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Ethics: A Review of Traditional Issues and a Discussion of Ethics in the Cyber Age

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  • Description
    The lecture, which will be presented in a round-table discussion including audience participation, will provide a review of the traditional areas of ethical concerns, including the establishment and termination of the attorney-client relationship, attorney's fees, marketing and advertising the legal practice and the duty of candor toward the tribunal as well as exploring the ethical issues resulting from communication in cyber space, including firms web pages, social media, cloud-computing, the requirements of maintaining client confidentiality in electronic communications, and advising clients regarding restricting the public's access to a client's social media postings. Topics Covered include: • The attorney/client relationship, when established and the need for engagement letters • The traditional duty of client confidentiality • Attorney's fees • Marketing the legal practice traditionally and in cyber space • Maintaining client confidentiality in electronic communications • Lawyer free speech • Lawyers marketing via social medial • Employing social media to gain a strategic advantage
  • Instructor Bio

    Gary Lang

    Gary Lang works primarily with individuals, as a litigator and counselor, in Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury, and Product Liability Cases. Enjoying the intellectual challenge of this field, Gary has been instrumental in changing several major hospital policies. Gary has been with the firm since 1983, and is now a Senior Shareholder and Chair of the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Litigation Group.

    Gary strongly believes that attorneys should give back to their profession and to the community. In 2009, Gary was presented with an award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, honoring Lang's long-time dedication to pro bono legal work with Protection from Abuse (PFA) cases. In 2000, Gary received an Achievement Award from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation also for his dedication to pro bono work with PFA cases. He is also Founding Member and Charter Member of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, including the charitable arm of the Allegheny County Bar Association. In addition to serving on various civic boards, Gary has served as the President of the Council of the Borough of Pleasant Hills (1990-1995) and he is involved with the Board of Governors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a nationwide organization that serves the underprivileged.

    Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the College of William and Mary and his Juris Doctor from Capital University. He is a former Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee, and a member and former Director of the Board of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Gary is also one of only approximately 2,500 nationwide attorneys certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate. Gary is a frequent lecturer and author. He co-authored the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual and has been published in the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership of which is restricted to lawyers who have received a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. Also, the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine have named him a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for the past four years. An avid runner, Gary has completed 18 marathons in the past 20 years, including running the Pittsburgh Marathon 12 times.

    Justin Papciak

    Justin is an associate in the Pittsburgh law firm of Feldstein Grinberg Lang & McKee, P.C. where he focuses on both civil and criminal litigation. Justin practices in both the Pennsylvania state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He has prosecuted numerous misdemeanor and felony offenses, including hundreds of DUI cases. His experience with prosecuting DUI cases ranges from advising law enforcement as to the initial charge to suppression hearings and, ultimately, trial. Justin also served a member of the Appellate Practice Section where he authored briefs for review by the Pennsylvania appellate courts. He also served as a judicial law clerk where he was introduced to a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. Justin earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Prior to entering law school, Justin worked in the Private Wealth Management Section of Mellon Bank (now BNY Mellon). He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2009. During law school, Justin was Executive Comment Editor of the Duquesne Business Law Journal. He also gained practical experience as a judicial extern and represented individual investors as a student-attorney through the Duquesne Securities Arbitration Practicum.

    Howard Murphy

    Howard F. Murphy is a Shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group of Feldstein Grinberg Lang & McKee. Mr. Murphy received his B.A. degree, suma cum laude, in 1994 and he received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 1998 both from the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate, he was appointed to the Dean's List on numerous occasions in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement. While in law school, Howard was in the top ten percent of his class and, as a result, was invited to become a member of Law Review and, upon graduation, the Order of the Coif. Howard was also awarded the Dean's Scholarship and CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Contracts. Howard's primary practice area is Plaintiff Personal Injury. He has handled many Auto Accident Cases to conclusion.