how to handle this unprecedented crisis.
As lawyers, however, we do have a GPS: the ABA Model Professional Rules of Conduct, and the Rules as adopted in the jurisdictions in which we practice. It is when times are tough that we have to make the most difficult decisions. It is during these times that we are tested. Abiding by the rules is essential to staying within the lines of appropriate professional conduct and getting through this crisis with our ethical obligations and our professionalism intact.This program, taught by Fran Griesing, the founder and managing member of Griesing Law, LLC, will help attorneys understand their ethical obligations in a crisis, including how to stay competitive in a rapidly changing legal landscape, appropriate supervision of junior lawyers and professional staff when working remotely, meeting deadlines and communicating effectively with clients, and why “Desperate times call for desperate measures” is not a principle to follow in a legal emergency.
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.
This is one of the best courses I've completed in my 10 years of doing CLEs!
So good! Thank you.
Very timely and thought provoking.
Thank you, gave me information on areas I did not think about due to the changes/upheaval of Covid-19.
Very nice program.
Timely subject matter.
Great course! The speaker was excellent and I really appreciated her focus on empathy and civility.
Top rate instructor, top rate course content
I enjoyed the course. Timely and interesting.
First rate! Thanks!!
She was so organized!
Timely, useful, and practical information and advice. Very engaging presentation.
A very practical approach to ethics in the current environment.
I want her to be my lawyer!
Timely course presentation speaker was clear precise and knowledgeable
thanks very much for important and timely information, great presenter, definitely knew the content well, thanks again
Wonderful program, with excellent advice for these difficult times. Thank you for putting out this informative program.
Excellent program. Very informative and engaging presenter.
Excellent presentation of a timely topic.
excellent and engaging!
Clear and focused.
Great information; glad to see another attorney who graduated from law school in 1981 provide such helpful information.
Presenter was excellent. Topic was very appropriate for the times.
One of the best classes I have taken. Actually watched twice.
Well done! Information was concise,, right on point and well delivered. A very timely topic which was well covered given the limited time available.
Very Well thought out!
Very timely and helpful.
Very effective and worthwhile presentation.
thanks for using the headset. The audio was much better than most of the CLE recordings made during this COVID-19 lockdown
Excellent rundown of essentials and lots that I hadn't thought about. Thank you!
Speaker was excellent
This course may very well qualify as the best Lawline course I’ve taken. Fabulous presenter!
Great course - highly recommend!
Very timely valuable advice presented perfectly.
Great presentation. Thank you.
Particularly well prepared presenter
Sobering, thoughtful, helpful course for the times.
Ms. Griesing is very knowledgeable about the variety of unforeseen factors that can impact a lawyer. Thoroughly relevant to the great responsibilities we lawyers face.
Very timely course. Well structured and informative too.
Interesting and timely topic
I thoroughly enjoyed this CLE course. I thought Francine provided lots of sound advice that can be put into use during this period. I particularly liked her cautionary advice to "be kind."
Great information during these extraordinary times, thank you.
Faculty was incredibly knowledgable. I had issues with the video, but the audio worked fine. Thanks.
Incredibly knowledgeable presenter—great practical insights
Very timely and informative!
Very well spoken practitioner
Learned several items that I never thought of before.
Speaker was very knowledgeable and effective
Very good program. Great presenting style and content. Provided sufficient detail to be useful without getting to caught up on single issues
Listened attentively to all the good pointers.
Excellent course and speaker!
Excellent as it relates to understanding ethics generally. I encourage including more specifics about the implications of COVID-19 and how general considerations are to be applied.
Thorough and coherent presentation. Timely topic. Well done.
This class was very informative and discussed matters related to the emergency that I had not considered but will now implement. Thank you!
Excellent speaker providing very timely materials and practical advice.
Very timely under the circumstances that we face today.
Presenter was exceptionally effective. The audio delivery was quite good.
She did a great job. Most of it was speculation, but really this is a new situation for everyone, so it's hard to give many specifics and I get that.
Good presentation by a knowledgeable instructor
Very timely info.
She was very clear.
Amazingly thorough and well-prepared. A great hour
Very timely and interesting
This raises some every interesting issues for the NYC area and living in one jurisdiction and prating in another.
Thank you for such a relevant and informative CLE.
Another excellent instructor!
Timely topic with practical examples and applications.
Super good refresher in the midst of all that we have to do.
Very informative, great CLE! Thank you!
Great job, Francine.
Timely and practical
Excellent presentation and guide for the Ethical practice of law during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
informative and kept my attention
It was a timely and well presented ethics topic.
Great program Great program
excellent and concise program. Speaker was very knowledgeable and guidance was practical.
Really timely, organized, well-delivered. Thank you!
excellent program. valuable information.
The course provided a decent overview and reminder of ethical responsibilities for lawyers.
Lots of very practical advice.
Speaker was terrific-wish she was in my jurisdiction. Thank you.
Thank you...well done.
very good presentation
This lecturer was really, really good.
Helpful, informative, interesting, practical, and timely program delivered by a knowledgeable and experienced presenter.
Very timely course. Well presented.
Thorough presentation, thank you.