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ABA Legal Malpractice Conference Looks at the Economic Impact on Claims

Former Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham to speak at luncheon

CHICAGO, April 13, 2009 – Topics related to the economic meltdown are on the agenda during the 2009 Spring National Legal Malpractice Conference April 22 – 24 at the InterContinental Miami.  The three-day conference, sponsored by the _ Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, brings together the nation’s professional liability and risk management community.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who is the luncheon speaker on Thursday, April 23, has a long history of public service, serving as U.S. senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005 and governor of the state from 1979 to 1987.  A graduate of the University of Florida and Harvard University Law School, Graham served in the Florida legislature prior to 1979.

In addition to Graham’s speech, the conference offers two plenary sessions.  The first plenary at 8:45 a.m., Thursday, April 23, features insurance industry experts who will discuss such implications of the current economic environment as how insurers are adjusting to a landscape of altered exposures and quick-trigger clients, pointing out how to identify enhanced-risk practice areas.

The second plenary at 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 24, looks at when and how to use jury consultants, focus groups and mock trials in preparing to try a case.

The conference will present sessions on the latest trends and topics in legal malpractice insurance, including:

  • The impact of the economic meltdown on claims trends
  • Understanding the ethical dilemmas posed by lawyer mobility
  • Loss prevention in the new area of fraud targeting lawyers
  • Building a technology system to keep sensitive client and firm information safe

The conference offers CLE credit for lawyers and CEUs for insurance professionals.  Details on CLE and CEU credit are listed in the conference brochure, which is available at: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/lpl/conference.html .
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