Ethics are defined as a set of moral principles or values. Etiquette is defined as the conduct or procedure required or prescribed by authority to be observed in official life. So far, the two seem in sync – ethical behavior is that required for the practice of law.
Etiquette is alternately defined as the customary code of polite behavior among members of a particular profession. Polite? Attorneys? Can the concepts peacefully co-exist?
Carol G. Morokoff, a thirty-two-year litigator, uses her experience inside and outside the courtrooms and offices to describe ethical and etiquette pitfalls that the unwary will encounter, how to identify them in advance, and how to negotiate one’s way around them.
Carol G. Morokoff is a 27 year litigator, specializing in commercial litigation – specifically, collections. She has appeared in courts ranging from Supreme Court, Dutchess County to all district courts in Suffolk County to United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. While Ms. Morokoff has practiced other areas of the law, she has discovered that since discontinuing matrimonial practice and concentrating on commercial debt, no client has asked for her home or cell phone numbers.
She is a graduate of Indiana University and New York Law School, where she was President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Moot Court Executive Board.
Great practical advice!
Excellent presenter. Good content and a good pace.
Relevant and well presented. The presenter came across interested, competent, and professional. We need more like her!
Great course and speaker.
I really appreciated this presentation - well outlined, the flow was perfect and the presenter made it interesting.
This presentation should be required listening for all law students sitting for the bar examination of any state.
Presenter did a nice job of layering in personal anecdotes to make the presentation more interesting.
The instructor was great, loved the dry wit.
Best program I have seen to date. Excellent communicator. Pleasant and engaging.
This information was presented in a rather unorganized manner.
Great job. Fun and informative
Very effective presentation. Well done.
This was a bad presentation. Content of slides often did not match presenters oral comments. The good part was obtaining an hour’s credit.
Well done in all respects.
Great practical advice!
Great Ethics teacher. Tied pragmatic, legal, and altruistic together in one place, while distinguishing between the three and causing the listener to want to improve our profession.
The faculty was quite informative and described nuances to be effective and ethical. Excellent presentation!
A little dull in the presentation but the subject matter does not lend itself to bells and whistles. Good content.
Very effective program and delivery; presenter was excellent in knowledge and experience.
Extremely informative—appreciate the Ethics as Etiquette approach
Presenter did a great job.
Juvenile level content.
New York practice was discussed, not NJ. Still a basic and useful survey and review. Emphasis on civility was appreciated.
Ms. Morokoff illustrating ethics rules based on her experience made the course easy to follow, and enjoyable.
Very thorough review of the rules of professional responsibility presented with a dry sense of humor. I liked it.
Presenter was excellent!
Excellent presenter on what can be a dry topic.
Very enjoyable presentation.
Very well done session and excellent course materials
great practical advise and reminders to be a credit to the profession!
Loved the 'real life'. examples offered during the course - kept it 'alive' and relevant.
Although much of the program did not disclose anything new, there were a few surprises--e.g., an attorney does not have to get his client's consent to grant routine adjournments; or the problems with letting a third party pay the client's legal bills.
Excellent presentation. Discussion of cases made course very interesting.
enjoyable, informative and good presentation
Covered a lot of material but was good content with examples.
very well presented, interesting and enjoyable
calm and easy going speaker
good reminder for towing the line
Great job by the lecturer. Many, many thanks!
Loved the speakers dry sense of humor. Was refreshing.
good topic for all lawyers
Excellent presentation that stresses professional rules, common sense and tasteful humor.
I found some of the advice to be suspect
Very helpful and informative.
very effective speaker, great scenarios
Loved the delivery!
Very well done and informative.
Outstanding lessons in common sense
The pacing was very good, and the instructor covered a lot of material in a short timeframe.
Absolutely great (and funny) presenter!
Low key and easy to understand.
This speaker was great....
An engaging presentation.
Good presentation style.
Liked her humor.
Very clear, no nonsense presentation with plenty of dry humor.
she was terrific!
A very enjoyable presentation by a well-versed and effective speaker.
Convinces me that my choice not to be a litigator was a good one ...
Good ethics CLE....nice mix of the rules and how they should be applied in practice.
One of the best CLEs on Lawline.
Presenter had good demeanor and enlivened with suitable anecdotes.
Very enjoyable course. The instructor's sense of humor and dry, sarcastic wit, combined with a common-sense approach to illuminating the topic, were very effective in getting the message across.
Ms. Morokoff 's presentation was very engaging, her manner plain spoken and clear. Nice practical application of the thesis of legal ethics and simple etiquette.
Instructor was very knowledgeable.
Well presented. I like the life experience examples and would like to hear more. Always good to help put things into context.
The speaker was excellenet.
Really superior presentation
Great stuff! well organized and presented.
Good practical course.
Thank you so much for clarifying several issues that I have witnessed over the past 40 years. I am a paralegal and have seen these scenarios many times throughout my career.
The presenter was excellent. I didn't expect her dry sense of humor, however, it made the class much more enjoyable.
Good practical advice presented in a direct manner.
Good practice pointers
Loved the presentation, particularly enjoyed Ms. Morokoff's dry sense of humor. Actually picked up a valuable tip, even though I've practiced for 40+ years.
Good use of examples..
Interesting concept, great content, great presenter.
I enjoyed the presenter's dry humor
Clear and well-organized. Viewing ethics through an etiquette filter put a new spin on a familiar topic.
Speaker knowledgeably defines in an easy-to-understand manner the ethical and etiquette pitfalls that an unwary attorney may encounter; describes how to identify such pitfalls in advance; and shares strategies for avoiding or negotiating one’s way around them.
Thank you for an excellent program -- superb both in content and presentation.
Hope this lawyer does more course for you. She is excellent and as a wonderful, upbeat sense of humor.
This is as good a program on the overlap between courtesy and ethics as I have ever seen.
Materials were well organized and presented. Speaker was engaging and easy to follow.
Interesting course. Instructor told it like it is!
Absolute best presentation thus far! Thank you!
She was one of the best presenters I have seen on Lawline, very easy to listen to.
Honey better than vinegar. Agree!!! Thank you!
speaker had a TERRIFIC demeanor. dry wit made it incredibly palatable
Very good really and on topic
Very common sense approach. What I tell lawyers all the time.
Excellent discussion of an important topic for lawyers in their daily practice.
Very authoritative instructor
Excellent speaker; intelligent.
Really liked the presenter
This is an Important topic and the presentation was excellent. Speakers articulate speech pattern, and examples were very helpful. This is one of the best classes I have attended.
This course was very good.
A basic course on ethical problems encountered in everyday practice, but so useful as a reminder. Good examples given. Instructor closely tracks the written materials in presentation.
I have not seen ethics tackled in quite this way and I appreciate the approach. Edge cases are useful in defining boundaries but emphasizing day-to-day practical issues is welcome.
Straightforward, sensible, well-organized. Good presentation and good advice.
Excellent! The presenter has a great dry sense of humor!
I enjoyed the speaker's sense of humor
This was great - wish attorneys took these points seriously, all the time.
She's a great presenter - appreciate her experience and point of view and wit!
This was both an excellent course and an excellent presenter.
Very well presented, even subtly humorous
Great presenter! I would definitely watch a CLE that she teaches again.