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    The State Bar Practice411 Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers program, in Eau Claire on April 4, focuses on what should lawyers know about computer security, backups, and metadata to protect their clients and alternative fee arrangements.
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    March 5, 2014 – Is it illegal for your client to hack into a spouse’s email account? Did you know that an iPhone can be turned into a listening device with a small piece of software? What should lawyers know about computer security, backups, and metadata to protect their clients? Do you have questions about the changed landscape of legal fees? The next State Bar Practice411 Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers series on April 4 in Eau Claire focuses on these issues.

    First Session – Don’t Be Afraid of Alternative Billing: Establishing Value-based Services Through Fees, Alternative Fee Arrangements and Billing

    Learn about the changing landscape of legal fees. Clients have more choices than ever before from competing lawyers and nonlawyer legal service providers. Alternative fee arrangements are gaining popularity, helping lawyers meet the challenges of the changing legal environment while delivering value and quality service to their clients. This session, presented by Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, addresses:

    • The ethical rules regarding establishing your fees and the factors to be considered

    • How the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct are affected by using different alternative fee arrangements

    • How clients perceive value for legal services

    • Understanding value and how to determine alternative fees

    • Using technology to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and value

    • Implementing alternative fee arrangements

    Petro has 14 years of solo legal practice experience and 12 years as CEO of CenCom Legal Technologies, which he founded to help lawyers and their staff deal with the practice management issues facing them.

    Second Session – Dirty Tricks: Understanding Spying, Hacking & Stealing Data in Legal Matters

    Is it illegal for your client to hack into a spouse’s email account? Did you know that an iPhone can be turned into a listening device with a small piece of software? What should lawyers know about computer security, backups, and metadata to protect their clients? More and more, desperate clients are resorting to desperate techno-tricks to gain an advantage in a legal matter, but often lawyers don’t know what to do when confronted with the fact their client may have hacked into private data. Find out about the methods clients are using to “get a leg up” in their legal matter and what lawyers need to know about illegal spying and hacking. This session is presented by Todd Scott.

    Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance (MLM) Company vice president of risk management, helps lawyers select and implement software systems appropriate to their particular practice. Scott previously served as attorney/claims representative for MLM, and headed its technology subsidiary, Mutual Software.

    Tuition is $84 for members, $39 for Ultimate Pass holders, and $99 for nonmembers. The program will be submitted for up to 3.5 CLE and EPR credits. Register online.

    About Practice411

    Practice411 is a State Bar of Wisconsin program that assists lawyers in improving their efficiency in the delivery of legal services and in implementing systems and controls to reduce risk and improve client relations. This seminar is part of Practice411’s Breakfast and Business Series, which travels statewide giving members the opportunity to meet other lawyers and hear about solutions for their law practice management issues.