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Online via Zoom

TUESday, February 27, 2024
4PM – 5:15pm

This is the second program in a 3-part series exploring the impact of aging for legal professionals.

 

As guardians of justice, lawyers are entrusted with upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct. However, the challenges of lawyers with cognitive decline complicate these matters. When an attorney starts to miss deadlines, court dates or more damaging mistakes due to cognitive impairment, what do we do? What are our obligations to our clients, the firm and each other?

We will explore:

    • Proactive strategies to maintain ethical standards and integrity
    • Best practices and safeguards to mitigate risks
    • The Rules of Professional Conduct
    • How to have vital conversations with lawyers and clients to maintain dignity

 

PART 1
COGNITIVE DECLINE: WHAT EVERY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE AGING BRAIN [On Demand Webinar]

RELATED
FUEL FOR THOUGHT: NUTRITION AND COGNITIVE WELLNESS FOR LAWYERS [30-Min. Webinar]

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Meet Our Panel

Stacey Best, Esq.
Executive Director, LCL MA
MODERATOR

 

Stacey Best joined LCL in 2021 as the Executive Director and, in that role is responsible for the strategic direction, daily operation, and management of the staff of both LCL and LOMAP. Stacey represents and participates with key stakeholders at various agencies and Committees of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), including the SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, the BBO, and the Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism to improve the quality of the legal profession.

Stacey joined LCL after spending 18 years with the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) and the Office of Bar Counsel (OBC). Most recently Stacey served as the Acting Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the BBO, a newly created role. At the BBO, Stacey investigated alleged violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and litigated all stages of the disciplinary proceedings including all appeals.

Stacey began her career as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).  She tried cases at the district and superior court levels representing indigent clients charged with felonies. Stacey is also a former clinical instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) at Harvard Law School, where several of her students tried cases. Stacey enjoys mentoring and teaching in a variety of settings including CLE, bar associations and law schools.

Stacey is a “transplant” from California to the Boston, Massachusetts area. She is a 1995 graduate of the Boston College School of Law.

Erin Higgins, Esq.
Managing Partner and Co-chair of the Professional Liability Group, Conn Kavanaugh

Erin Higgins is Managing Partner and Co-chair of the Professional Liability group at Boston-based litigation and transactional law firm, Conn Kavanaugh. Her practice focuses on representing lawyers and other types of professionals against errors and omissions claims. Having served a four-year term on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, she also represents lawyers in disciplinary matters and advises lawyers on ethics issues, working toward resolutions that protect reputations. She is an experienced appellate advocate, having argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit.

Erin lives in Arlington, MA with her husband, also a lawyer, and multiple dogs.

Arnold (Arnie) Rosenfeld, Esq.
Solo Practitioner, Boston

Arnold (Arnie) Rosenfeld presently is a solo practitioner in Boston, concentrating on representing lawyer/clients in bar discipline cases, as an expert witness on legal malpractice cases, and an advisor to lawyers and law firms on legal/ethical matters and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Prior to practicing solo, Attorney Rosenfeld was Senior Counsel at Sarrouf Law for nine years, and, prior to that, was Of Counsel in the Boston Office of K&L Gates for eleven years. He served as the Chief Bar Counsel of the Office of the Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) from 1991-1999 and as the first Chief Counsel of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) from 1984-1990. He was a public defender for sixteen years and additionally served as a member of the CPCS Board, appointed by the SJC, from 2006-2020. During his legal career, he has been the lead counsel in over thirty-five jury trials and in over twenty-five appellate cases in the state and federal courts.

Attorney Rosenfeld has been an Adjunct Professor, teaching Professional Responsibility, at Northeastern University School of Law since 1995 and was a Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law from 1989 to 2012.

His other honors include serving as the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline from 2013-2016; being an elected member of the American Law Institute; and being named the Wasserstein Public Service Fellow in Residence at Harvard Law School in 1997. He also has received several other awards: the prestigious St. Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School in 2001, and the Thurgood Marshall Award, in 2008, and the Clarence Earl Gideon Award, in 2020, from the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Attorney Rosenfeld served as an officer on active duty in the U.S. Army (Infantry) from 1963-1965 and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968.

Tracey Meyers, Psy.D.
Staff Clinician, LCL MA

Dr. Tracey Meyers, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Massachusetts, certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist. She joined LCL MA in August of 2020 following her work for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services where she spent over 15 years working in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Tracey has a strong commitment to integrative medicine for mental health and wellness and leads mindfulness and yoga programs for groups, individuals, and professionals in the workplace. Read more about Tracey here.

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