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Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL 2022

Product ID: CA3392R7
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Ethics essentials

Family law is a rewarding practice area, but it’s certainly not without its challenges. There are decisions to be made that are based not only on law, but also on values and morals. These value judgments can raise difficult ethical questions for family lawyers and can also lead to ethics complaints. Mitigate your risk with help from Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL.

Social studies

The proliferation of social media has changed the practice of law, and it’s a source of potential evidence for family law cases. But lawyers must tread carefully to avoid ethical snags. Ethics authorities and family lawyers will weigh in and offer guidance on how attorneys should conduct themselves online. You’ll explore:

  • Ethical concerns with lawyers advertising on social media
  • How the disciplinary rules apply to online interactions with witnesses
  • Adhering to the duty of confidentiality in online interactions
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Webcast seminar

Pricing

Member $239.00

Non-Member $319.00

Credits

3.5 CLE, 3.5 EPR

Date and Time

Wednesday, January 25, 20238:30 AM - 11:45 AM CT

Add to Calendar 1/25/2023 8:30:00 AM 1/25/2023 11:45:00 AM America/Chicago Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL 2022

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Ethics essentials

Family law is a rewarding practice area, but it’s certainly not without its challenges. There are decisions to be made that are based not only on law, but also on values and morals. These value judgments can raise difficult ethical questions for family lawyers and can also lead to ethics complaints. Mitigate your risk with help from Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL.

Social studies

The proliferation of social media has changed the practice of law, and it’s a source of potential evidence for family law cases. But lawyers must tread carefully to avoid ethical snags. Ethics authorities and family lawyers will weigh in and offer guidance on how attorneys should conduct themselves online. You’ll explore:

  • Ethical concerns with lawyers advertising on social media
  • How the disciplinary rules apply to online interactions with witnesses
  • Adhering to the duty of confidentiality in online interactions
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Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Ethics essentials

Family law is a rewarding practice area, but it’s certainly not without its challenges. There are decisions to be made that are based not only on law, but also on values and morals. These value judgments can raise difficult ethical questions for family lawyers and can also lead to ethics complaints. Mitigate your risk with help from Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL.

Social studies

The proliferation of social media has changed the practice of law, and it’s a source of potential evidence for family law cases. But lawyers must tread carefully to avoid ethical snags. Ethics authorities and family lawyers will weigh in and offer guidance on how attorneys should conduct themselves online. You’ll explore:

  • Ethical concerns with lawyers advertising on social media
  • How the disciplinary rules apply to online interactions with witnesses
  • Adhering to the duty of confidentiality in online interactions
Read More ↓

Sponsored By

Program Chair

David Kowalski            
Kowalski Wilson & Vang LLC
Madison

Speakers:

Brian Anderson
Wisconsin Lawyers Mutal Insurance Company
Madison

Karl L. Kliminski
Kliminski Law Office
Madison

Alyssa A. Mahaffay
Mahaffay Law Office
Monona

Timothy J. Pierce
State Bar of Wisconsin
Madison

Eve E. Dennison Pollock
WR Stewart & Associates, S.C.
Madison

Sara M. Vanden Brook
The Law Center S.C.
Madison

8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : Prenuptial Agreements

  • Important considerations to consider in the drafting and execution of the pre-nuptial agreement
  • Issues that the trial court will consider when a pre-nuptial agreement is later challenged, at the time of a divorce
  • The pre-nuptial agreement is ultimately found to be invalid at the time of the divorce, does that automatically mean that the drafter was negligent and that the legal services that were provided fell below the expected standard of care?  

Brian Anderson

9:30 a.m. : Attorney use of Social Media

  • Lawyers presence on line and the duty of confidentiality
  • Marketing and the disciplinary rules
  • The impact of the disciplinary rules to on-line interactions with witnesses and third parties

Timothy J. Pierce

10:30 a.m. : Break

10:45 a.m. : Acting as a Guardian ad Litem

  • A GAL as a witness
  • Conflicts of Interest and how to handle them
  • The GAL and the Duty of Confidentiality

Karl L. Kliminski, Alyssa A. Mahaffay, Eve E. Dennison Pollock, Sara M. Vanden Brook        

11:45 a.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start times, webcast replay schedule will vary slightly from above listed times.

  • Be aware of common ethical mistakes in family law practice
  • Learn how to draft enforceable prenuptial agreements that will survive a challenge
  • Examine how the Supreme Court Rules apply to attorney use of social media
  • Understand the scope of a lawyer’s role and obligations as guardian ad litem
  • Find out how to avoid grievances and disciplinary action
  • Family law practitioners
  • Family law mediators
  • Guardians ad litem
  • General practitioners
  • Any attorney seeking to learn more about ethics and family law

BOOK BONUS!

Family Law Casenotes and Quotes

Seminar attendees will enjoy a free two-week trial of the Family Law Casenotes and Quotes Books UnBound® title and an invitation to save 20% on either a 1-year subscription to the Books UnBound title or the purchase of the print book.* Tackle the many issues that tend to arise in family law cases, from abduction to paternity to visitation (and everything in between).

*Attendees will receive information to access the free trial and discount via email after attending the program. Discount applies to both print and digital Books UnBound® editions of this title and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Offer valid as long as CLE credit is available for this program. For Books UnBound users, discount may be applied to purchase of individual Books UnBound title only and may not be used on purchase of full library.

The Family Law Section is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the December 14 in-person or live webcast presentation of Family Law Ethics: Social Media, Prenuptial Agreements, and Acting as GAL. Find more information on scholarship eligibility and the application here. Deadline to apply is November 18. Questions? Please contact Program Assistant Chantel Richardson.

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