ABA Legal Malpractice Conference Brings More Than 500 Attendees To Boston


 Chicago,IL  (CompNewsNetwork) - The American Bar Association Spring 2008 Legal Malpractice Conference will bring more than 500 participants to Boston for a three-day session on legal liability issues for legal practitioners and insurance industry representatives.  The conference takes place April 16-18 at the Westin Copley Plaza.

 Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, the conference offers perspectives from the legal community and from insurance providers on such topics as new e-discovery rules, attorney-client privilege issues between inside and outside counsel, the art of risk management and emerging liability in intellectual property cases.

 Max H. Bazerman, director of the Harvard Law School Project on the Psychological Process of Negotiation, will discuss uncovering the truth, negotiating from a position of weakness and creating trusting relationships by looking at the processes driving the dynamics of negotiation.  His plenary session on “The Psychology of Negotiation” takes place Friday, April 18, at 8:45 a.m.

 That session is one of two plenaries and ten break-out sessions offered at the conference.  In addition, Boston lawyer Michael E. Mone, the first plaintiff's attorney to serve as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, will deliver the luncheon address on Thursday, April 17.

 “This conference allows us to bring together lawyers and insurance professionals in a collegial setting to examine a variety of topics concerning liability issues that impact the legal profession,” said Edith Matthai, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. “Our focus is on creating better understanding among all segments of the industry that are concerned with loss prevention for our clients.”

 Additional highlights include:

Are Attorneys Unpopular Defendants?
The Art of Risk Management for Lawyers Representing Lawyers
Coverage, Underwriting & Claims Handling through Muddy Waters

The conference offers CLE credit for lawyers and CEUs for insurance professionals.  The complete conference agenda is available at: http://www.abanet.org/lega lservices/lpl/conference.html .

 With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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