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An area of increasing concern for litigators is the possibility of being disciplined not by state bar authorities, but by judges in the form of sanctions and public ridicule. This course will explore four areas within the broader topic of legal ethics and writing in which judges have taken the leading role in enforcing ethical norms. Join attorney Daniel Abrams to find out how you can be more ethically aware in your legal writings.
I. Understand court-awarded sanctions for frivolous legal writing;
II. Learn about the duty to cite adverse authority;
III. Utilize civility in legal writing; and
IV. Explore the ethics of ghostwriting.
Daniel L. Abrams’ practice focuses on legal malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Abrams has helped many corporations and individuals complaining of inadequate legal services or overbilling obtain relief and settlements from their former attorneys. He represents mostly plaintiffs but occasionally defendants in legal malpractice cases and other disputes related to legal ethics, including legal fee disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, cases alleging conflicts of interest, and other professional responsibility issues. Lawyers and law firms frequently hire Mr. Abrams to serve as lawyer, expert or consultant on issues related to legal ethics or the law governing lawyers. He has taught legal ethics to other lawyers for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, Lawline.com and Access MCLE. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Suffolk Law School.
In addition to his legal malpractice and ethics practice, Mr. Abrams has an active business litigation practice. Mr. Abrams’ clients include business owners, general counsel, and individuals in a full range of business litigation and arbitration matters. His cases have included business dealings arising out of oil & gas contracts, licensing agreements, business mergers, employment agreements, financing arrangements, business fraud, trade secrets, and corporate whistleblower allegations. His litigation cases include a successful multi-million dollar reversal of an arbitration award, a defense victory after a bench trial in a breach of contract case, and many favorable settlements of commercial disputes and legal malpractice cases.
Mr. Abrams received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 where he was an Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. He is a member of The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Subcommittee on Lawyer Promotion and Advertising from 2004-2007. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Excellent, informative program.
Enjoyed combination of ethics and legal writing.
The only reason I didn't give this program all 4s is that I wish it had been longer so that more topics could have been covered. But Mr. Abrams was excellent--clear, concise, and obviously very knowledgeable.
enjoyed the ghostwriting portion the most - interesting
Great course. Definitely learned something new.
Found the ghostwriting aspect interesting. Had not had this in prior ethics classes I have taken.
Very good tips and insights. I especially liked the way utilized cases
very insightful, lots of questions re ghostwriting.
The section on ghost writing was very interesting.
Sections about adverse authority and ghost-writing were informative.
Excellent speaker. Part about Ghost Writing was spot on!
It was a different learning experience regarding the issues and was enjoyable.
Another excellent course!
A must for anyone practicing trial law.
very nice summary of proper considerations
The speaker provided common sense hypotheticals to effectively illustrate his points.
Very thoughtful presentation
He kept it amusing. Good job.
I loved the real world references. Solidifies critical rules and makes them memorable.
Another good program
Ethics in legal writing was very helpful for practitioners.
Like options - first course on-line. Nice experience.
Nicely done - nice intermixture of case law and gut and an awareness of the problem of differing jurisdicitons
fascinating reference to Brown v Bd of Education; excellent job on investigation for extension of existing law - probably best part of presentation
Good reminder about Rule 11 and related issues.
Good section on ghost writing. Also, good tip on putting distinguishable cases in footnote.
very comfortable to listen
Very worthwhile course
Easy presentation style, good content.
Abrams was great and the information he imparted was thorough and useful.
Good speaker. Interesting.
interesting discussion of a topic that gets little attention speaker had excellent demeanor and great presentation
very well presented, the questions and information from the audience demonstrated that they were very involved in the subject matter and recognized the issues.
Well presented !
Very informative. relevant and helpful.
Good and concise though much material was obvious.
This was great and hit on things I was not aware of
Mr. Abrams was super in all respects: knowledgeable, good speaker and funny.
Good program. Speaker was well prepared and knowledgeable
very good program
Well organized and some excellent points made
very pertinent for the purposes I took this course. thank y ou
I really enjoyed this presentation - the speaker took what could have been a very dry subject, and made it quite interesting!
Interesting and informative.
Relevant topic, thanks.
Very interesting and helpful
This was a great presentation; I'm recommending it to a friend who has written articles on Ghost Writing.
Overall good course.
Interactive questions were good
Very useful and clear. Good job.
A good speaker and presentation.
Excellent and concise overview of the main concerns with legal writing. Very happy to have watched it!
very, very useful presentation. great instructor
nice mix of theory and practice
Excellent program - appeared to cover all the important bases regarding legal writing and ethics.
Speaker was excellent, organized, to the point but also provided relevant and informative detail.
Interesting andi informative presentation of subject.
It was a very interesting and though provoking CLE.
All of the seminars I've taken have been outstanding!
The speaker had a very good manner. He was humorous but clear.
good citations. The ghost writing section was great.
very practical and helpful
The video was highly informational and helpful.
Excellent speaker and informative program.
Speaker was knowledgeable and information was interesting and practical.
interesting discussion and very knowledgeable speaker
I really enjoyed the ghost writer portion as I ran into this issue before, excellent speaker, best so far topic on Lawline.com.
Inportant information to research lawyers.
Very personal and interesting
Good advice for all of life's dealings,
Worth the time.
The part on ghost writing was interesting.
good reminder about use of language in writing and maintaining civility.
entertaining and informative
Great Ethic course
his is great