Practical Strategies for Upholding Your Impeccable Reputation
A lawyer's task as a facilitator of law and justice is an ancient and noble occupation, and upholding its reputation is the duty of each practicing attorney. This course offers an in-depth analysis of some of the most sensitive problems troubling legal professionals today. Learn practical techniques for their detection and prevention to maintain the highest standard of the profession. Don't risk unintentionally jeopardizing your license – register today!
- Clarify the current standards of professionalism with our complete review of legal practitioner's obligations to the parties involved in the legal process.
- What you don't know can hurt you: learn how to confidently identify and avoid conflicts of interest to close the door on potential legal malpractice claims.
- Take a closer look at the unique nature and responsibilities of the attorney-client relationship.
- Help break the vicious cycle: assess the personal and societal impact of performance-enhancing drugs and alcohol.
- Gain simple tips that'll help you detect and address depression and burnout, and help a colleague or yourself to turn back to a fulfilling career in the law.
- Identify hidden biases and find out how to prevent and alleviate them.
AN ATTORNEY'S GUIDE TO PROFESSIONALISM
8:45 - 9:30 and 1:00 - 1:45, Marshall C. Deason
- Historical Background
- High Point in the Noble Profession of Lawyers
- The Current Perception of the Profession and the Public
- Definition of Professionalism – Mandatory or Permissive?
- Statutory Requirements
- Code of Professional Conduct and Other Ethical Canons
- Cases on the Professionalism/Ethics Continuum
- Attorney's Obligations to the Client
- Attorney's Obligations to Other Counsel, Parties and Witnesses
- Attorney's Obligations to Tribunal
- Applicability of the Ethics Code to Matters of Courtesy
- Tacky Advertising
- Judicial Professionalism
IDENTIFYING AND AVOIDING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
9:30 - 10:15 and 1:45 - 2:30, Marshall C. Deason
- Types of Conflicts of Interest
- Consequences of Conflicts of Interest
- The Attorney-Client Relationship
- Vicarious Disqualification
- Motions for Disqualification
10:30 - 11:00 and 2:45 - 3:15, Gary S. Weisman
- Some Functional Definitions of Addiction
- Primary Classifications of Substance
- Performance-Enhancing Drug Abuse
- Alcoholism in the Legal Profession
- Spotting Signs and Symptoms of Various Types of Substance Abuse
- What do We Mean When We Say it's a Disease?
- Ultimate Personal and Professional Costs of Doing Nothing
- Avoiding Treatment…Why?
- Promoting Recovery
11:00 - 11:30 and 3:15 - 3:45, Gary S. Weisman
- Definition and Common Types of Bias
- How do Bias Issues Affect Conduct Between Lawyers in a Judicial Setting?
- Laws Prohibiting Bias
- Preventing Bias in a Legal Setting
- Dealing With Bias When it Does Happen
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
11:30 - 12:00 and 3:45 - 4:15, Gary S. Weisman
- Definition of “Debilitating Mental Condition”
- Disorders and Conditions Related to Depression
- Common Causes of Depression and Burnout
- Main Contributors: Stress and Anxiety
- Excessive Workload
- Lack of Control Over How the Job is Executed
- No Recognition for Accomplishments
- Lack of Cooperation and Support Within the Team
- Unfair Decision-Making Practices
- Conflict of Personal and Organizational Values
- Spotting Signs of Depression and Burnout
- Prevention Tips