2016 Free Ethics IVN: Technology Competence: The New Ethical Mandate for North Dakota Lawyers and t
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When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
1:00 PM
Where: United States

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Technology Competence: The New Ethical Mandate for North Dakota Lawyers and the Practice of Law Self Study: 3.0 CLE Ethics Credit - $95 Materials Online 

The North Dakota Supreme Court has adopted the technology amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct that were proposed by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and approved by the ABA in August 2012. The rules changes to the North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct are effective March 1, 2016. They are intended to ensure that lawyers' use of technology complies with their ethical obligations to protect clients' confidential information in this digital age.
The changes include technology competence in protecting client confidences and requiring that reasonable steps be taken to safeguard client confidences against unauthorized access and disclosure, not only within a law firm, but also outsourcing to third parties. 
In this presentation, we will: 

  • Review the new changes to the rules with an emphasis on the tecinology-confidentiality amendments; 
  • Provide a brief hisotry of the charge of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and what prompted the proposed rules changes; 
  • Discuss what technologies are being used by lawyers in the practice of law and how those technologies present ethical challenges for lawyers; and 
  • Discuss what lawyers can and should do to comply with their ethical obligations, including developing and implementing information security practices and programs.

The presentation will include the assistance of technology expertise to help lawyers understand the technologies, the benefits and risks of their use, and what measures can be taken to protect information that is obtained, received, created, stored, and transmitted by lawyers.


Ms. Tracy Vigness Kolb
Tracy Vigness Kolb has been practicing law in North Dakota since 1995. She has practiced in the private and public sector handling litigation, administrative and legislative matters, and legal and regulatory compliance matters, particularly in the health care setting. Tracy has an in-depth working knowledge of HIPPAA and HITECH and other data privacy and security laws; and has counseled and assisted clients and lawyers in their compliance of efforts with these laws that includes developing data privacy and secuty programs. Among other privacy and security-related work and projects, Tracy was a member of the American Bar Association's HITECH Task Force, a group of lawyers that worked over five years studying and developing analyses, templates, forms and educational materials dealing with key HITECH privacy and security compliance issues.
Ken Satkunam
Ken Satkunam is president and founder of NorthStar Technology Group, a leading Information Technology firm in Fargo, N.D. Since 1994, Ken has served nearly every IT role, from technical support ot CIO for healthcare organizations as large as 23,000 employees. His current role is to provide leadership and direction to his passionate team of engineers and strategic direction for NorthStar's valued clients. Ken is a frequent presenter and has contributed information security content to leading industry journals like eWeek and DM News. He can be found most weekends in local gyms cheering for both his son's basketball teams.

Event Cost: Member $0.00
Member - Self Study $95.00
Credit Hours: Ethics 3 hr(s)
Registration Closes: March 16, 2016 1:00 PM

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