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Fulfill Your Ethics MCLE Requirements
Below is a short list of our highest rated Ethics Courses. Choose from the list or see all of our CLE Courses that fulfill the Ethics Requirement in the course catalog.
Ethical Issues in Whistleblower Litigation
Faculty: John Howley
What should you do if a client shows up with copies of his employer’s confidential documents? What if the client’s employer is a hospital and the documents are private medical records of individual patients? May you review the documents? Use them to prepare a lawsuit? What are your obligations to the owner of the confidential information? This program will address the unique ethical issues lawyers face in whistleblower litigation under the False Claims Act and other statutes that provide incentives for whistleblowers to report fraud and abuse. Topics covered include:
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Minimizing the Attorney's Risk of Embezzlement and Internal Fraud
Faculty: Morris Nunes
With all of the obligations that attorneys have, it is very easy to neglect to focus their time and energy on the smooth operation of their firms. This makes it ripe for attorneys to be at a heightened risk of theft or embezzlement. Join Morris Nunes in this CLE program that will help attorneys understand this critical topic. Mr. Nunes will provide the eye-opening statistics, address practical concerns, and explain how to identify the chief suspects. He will also go through the types of theft that can occur, and how to take preventative measures. This will be an extremely important course that all attorneys should watch as it may help them prevent a financial catastrophe!
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Cutting Edge Ethics
Faculty: Michael Ross
Join one of Lawline.com's most esteemed faculty members, Michael Ross, in this CLE presentation that will cover current ethical issues that attorneys face in the practice of law. Using the New York Rules of Professional Conduct as a framework, some of the issues that are covered are what to do when approached with two clients who may have potential conflicts, aspects of attorney-client privilege, what attorneys should do when if they are the recipient of stolen evidence or illegal statements, and some exceptions to help attorneys avoid breaking the law. This is a great and rare experience to learn how to avoid violating your state's Rules of Professional Conduct by one of the nation's leading legal ethics experts.… (view course)
Substance Abuse, Elimination of Bias, and Ethics . . . Oh My!
Faculty: Wendy L. Patrick
Join Chair of the SDCBA Ethics Committee Wendy Patrick Mazzarella for a comprehensive presentation on elimination of bias, substance abuse, and legal ethics. Mazzarella highlights the differences between the ABA Model Rules and the rules of individual jurisdictions, paying special attention to the California Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Rules. Additionally, she provides tips for detecting substance abuse and bias, as well as strategies for removing bias and seeking treatment for substance abuse. This program also provides attorneys with multiple resources to consult when coping with various ethical dilemmas.… (view course)
Using the Rules of Professional Conduct to Reduce Malpractice and Promote Recovery
Faculty: Kenneth Hagreen
In all work environments, a high amount of stress can cause employees to abuse drugs and trigger mental illnesses. These problems are especially problematic for attorneys as their resulting sloppy work, spotty attendance, and unreliability create a poor work environment and unhappy clients. Join Kenneth Hagreen, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, in this presentation that covers the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) that are implicated in these compromising situations. Mr. Hagreen explains how supervising attorneys are often held liable for their subordinates’ actions, and why implementing solid policies and procedures can greatly reduce the risk of malpractice lawsuits. The second half of Mr. Hagreen’s presentation focuses on (1) recognizing signs of a substance abuse, gambling addiction, depression, or other illnesses, and (2) how a law firm can conduct an effective intervention and recovery plan. This program is valuable for all attorneys as it will empower them to handle these problematic situations likely to be encountered in their practice of law.
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Avoiding Ethical Violations and Malpractice Suits
Faculty: Daniel Abrams
All attorneys are aware that they could be sued for malpractice, but what they don’t know is the primary reason why a client may sue them. In this program, ethics expert Daniel Abrams shares the major motives for malpractice litigation and how to avoid these suits. He explains what plaintiffs’ attorneys look for in a potential malpractice case as well as the common litigation stages where attorneys can get into trouble. You will also learn which clients to avoid all together, how to handle clients who contact you over the Internet, and how to “just say no” and decline representation within the parameters of the Ethics rules. Through his examination of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Mr. Abrams provides attorneys with a helpful guide to communicating with their clients to avoid malpractice suits in the future, particularly with respect to legal bills. Concluding with important tips on protecting yourself and your firm, this course will be helpful to attorneys in all practice areas.… (view course)
Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel
Faculty: Partner Peter A. Walker, Partner Christopher Lowe
The role of in-house counsel has become vastly more complicated in the decade since the Enron scandal. Serving as the company's lawyer today means that one must clearly define what role he or she is playing at any given time, to avoid conflicts of interest and inadvertently compromising attorney-client privilege and work product protections. Join attorneys Peter A. Walker and Christopher Lowe for an interactive discussion of the ethics considerations that need to be top-of-mind for in-house counsel in today's business environment. The speakers will utilize case studies and hypotheticals to take attendees through the specific ethical issues faced by in-house counsel. This course focuses on New York and New Jersey Ethics Rules and case law.… (view course)
The Ethical Hurdles and Lessons of International Reparations: Reclaiming Assets Stolen by the Nazis
Faculty: Paul Kerson, Joseph Yamaner
When the dust settled after World War II, compensation for war victims for assets or property seized by the Nazis was often ignored or evaded until it could be addressed at a more “suitable” time. And even more difficult for attorneys was figuring out the tenuous balance between advocating zealously for their clients as per attorney ethics and addressing the larger social picture. Join attorneys Paul Kerson and Joseph Yamaner as they draw upon their personal experiences in navigating the delicate balancing act of fighting for the rights of their World War II war victim client(s) but also taking into considerations the bigger social implications of trying to reclaim Jewish assets that Nazis seized during WWII. This CLE teaches attorneys how to proceed when a client approaches you about this type of war crime seizure case, and specifically, what are the ethical implications that you should consider before commencing an action.… (view course)