A review of the ABA’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility

From May 31 through June 2, 2017, the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility held its 43rd ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility.  The National Conference has long been the premier event of its kind in the U.S., bringing together legal scholars, jurists, regulators, and specialists in the professional responsibility field for two days of intensive programming addressing a wide range of issues.  National Conference topics cover recent domestic and international trends and developments in legal ethics, professional discipline, bar admissions, professionalism, and practice issues. This year, a session about improving the health and wellness of the profession will be echoed with a regulator focus by a panel on this subject at the upcoming International Conference of Legal Regulators (ICLR) in Singapore (Day 1, Session 4). Other sessions focused on data security, multijurisdictional practice issues, and unique ethics issues faced by government lawyers.

Held in conjunction with the National Conference were the annual National Forum on Client Protection, Specialization Roundtable, and the 3rd Annual Workshop on Proactive Management-Based Regulation (PMBR).  This successful Workshop designed for regulators opened with remarks from the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Lloyd A. Karmeier.  Chief Justice Karmeir spoke about his Court’s adoption of new PMBR self-assessment and education rules for lawyers in the state who do not carry malpractice insurance.  This regulatory mechanism is the first of its kind in the U.S., with Colorado having adopted Regulatory Objectives earlier and being in the process of implementing a voluntary self-assessment program.  Facilitated by these Center for Professional Responsibility Workshops, a number of other U.S. jurisdictions are now studying PMBR.  There will be a session at the 2017 ICLR regarding success stories in Risk-Based Regulation, moderated by Victoria Rees – Director of Professional Responsibility, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

You may review detailed summaries of a number of National Conference and Client Protection Forum panels in this ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Responsibility summary.

 

Ellyn S. Rosen

International Conference of Legal Regulators 2017

Singapore | 5-6 October 2017

For the first time, the International Conference of Legal Regulators will be held in Asia, in the thriving metropolis of Singapore.

Abstract graphic for ICLR 2017

Singapore

Panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at dusk from across the bay.
Singapore has a vibrant and diverse legal industry. Law firms and lawyers from all over the world have a base in the city-state, adding to its cultural melting pot. As an international legal services hub, the Singapore experience is one that looks both east and west. As the regulatory environment continues to evolve, Singapore’s many stakeholders are actively involved in ensuring that its frameworks remain robust and relevant to modern legal practice. Perhaps uniquely, the regulation of Singapore’s legal industry is a continual collaborative effort between the courts, the profession and the government.

It is therefore with great pleasure that the Singapore Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore invite members and prospective members of the ICLR to the 6th edition of the Conference in Singapore on 5 and 6 October 2017.  For programme or registration details please visit the Singapore ICLR 2017 website.