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September CLEs: Back to School Amid the Pandemic; Internal Investigations; Locating People and Assets for Collections, Mindfulness Series, and More!

It is hard to believe September 1st is next week! The CLE Office has been busy finalizing programming for September and October. In accordance with state guidelines, the CLE Classroom will be closed for in-person programming, and all programs will be broadcast as live webinars. Please note, registrants will receive links to view the program 24-48 hours prior to a webinar. Below are just some of the seminars offered in September. To view all our live webcast offerings, visit the CLE Calendar.

Back to School Amid the Pandemic
Thursday, September 3, 2020

10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 1.0 credit
Live Webinar ONLY

Christine Marinello, Esq.
Marinello Law

Matthew R. Plain, Esq.
Barton Gilman, LLP

Aubrey L. Lombardo, Esq.
Henneous Carroll Lombardo LLC

Rhode Island schools are expected to reopen by September 14. This program will provide up-to-the-minute information you can share with your clients, both parents and educators, related to reopening schools during the pandemic. Among the topics to be discussed are IEP and 504 plans, complying with state and federal directives, ADA requests, and what options are available to parents and educators when returning to the classroom.

Conducting Internal Investigations: Risks and Remedies
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 a.m., 1.0 credit + 0.5 ethics
Live Webinar ONLY

Miriam A. Ross, Esq.
Miriam Ross & Associates, LLC

Corporations are under increasing scrutiny and many companies have been faced with ethical scandals and allegations of mismanagement and misconduct. In addition, in recent years more and more whistle-blowers have been coming forward to present allegations of impropriety. Given these trends, knowing how to conduct an effective internal investigation is crucial to protecting your clients or company.

This seminar will highlight how to conduct an effective internal investigation. Topics include:

  • Determining the nature and scope of an investigation, document retention and confidentiality
  • Delivering an effective "Upjohn statement"
  • Crafting appropriate interview questions and gathering information from witnesses
  • Dealing with risks and ethical dilemmas that arise during an investigation
  • Managing the investigation stakeholders appropriately, considering their loyalties and relationships, including senior management
  • Preparing a final investigation report and voluntary disclosure considerations

A Mindful Practice – A Four Session Series

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 ethics

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 ethics

Friday, October 9, 2020
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 ethics

Friday, October 16, 2020
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 ethics

Speaker: Patricia A. McLaughlin, Esq.

A Mindful Practice is a four-part course focusing on the practical application of mindfulness techniques. One-hour sessions will be conducted online. The classes will not be sequential, so participants can join one or all sessions!

The practice of law can be both rewarding and challenging on any given day. The practice of mindfulness is being aware in the present moment in a purposeful and nonjudgmental manner. This course will focus on the stressors lawyers face daily and how the practical application of mindfulness techniques can improve their practice and their lives. Specifically, the program will address how to adapt mindfulness techniques to the daily practice of law and to personal well-being. Participants will be introduced to specific techniques in each of the four sessions.

How to Locate People and Assets for Collections
Thursday, September 17, 2020

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 0.5 credits + 0.5 ethics
Live Webinar ONLY

Lynda L. Laing, Esq.
Strauss, Factor, Laing & Lyons

This seminar will discuss skip tracing and what laws and regulations apply to skip tracing. The speaker will discuss how to use technology including public data and the internet before and after judgment to locate people and assets. You will learn about social media and whether an attorney can ethically use social media to skip trace. Finally, the speaker will help identify what collection remedies are effective after the asset or person is located.

Starting a Law Firm: Technology Edition
Friday, September 18, 2020

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 2.0 credits
Live Webinar ONLY

Jared D. Correia, Esq.
Red Cave Law Firm Consulting

While this may not seem like the best time to start a law practice, you might be surprised to learn just how many successful law firms have risen from difficult circumstances. Starting a law firm, in many ways, is like starting a family: there is no perfect time to do it; you just have to jump in.

Of course, it helps to start up with at least some knowledge of what you’re doing. So, don’t fly blind. We can help you to get your business plan in place, and to increase your chances of success.

The best thing about launching a modern business, including a law firm, is that both buy-in and continuing costs have been massively reduced due to the influence of cloud computing. In this program, we will review the baseline technology you need to launch a new law firm.

How to Run a General Practice Law Firm in 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020

4:00 – 6:00 p.m., 2.0 credits
Live Webinar ONLY

Jared D. Correia, Esq.
Red Cave Law Firm Consulting

Running a general law practice is a stimulating intellectual exercise for the attorneys who do it. They like bouncing from different case to different case, figuring out how to make it all happen. For many years, general law practices have been the default for local practitioners.

However, times have changed. Now, more and more attorneys are building specialty practices, focused on highly-selective niches, in order to reduce competition and increase prices. And, since general practices require movement around different case types, they’re not necessarily built for speed. Modern consumers tend to want efficiency and quick turnarounds, while law firm owners don’t want to be viewed as proprietors of ‘factory’ practices.

Given all that, is there still a way to build an effective general practice today?
The answer is ‘yes’ and, we’ll tell you how.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Maximizing efficiency
  • Local focus
  • Messaging
  • Utilizing staff
  • Referral marketing today