Speaker: Melissa Smart
Topic: Ethics of Beginning/Ending a practice
CLE credit approved for this seminar.
No CFP credit for this seminar.
Presentation Overview: Ms. Smart will discuss the professional responsibility implications and best practice tips for ethically beginning and ending your law practice. She will specifically discuss the Supreme Court’s new PMBR initiative, proper IOLTA/trust account set-up and management, and other law office management issues that will assist any practitioner, as well as those who are just starting their own practice. Ms. Smart will include a discussion on ethical implications of attorney marketing and paid attorney advertising services. She will also discuss how to ethically wrap-up your law practice, with specific discussion of different registration opportunities, client fund maintenance obligations, UPL prohibitions and pro bono opportunities.
Melissa A. Smart is litigation group manager and senior counsel at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), where she oversees a staff of litigation attorneys, investigates charges of lawyer misconduct and prosecutes disciplinary cases. Ms. Smart obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her law degree from The John Marshall School of Law, graduating cum laude. In 1999, Ms. Smart began her legal career with the ARDC. Having been a member of the Commission's staff for over a decade, she has investigated thousands of charges of professional misconduct and has been responsible for over 100 different formal disciplinary proceedings filed in the Supreme Court of Illinois or before various Commission Boards She has tried dozens of matters before the Commission Hearing Board. Ms. Smart is active in the CBA and is a current member of the ISBA. She has lectured and presented workshops regarding professional responsibility and disciplinary law to various bar association groups, government agencies, law firms, private organizations and law schools. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio programs. She has been selected to work on pilot programs for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, which have developed model courses on professional responsibility and CLE course facilitation. She was named as a Member of the Joint Illinois State Bar Association/Chicago Bar Association Special Committee on Ethics 2000 which reviewed existing Illinois ethics guidelines and suggested changes to the Illinois Supreme Court which formed the basis for the New 2010 Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
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- Networking begins at 7:15 a.m.
- Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m.
- Speaker Presentation at 8:00 a.m.
- Meeting concludes at 9:00 a.m.