LSSA IBA seminar: The new frontiers of legal ethics for young lawyers – Globalisation, social media and the business of law


Young lawyers engage with international and local speakers on the new frontiers of legal ethics and their relevance in practice to globalisation social media the new business of law

The event is an International Bar Association’s Bar Issues Commission  ‘Programme for Excellence’ and is presented jointly with the Law Society of South Africa. It is aimed at young attorneys under the age of 35.

Monday, 16 November 2015

08:30 to 16:00

Emperors Palace Conference Centre, Kempton Park

Cost (highly subsidised)
R150 (VAT incl per delegate)

About the programme
The new frontiers of legal ethics present risks and challenges to all legal professionals, especially to young attorneys new to these dynamics. However, attorneys can position themselves to be leaders in these areas, promoting the integrity of their profession and making ethical competence an asset in their careers.

This seminar will draw on the IBA International Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession as well as other IBA and LSSA instruments, to provide practical and engaging ethics training for young attorneys.

Speakers are international and local experts (see speaker panel below).

Register online here

1.     Proof of your LSSA EFT payment must be uploaded as part of this process.

2.     Account Holder: Law Society of South Africa
Bank: First National Bank Branch: Pretoria
Branch Code: 251445
Acc number: 62009641079 Account ref: (surname; cell no).

3.     The amount must be paid to the  designated LSSA bank account. The LSSA will not accept liability if fees are paid into any other bank account.

4.     Complete the form promptly or it may not recognise the 4 digit code and you will have to refresh (F5) and resubmit.


08:30 Registration
09:00 to 09:20 Opening Remarks and Welcome Address
Opening Remarks: Busani Mabunda
Welcome Address: Tshepo Shabangu and Anurag Bana
09:20 to 10:45 Session 1: Ethics in the globalised legal landscape: the convergence of law and business and the rise of multinational law firms
The legal landscape is experiencing the disruptive influence of new technologies, a globalised economy and regulatory changes such as those contained in the Legal Practice Act. This session will explore the new ethical issues in the globalised legal landscape.

Topics covered will include:
• Is there a convergence between law and business? If so, what new ethical challenges does this create?
• What will be the practical implications of the Legal Practice Act and how will the creation of the Legal Practice Council (LPC) impact on disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct.
• American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct on temporary practice of foreign lawyers (fly in fly out; choice of law issues in ethics).
• IBA International Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession
• Ethics and Legal Education – IBA Policy Guidelines for Training and Education of the Legal Profession (2011).

Speakers: Steven Richman and Kris Govender

10:45 to 11:00   Tea / Comfort break
11:00 to 12:30 Session 2: Important Tips for Lawyers – Ethics and Social Media
Social media is pervasive. It operates across personal and professional contexts. This session will explore the ethical issues that arise when lawyers use social media to communicate.

Discussion on:
• Can lawyers and judges be Facebook friends? What if lawyers have connected with judges on LinkedIn?
• Can lawyers tweet from court? What about judges and clients?
• What can lawyers post online? Can they post politically sensitive comments, comment on cases they are involved in or promote their services?
• How does this affect the administration of justice?

This session will draw upon the LSSA Social Media Guidelines and the IBA International Principles on Social Media Conduct for the Legal Profession (2014).

Speakers: Anurag Bana, Tana Pistorius and Freddy Mnyongani

12:30 to 13:15    Lunch Break
13:15 to 15:45 Session 3: Case Study – Ethical Pitfalls and Practical Advice
Professionalism vs Ethics and Multijurisdictional Practice

Practical themes involved in civil litigation and corporate practice, followed by panel discussions that illustrate and analyse common ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers. The panel will explore the many legal and ethical issues that arise across the profession, from new legal businesses to multijurisdictional practices when lawyers receive instructions or requests they believe are not ethical. Insights will be offered on how to deal with actual situations.
Discussion will also include the relevance of the IBA International Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession (2011) and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and how these guidelines can be put to effective use.

: Richard Scott, Steven Richman and Anurag Bana
15:45 to 16:00 Concluding Remarks/ Vote of Thanks – Nic Swart

Speaker Panel

  • Busani Mabunda, Co-Chairperson, Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and President, Black Lawyers Association
  • Richard Scott, Co-Chairperson, LSSA; Council Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society and Legal Education and Development (LEAD) Ethics Instructor
  • Steven Richman, Chairperson of IBA Multidisciplinary Practices Committee; Co-Chairperson of the American Bar Association International Law Section Ethics Committee; IBA Advisory Board Council Member of Section on Public and Professional Interest and Former Chair of the IBA Professional Ethics Committee
  • Anurag Bana, Senior Legal Adviser, IBA Head Office, London and Chairperson of IBA Social Media Working Group
  • Krish Govender, LSSA Council Member and Chairperson of LSSA Ethics Committee
  • Tana Pistorius, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, UNISA; Attorney and Notary; Member, National Cybersecurity Advisory Council
  • Freddy Mnyongani, Attorney and Senior Lecturer, UNISA
  • Tshepo Shabangu, Attorney and LSSA representative to the IBA Council
  • Nic Swart, Chief Executive Officer, LSSA and Director of Legal Education and Development (LEAD)
Programme queries
Programme content
Jeanne-Mari Retief
Tel: +27 (0)12 664 0461
Cell : +27 (0)74 687 6323
Registration queries
Annelie Dagnin
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4669/00
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