Webinar #2 – Hot Mics and Live Video – How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls of Virtual Meetings

Speaker:  Joanna L. Storey, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

January 21st at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 EST

First graders have mastered the art of remote meetings during distance learning, but some seasoned lawyers still do not understand how to effectively use mute or turn off their camera. In this webinar, we navigate through the risky waters of using remote depositions and meetings in your law practice. We offer practical tips for meeting four primary ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct: Competence (Rule 1.1), Communications (Rule 1.4), Confidentiality of Information (Rule 1.6) and Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistance (Rule 5.3). The key takeaways will be understanding the technology, training and practice and being mindful of your video and audio surroundings.

Meeting ID: 861 1077 7329

Passcode: 528358

Webinar #1: Recognizing Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law and Avoiding Discipline for Discriminatory Conduct

Recognizing Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law and Avoiding Discipline for Discriminatory Conduct

Presented by APRL’s Webinar/CLE Committee, this webinar will take place December 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom. No need to sign up in advance, just login and enjoy!

Panelists include Ellen Pansky, Mary Grace Guzman, and Rizza Gonzales

A panel of APRL members will discuss the important issue of implicit bias and discriminatory conduct.  Topics to be covered include:

  • New CRPC Rule 8.4.1 along with any other similar ethics rules.
  • Implicit bias within our profession
    • Including women, BIPOC, LGBTQA and first generation.
  • Action steps APRL Members can take
    • Pro Bono/Low Bono services
    • Hiring Practices
    • Mentoring choices
    • Offering Leadership opportunities
    • Creating a welcoming and mindful environment

Meeting Link

Nominations for 2021 Michael Franck Award

The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award.

The Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award honors an individual whose contributions in the professional responsibility field evidence the highest level of dedication to legal professionalism. It recognizes career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism.

The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020.

More information about the Award and a link to the nomination form can be found here:

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Stephanie Custard at

2020-2022 Nominations

Report of the Nominating Committee

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the Nominating Committee, consisting of Immediate Past President Allison Martin Rhodes, Lynda Shely, Ellen Pansky, Donald Campbell, and Ronald Minkoff has met, deliberated, and now proposes the following slate of Officers and Directors for 2020-2022, each of whom has agreed to serve if elected:

President-Elect:    Brian S. Faughnan

Secretary:           Trish Rich

Treasurer:           Tyler Maulsby

Directors:            Frank Maher (second term)

Sari Montgomery

David Majchrzak

Balloting for these positions will take place at the Annual Meeting on August 13 – 15, 2020, which will take place online this year in light of public health concerns.

President-Elect Shannon Nordstrom automatically becomes President at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting.

You can find the full 2020 nominating committee report at the link.