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Practicing Civility, Keeping Your Data Secure and Staying Sane During COVID (Ethics, Technology and SA/MH)

12:55       Welcome and Introductions

1:00        Should We Be Nice? A Discussion on Civility and Professionalism*

Aida Doss Havel, Law Office of Aida Doss Havel, Rodanthe

We're taught to use the rules of civil procedure, criminal procedure and evidence to gain every tactical advantage we can in pursuit of prevailing in a case. It's a game and the best player wins. But how does winning the game affect our relationships with our colleagues? Equally important, how does a tactical and strategic win affect the relationship between the parties we are representing? This session focuses on the ethics of being civil and professional while modeling good behavior, repairing relationships and still advocating for our clients.

2:00         Break

2:10         Best Mental Health Practices in a COVID-19 Environment†

Nicole "Nicki" Ellington, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Raleigh
Richard E. Hicks Ph.D., HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PA, Chapel Hill

COVID-19 has remade the practice of law and created new mental health stresses for practitioners. Help is on the way.

3:10         Break

3:20          Data Security: Tricks Used by the Bad Guys and Your Tools to Counteract*‡

Eva Lorenz, Agio, Morrisville

This session focuses on best practices in cybersecurity for lawyers. Starting off with a foundation in the rules of professional ethics and why knowing how to secure data in the digital age is important for lawyers, we then cover a number of best practices that are generally applicable to lawyers, ranging from solo practitioners to attorneys in large firms. Citing recent examples of breaches, also learn about social engineering attacks as well as why, in view of the SolarWinds breach, vendor security is a crucial component of data security in a law firm.

4:20         Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


This program offers important reminders on how to focus on the ethics of being civil and professional, how to keep your data secure, and where to find help during times of stress.


  • Nicole "Nicki" Ellington

    Nicole "Nicki" Ellington has been a counselor since 2005 and has been working at the Lawyer Assistance Program for the past 6 years as the Eastern Clinical Coordinator. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS).

    Nicki received her MA in Counseling at Marymount University (Arlington, VA) and her BA in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH). She has served diverse populations including adults and adolescents, couples, families, and active duty service members. She has helped clients suffering from both substance abuse and a wide variety of mental health disorders. Her professional experience includes intensive in-home counseling, out-patient substance abuse and mental health counseling, out-patient counseling for the U.S. Army and working in private practice.

    Through her diverse range of clinical experiences, Nicki has been able to continuously discover and nurture her passion for providing therapeutic services in the community.

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  • Aida Doss Havel

    Aida Doss Havel, Law Office of Aida Doss Havel, Rodanthe

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  • Richard E. Hicks Ph.D.

    Richard E. Hicks Ph.D. is the Executive Director of HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PA in Chapel Hill, the Director of Employee Assistance Programs at HRC, and a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist. He received his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He obtained his Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the UNC-Chapel Hill. He has provided psychological services to adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings since 1998. He currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Psychological Association.

    Dr. Hicks is passionate about translating knowledge from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical and supportive strategies for health, fulfillment, and personal success. He sees adults, couples, and adolescents. His clinical work draws from a variety of traditions, including cognitive behavioral and mindfulness therapies.

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  • Eva Lorenz

    Eva Lorenz, Agio, Morrisville

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February 26, 2021
Fri 12:55 PM EST

Duration 3H 25M

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