Law Firm Technology and Ethics Online CLE, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert Featuring Grammy-Winning Songwriter Josh Kear

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Thursday, August 27: Seminar: 6:00 pm | Concert: 7:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional CLE
MCLE Credit 1.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $10 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $65



Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


Law Firm Technology and Ethics: The Lawyer's Duty of Technological Competence Under Rules 1.1 and 1.6

Each and every new piece of technology has associated risks that must be weighed against the benefits, but few of us ever stop to think about it. Some of the risks in our practice are simple and easy to understand; the risks associated with the use of technology in the practice of law are not as simple and, what is worse, they change almost daily.

Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (competence in the practice of law) and 1.6 (safeguarding client secrets) now require lawyers to confront and balance the risks and rewards of technology in our work. As the Rules make clear, it is not necessary for lawyers to guarantee the security of their technology; and that’s a good thing because it is impossible for any of us to guarantee the security of our technology. However, as practitioners we are required to take reasonable steps to secure our office technology and our clients’ information.

This program will discuss what measures to take to secure office technology and clients’ information. This seminar will also review rule changes and discuss how the changes have played out over the last six years.

Topics Covered:

  • Review the Rules of Professional Conduct changes as they relate to law firm technology
  • Discuss the current risks associated with using technology
  • Hear a detailed discussion on how to competently safeguard clients’ information


Josh Kear is a four time Grammy-winning Nashville-based songwriter who has become known as one of the country genre’s most consistent hitmakers.

His breakthrough #1 song was Carrie Underwood’s massive hit “Before He Cheats,” which spent five weeks at the top of the charts.

“Need You Now” by Lady A won Grammys for both Country Song of the Year and Overall Song of the Year in 2011. YOU CAN LISTEN TO "NEED YOU NOW"  HERE.

Josh also won Grammy awards for Country Song of the Year for “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away.” Josh remains the only songwriter to win the Country Song of the Year Grammy three times.

Other number one songs include “Most People Are Good” and “Drunk on You” by Luke Bryan, “God, Your Mama and Me” by Florida Georgia Line (featuring Backstreet Boys), “Highway Don’t Care” by Tm McGraw (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), “Drunk on a Plane” by Dierks Bentley, “Neon Light” by Blake Shelton, “Helluva Life” by Frankie Ballard, “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr, and “Drinking Class” by Lee Brice.

Josh has received three ASCAP country Song of the Year awards for “Before He Cheats,” “Need You Now,” and “Drunk On You.” In 2013 he was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $65. Cost for the online concert only is $10. And as always, the entire share of VACLE revenue will support Virginia Law Foundation grants made to underfunded law-related not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's 16pxst not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at 16px.

To join our dear friends at NSAI as a member, or simply for more information about all they do to make our world more special, please visit

Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sensei Enterprises, Inc. is a nationally-known cybersecurity, managed IT services, and digital forensics firm, founded in 1997 by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Sensei provides information technology to hundreds of businesses in the DC Metro area. Sensei provides digital forensics and managed cybersecurity services nationwide.

Sharon D. Nelson is a practicing attorney and the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. She is a past president of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a co-author of 18 books published by the ABA. 

John W. Simek is vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker and a nationally known expert in the area of digital forensics. He and Sharon provide legal technology, cybersecurity and digital forensics services from their Fairfax, Virginia firm.

Registration Deadline: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for this seminar the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through midnight of AUGUST 25. Full refunds may be requested through AUGUST 31 if you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


CONCERT AND CLE SCHEDULE (August 27) (Eastern Time)

6:00 Online CLE: Law Firm Technology and Ethics: The Lawyer’s Duty of Technological Competence Under Rules 1.1 and 1.6
7:00 Josh Kear Concert Begins!
8:00 Adjourn



Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax

Zachary Kitts is a partner at K&G Law Group, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of qui tam litigation and other complex civil litigation matters. 

Mr. Kitts has been involved in a number of precedent-setting VFATA cases, including Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Siddiqui v. Navy Federal, Commonwealth ex rel. FX Analytics v. Bank of New York Mellon, and Lewis v. City of Alexandria.  He is widely recognized as an expert on state FCA legislation, and he has testified before numerous state legislatures about Virginia’s experience with the VFATA.  He was also the primary architect of the comprehensive 2011 amendments to the VFATA.

Mr. Kitts has prosecuted a wide variety of qui tam claims in state and federal courts across the country against health care providers, defense contractors, financial institutions, and others. To date, his cases have returned more than $104 million to the public fisc.

Mr. Kitts is also a member of the Virginia State Bar’s standing committee on professionalism and is a member of the Virginia Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course faculty.  He has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2011, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015; in 2019 he was named Qui Tam Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from George Mason University in 1998 and his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001.

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