November 2019 E-Newsletter

11/01/2019 -The Rhode Island Bar Association is excited to announce that a monthly e-newsletter will now be sent to our members featuring regular news from our communications, continuing legal education, and public services departments, in addition to relevant technology tips and membership benefits.


Superior Court Settlement Week

The RI Superior Court will conduct Settlement Week in the Frank Licht Judicial Complex during the week of December 9, 2019 from Monday through Wednesday. Only those cases in which clients' availability and willingness to negotiate have been confirmed will be mediated. Clients and those with settlement authority must be present. Lien holders must be informed by counsel of the mediation session and should be present or available by telephone for purposes of negotiation.

The Mediation Submission Form must be signed by counsel for all active parties involved with a case. A one page case summary must accompany each Submission Form. Submission Forms must be electronically filed no later than October 31, 2019; please use the code "Mediation Submission Form" (or "Mediation Summary") when filing and indicate in the comment box if you are filing for the Plaintiff or Defendant. When filing a Mediation Submission Form please ensure that all opposing counsel have agreed to participate and have been certified. It is imperative that the proper codes be used when filing electronically.


CLE Corner

There are so many great CLE programs being offered this November! Here are just a few:


An Overview of the Veterans Treatment Court
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a live webcast!
 
Recent Developments in the Law 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 6.0 credits + 1.0 ethics
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick
 
How to Impanel a Civil Jury in Superior Court
Thursday, November 14, 2019
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a live webcast!
 
The Downfall of Open & Obvious
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a live webcast!

    

Annual Meeting workshop proposals are due by

November 8th.

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is looking for your input! The 2020 Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held on June 18th and 19th. Each year the Annual Meeting Planning Committee’s goal is to develop two days of programming that will meet the diverse needs of Rhode Island practitioners at many levels of experience and areas of legal practice. Please consider submitting one or more workshops for consideration to help us plan a program that will meet the needs of the bar membership. Initial proposals consisting of a brief description of the proposed workshop are due by November 8, 2019

To access the 2020 Annual Meeting workshop proposal form click here. Please contact CLE Director Tanya Nieves at 401-421-5740 or tnieves@ribar.com if you have any questions.




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Committee News


 
Government Lawyers Committee


The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Government Lawyers Committee is sponsoring a free-to-Bar-members, one-credit, Committee CLE seminar. On Tuesday, November 12th, from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at Rhode Island Bar Association headquarters, 41 Sharpe Drive in Cranston. RI Office of Attorney General Civil Division Chief Rebecca Tedford Partington, Esq. and RI Office of Attorney General Assistant Attorney General Chrisanne Wyrzykowski, Esq. will present Ethics and Professionalism for Government Lawyers. The seminar will review the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct, the Standards for Professional Conduct within the Rhode Island Judicial System (which you may not have known existed!), relevant case law, and personal anecdotes to address the growing trend of the lack of civility and professionalism within modern civil litigation. What has gone wrong? Can it be fixed? Can an attorney behave ethically and professionally and still be a zealous advocate? The answers should be yes!

To register, and for additional information, please contact Amy Morales: Amy.Morales@dbr.ri.gov.


Pro Bono Matters

There's still one more chance to attend the last session of the three-part series, Saw It On the Internet. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness seasoned members of the bar portray the essential aspects of a contested custody hearing where electronic evidence is at the forefront, including the direct and cross exam of the plaintiff and expert witness. This third session, Direct & Cross Examination of Digital Evidence Expert Witness, begins with the direct and cross examination of the forensic expert, from Arsenal Consulting, followed by comments from the audience and the presenters.

This seminar is offered FREE OF CHARGE to all members of the Bar Association’s Pro Bono Programs who agree to accept a case prior to attending. You must agree to accept a pro bono family law case in order to complete the registration process. The staff will contact you with an available pro bono case or you may reach them at 401-421-7758, or contact: Elisa King eking@ribar.com or John Ellis at jellis@ribar.com.


Save the Date!

Rhode Island Law Day is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020. The classroom program topic will be Our Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100. In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. The Law Day 2020 theme urges all of us to explore these legacies while also encouraging citizens to exercise their rights and responsibilities as voters.

There is still time to volunteer to participate if you have not done so already! Bar members interested in volunteering for Rhode Island Law Day and the Bar’s other Law Related Education (LRE) programs are asked to contact the Bar’s Member Services Coordinator Erin Cute by telephone: (401) 421-5740 or email: ecute@ribar.com.


Technology Tip


The end is near . . . if you use Windows 7.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows 7 operating system. That means, if you use Windows 7, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10.

I know what you’re thinking: I’ll let it ride. But, sunsetting of product support is a big deal. It means Microsoft will no longer update Windows 7, and so system performance will degrade, increasingly over time. It also means that Microsoft will no longer offer security updates and patches for the system, and so it will become a massive security loophole for your law firm.

It’s not worth the risk. Make the move to Windows 10 today.

This tech tip is brought to you by the Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Consultant, Jared Correia, of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. If you need help with billing, client relations, data management, financial management, marketing, office technology, time management, disaster prevention & recovery, or any other area related to managing your practice, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting will provide Rhode Island Bar Association members with unlimited virtual consulting services (email, telephone, chat, video) FREE OF CHARGE. To get started, visit the Bar’s LPM page here, or just email Jared directly at jared@redcavelegal.com.


Lawyers Helping Lawyers

The legal profession faces issues of mental health in greater proportion than the rest of the population. Many bar associations across the country have found that personal stories of recovery from colleagues can help to remove the stigma associated with substance use disorder and mental/physical health issues. If you would like to submit an anonymous story for RI Bar Journal publication consideration, contact Kathleen Bridge at kbridge@ribar.com.

Confidential and free help, information, assessment and referral for personal challenges are available for Rhode Island Bar Association members and their families. This no-cost assistance is available through the Bar’s contract with Coastline Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and through the members of the Bar’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee. Coastline EAP is a private, nonprofit consulting service. Members may contact a LHL member, or go directly to professionals at Coastline EAP who provide confidential consultations for a wide range of personal health concerns. For more information, click here.

    

4 Tips for a Happier and Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? With these tips you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.

Portion Control: Be mindful and make only one trip to the buffet table. Choose only the foods you really want and keep your portions moderate.

Watch Out for Liquid Calories:
Calories from alcohol can sneak up on us during the holidays. Go easy on the booze to avoid excess sugar.

Don’t Deny Dessert: The holidays shouldn’t be about restricting certain foods! Stick to one slice of pie or sample small pieces of your favorite treats instead of going cold turkey at the dessert table.

Enjoy Great Company: The holidays are about family and friends! Make sure to emphasize spending quality time with the ones you love. 

 

New Attorney News

Bridge the Gap 
Friday, November 22, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RI Law Center, Cranston

The Bridge the Gap Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program was designed by the Rhode Island Supreme Court to help new Rhode Island attorneys make a smooth transition from law school to law practice. This one-day program is presented by a group of experienced practitioners who provide practical information about the business, ethical and professional components of successfully practicing law.


According to RI Supreme Court Rule 3.3 this course (or proof of exemption eligibility) is a requirement for new attorneys. For those admitted between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, the program must be completed by June 30, 2020. For those admitted from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, the program must be completed no later than June 30, 2021.