Protecting Client Confidential Information

Session type
Live webcast
Ethics credits
Total credits
Credit status
Pending Approval
Cost notes

Free to all Legal Aid of North Carolina employees and volunteers

Program Overview:

This program will discuss an attorney's duty of confidentiality, provide an overview of Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and dig into permissible disclosures of confidential information.  Then we will move onto inadvertent disclosures of confidential information, what constitutes "reasonable efforts" to prevent such disclosures, common disclosure traps and then discuss best practices and the importance of cyber security policies. 


Celia Pistolis is a double Tar Heel, having received a BA with Honors in Classics and her JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Litigation Director with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.  Prior to being named Litigation director, she served as Assistant Director of Advocacy and Compliance.  She is a member of the NC Bar Association, the NC Advocates for Justice and the NC Association of Women Attorneys. She has served as an advisory member of the NC State Bar's Authorized Practice Committee for more than seven years. In 2001, the NC Bar Association recognized her as the Outstanding Legal Services Attorney of the Year. She has provided training and written on various ethics and consumer law topics.

Vilma Suarez graduated with honors from Dickinson School of Law now Penn State School of Law. She has been employed by Legal Services since 1985. She was awarded the Julian Pierce Award for Outstanding Advocacy in 1993 and the NCBA Outstanding Legal Service Attorney award in 1998. She was the managing attorney of the Smithfield Legal Aid Office from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, she became the Senior Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Helpline.


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