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Securing Communications

Total General: .50 Total Professional Responsibility: .50
In accordance with Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 and Comment [8] , a lawyer must provide a client with competent representation, which requires a lawyer to keep abreast of changes in the law and its practices, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. Moreover, Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6 and Comment [18] prohibits, generally, lawyers from revealing information relating to the representation of a client, and requires lawyers to make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, such information. This is why it is incumbent on lawyers to ensure their documents and communications are secure. This program will teach you some simple practices to help you and your firm comply with these ethical obligations when using electronic communications.

In this program, you will:
  • Learn the importance of securing communication in transit to avoid unauthorized access;
  • Apply what has been learned to several different scenarios; and
  • Reflect on the systems you have in place and need to implement in order to improve the security of your law firm communication.
Important MCLE Notice: This Program was originally released as a PMBR (2020-2021) module. If you have previously viewed this Program as a PMBR (2020-2021) module and received a Certificate of Completion, you may only claim MCLE credit once for this Program within a 12-month period. The ARDC reports individual attorney attendance to the MCLE Board by the 5th of the month subsequent to the date of completion of the MCLE program (for example, September events will be reported by October 5).
Narrator: Benjamin Boroughf, Counsel, Appellate Division, ARDC
Video Presenter: Anne Haag, Practice Management Advisor, Chicago Bar Association
Content Provider: Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of the Center for Practice Management, North Carolina Bar Association