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 - 9:45 and 1:00 - 2:00, James L. Csontos
- The Current Perception of the Profession and the Public
- Definition of Professionalism – Mandatory or Permissive?
- Code of Professional Conduct and Other Ethical Canons
- 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
- Cases on the Professionalism/Ethics Continuum
- Tacky Advertising
- Judicial Professionalism
IDENTIFYING AND AVOIDING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
10:00 - 11:00 and 2:15 - 3:15, David D. Dodge
- Types of Conflicts of Interest
- Consequences of Conflicts of Interest
- The Attorney-Client Relationship
- Vicarious Disqualification
- Motions for Disqualification
ETHICAL TRAPS IN THE USE OF E-MAIL
11:00 - 12:00 and 3:15 - 4:15, Peter S. Kozinets
- When is There a Presumption of Confidentiality in Electronic Communication?
- How Secure are Your Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail E-Mails?
- Disclaimers: Can They do More Harm Than Good?
- What to do if You Inadvertently Disclose Confidential ESI to Your Adversary
- What to do When Your Adversary Discloses Confidential ESI to You