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    Aug. 17, 2011 – The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers half-day CLE seminars begin their statewide trek in Neenah on Sept. 14. This annual series helps lawyers improve their efficiency in the delivery of legal services and implement systems and controls to reduce risk and improve client relations. Topics are related to technology and ethics, and all seminars are submitted for CLE and EPR credits. Seminars, presented in two sessions, begin with a hot breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m.

    The first session, “Researching Legal Ethics: Where to look for What (or What Not) to Do,” is presented by Wisconsin State Law Library Reference Librarian Connie Von Der Heide.

    When an issue involving legal ethics rears its head, where do you look for authoritative information and guidance? In this 90-minute presentation, Von Der Heide will describe online and print sources used to research legal ethics matters and where to find them.

    The second session, “Ethics and Technology in the Law Firm,” is presented by State Bar Law Office Management Advisor Nerino Petro.

    Several rules of professional conduct require lawyers to exercise great care in protecting electronic information. Because of these additional self-imposed professional obligations, lawyers can’t rely on the standard of care applicable to other business persons. Lawyers must take special efforts to make sure their use of technology preserves confidentiality in order to avoid malpractice suits. Learn about hidden data, encryption, and all the other pitfalls of technology.

    Have a specific practice management issue you’d like advice on? Free consultations with Petro are available. Consult with him on timekeeping and billing software, hardware, and office equipment purchases, business and financial planning, personnel, operations, or other practice management issues. Call (608) 250-6012 or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6012, to schedule your private consultation.

    This series is hosted by the State Bar’s Practice 411 Law Office Management Assistance Program. Tuition is $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Register online for the Sept. 14 seminar or call the State Bar at (800) 728-7788.