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2015 Legal Malpractice Summit

Join FLMIC and the Broward County Bar Association at the 2015 Legal Malpractice Summit in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 11, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Legal Malpractice Summit. Gain valuable insight on malpractice and learn how you can avoid the “pitfall” yourself. This year’s summit will take an all-new enticing approach, different parts of the seminar will be presented through acting and role playing. Additionally, new interesting practice areas will be covered such as bankruptcy, technology law and family law. Space is limited, click here for more information or to register today!

Date: Friday, September 11th 
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Venue: BCBA Conference Center; 1051 SE 3rd Avenue Fort Lauderdale FL 33316
Cost: $75 BCBA Member; $95 Non-Member; No Charge BCBA Judiciary (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Agenda

8:30 - 8:55 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Family Law Mediation Nightmare, the Live Version
Speakers: Katherine O. Birnbaum, Esq.,  Rae Chorowski, Esq., and Wendy J. Stein, Esq. 
9:55 - 10:45 a.m. Technology Malpractice Traps
Speakers: Charles A. Morehead III, Esq.,  Alan Pascal, Esq.,  and Kevin P. Tynan, Esq.  
10:50 - 11:40 a.m. Improving Bankruptcy Practice Through Improv
Speakers:  Judge John K. Olson, Jason E. Slatkin, Esq. 
11:40 - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Program: The Bench Strikes Back: Showing Lawyers, Not Telling Them, What To Improve in the Courtroom
Speakers: Judge Mily Rodriguez Powell, Judge Sandra Perlman, Judge John D. Fry, Judge Thomas M. Lynch, IV, Judge Elijah H. Williams, Emily G. Romano, Esq., and Kelly Vogt, Esq. 

$100,000 Endowment Fund Announcement

Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company has been providing protection to Florida lawyers for over 25 years. In celebration of that, FLMIC, in conjunction with The Florida Bar, has created The Florida Lawyers Mutual Endowment Fund. FLMIC’s initial contribution to the fund is a gift of $100,000.

"This fund will support the delivery of programs to promote professionalism, civility, ethical conduct and legal practice competency among our members," said Gregory W. Coleman, 2014-15 Florida Bar President. "Professionalism is the cornerstone of every lawyer's practice. It is particularly important to keep it at the forefront of everything we do today, especially considering the technological advances and other challenges affecting the delivery of legal services."

“The Florida Bar created FLMIC to provide professional liability insurance to Florida lawyers, at a time when other insurance companies were abandoning our profession and our state,” said Jason Fogg, President of FLMIC.  “Through The Bar’s continuing support over the past 25 years, FLMIC has been able to continue its mission and maintain our core values.  As a company that was created by lawyers for lawyers, we wanted to give back to the legal community in a meaningful way.  FLMIC’s Board of Directors and The Florida Bar created this endowment to promote professionalism, civility and ethical conduct in the practice of law, attributes that benefit everyone in our profession.” 

Metadata and Your Responsibility

According to The Florida Bar Ethics Department, Ethics Opinion 06-02, "It is the sending lawyer's obligation to take reasonable steps to safeguard the confidentiality of all communications sent by electronic means to other lawyers and third parties and to protect from other lawyers and third parties all confidential information, including information contained in metadata, that may be included in such electronic communications."

Click here to read the June 15, 2015, issue of The Florida Bar News article titled, “Lawyers are responsible for stripping metadata from all e-filed documents” for more information. You can also view the YouTube training video below that explains what metadata is and how to remove it from an electronic document before filing.