Prof. Trachtenberg to present CLE on Legal Ethics and the Coronavirus on May 13

In lieu of the regular May meeting, the BCBA will be offering an Ethics CLE via videoconference on Wednesday, May 13 from noon – 1 p.m. The BCBA will sponsor this virtual CLE, and the presentation will be free to all BCBA members.  The session will be presented by MU School of Law professor Ben Trachtenberg.

Prof. Trachtenberg’s talk will cover ethical issues raised by the Coronavirus pandemic, including duties that lawyers have if they become ill, the duties of “diligence” and “competence” during an emergency, client communications during social distancing, and the perils and promise of remote work.

Professor Trachtenberg joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2010. He is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the MU Law faculty, Prof. Trachtenberg clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was a litigator at Covington & Burling LLP assigned to white collar investigations and civil securities cases. While in practice, Professor Trachtenberg also handled pro bono representations in housing and employment law matters. He currently teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Practice.

Approval of 1.2 hours of Ethics CLE credit has been requested from the Missouri Bar.  The virtual CLE will be hosted on the Zoom platform. To ensure capacity, please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 by emailing BCBA Vice President Gretchen Yancey at

The CLE will be in group call/screen sharing format, so if you call in to participate, please make sure to use the mute feature to minimize background noise during the presentation.  Questions for Prof. Trachtenberg during the presentation can be asked through the chat function.