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Ethics and Legal Writing

(4651 Ratings)

Produced on: December 17, 2012

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty

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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

Faculty

Daniel Abrams

Law Office of Daniel L. Abrams, PLLC

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. 

Reviews

HF
Helena F.

Excellent, informative program.

DS
Denise S.

Enjoyed combination of ethics and legal writing.

SM
Susan M.

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.

ET
Elizabeth T.

enjoyed the ghostwriting portion the most - interesting

PS
Peter S.

Great course. Definitely learned something new.

EK
Edward K.

Found the ghostwriting aspect interesting. Had not had this in prior ethics classes I have taken.

GW
Gwaina W.

Very good tips and insights. I especially liked the way utilized cases

PM
Paul M.

very insightful, lots of questions re ghostwriting.

SS
Steven S.

The section on ghost writing was very interesting.

RC
Rosalie C.

Very thorough.

AB
Adrienne B.

Useful

JA
Joanne A.

Sections about adverse authority and ghost-writing were informative.

GM
Gil M.

Excellent speaker. Part about Ghost Writing was spot on!

JS
Judith S.

It was a different learning experience regarding the issues and was enjoyable.

SC
Silvia C.

Good speaker

RW
Richard W.

Excellent speaker.

SY
Samer Y.

Another excellent course!

AD
Allegra D.

A must for anyone practicing trial law.

SK
Steven K.

Good

RM
Ronald M.

very nice summary of proper considerations

EC
Edward C.

The speaker provided common sense hypotheticals to effectively illustrate his points.

MG
Matthew G.

Very thoughtful presentation

RM
Richard M.

He kept it amusing. Good job.

LB
Louise B.

very informative

PK
Philip K.

Excellent introduction

NM
Natasha R. M.

I loved the real world references. Solidifies critical rules and makes them memorable.

MK
Marc K.

Another good program

JK
Joung Ho K.

Ethics in legal writing was very helpful for practitioners.

LL
Liza L.

Eloquent presentation!

ES
Edward W. S.

Like options - first course on-line. Nice experience.

MB
Mordechai B.

Thank you.

EB
Edward B.

Nicely done - nice intermixture of case law and gut and an awareness of the problem of differing jurisdicitons

JH
James H.

fascinating reference to Brown v Bd of Education; excellent job on investigation for extension of existing law - probably best part of presentation

DH
Donald H.

good

SK
Shelley K.

good speaker

BB
Barry B.

outstandnng

SK
Stevan K.

very good

EH
Edward H.

Good talk.

CW
Catherine W.

Good reminder about Rule 11 and related issues.

CR
Carol R.

Good section on ghost writing. Also, good tip on putting distinguishable cases in footnote.

GL
Gordon L.

Very good,

HK
Howard K.

very comfortable to listen

DH
Dennis H.

Very worthwhile course

MC
Monique C.

well done!

RM
Retha M.

Easy presentation style, good content.

FA
Francine A.

Great presentation!

RF
Rachel F.

Abrams was great and the information he imparted was thorough and useful.

JM
James M.

Nice presentation.

DD
Dale D.

Good speaker. Interesting.

RC
Richard C.

interesting discussion of a topic that gets little attention speaker had excellent demeanor and great presentation

PJ
PHILLIP J.

very well presented, the questions and information from the audience demonstrated that they were very involved in the subject matter and recognized the issues.

ML
Marcy L.

highly recommended

LK
Lewis K.

Well presented !

MA
Michael A.

Very informative. relevant and helpful.

SO
Shamsey O.

Great speaker.

EK
edward k.

informative

PA
Patricia A.

great program

MN
Moshe N.

Good and concise though much material was obvious.

MG
Michael G.

Good program

JS
JoAnn S.

Wonderful presentation.

KS
kathleen s.

This was great and hit on things I was not aware of

SY
Samuel Y.

Mr. Abrams was super in all respects: knowledgeable, good speaker and funny.

VO
Veronica O.

Good program. Speaker was well prepared and knowledgeable

MV
Milan V.

very good program

DR
Dan R.

Well organized and some excellent points made

DD
Diana D.

very pertinent for the purposes I took this course. thank y ou

JT
James T.

Excellent presentation.

GD
Gloria M D.

I really enjoyed this presentation - the speaker took what could have been a very dry subject, and made it quite interesting!

FW
Felicia K. W.

Quite informative!

MT
Mark T.

Useful information

LP
Lawrence P.

Interesting and informative.

JD
Jessica D.

Relevant topic, thanks.

RS
Robert S.

Very interesting and helpful

WN
William N.

This was a great presentation; I'm recommending it to a friend who has written articles on Ghost Writing.

RT
Roxanna T.

Simple, logical.

AK
Amee K.

Overall good course.

EH
Edward H.

Interesting

BW
Bruce W.

just superb

WR
Wallace R.

Interactive questions were good

BD
Bradley D.

Great presentation!

JB
Joseph B.

Good job

JF
James F.

Very useful and clear. Good job.

MB
Marianne B.

Good topics

DO
Dianne O.

A good speaker and presentation.

RC
Rachel C.

Excellent and concise overview of the main concerns with legal writing. Very happy to have watched it!

CT
Catherine T.

very, very useful presentation. great instructor

HK
Harry K.

nice mix of theory and practice

RM
Rachel M.

Great course!

FC
Frederick C.

Excellent program - appeared to cover all the important bases regarding legal writing and ethics.

KC
Kathleen C.

Speaker was excellent, organized, to the point but also provided relevant and informative detail.

JK
Jerome K.

Interesting andi informative presentation of subject.

JK
Joseph K.

It was a very interesting and though provoking CLE.

HT
Holiday T.

All of the seminars I've taken have been outstanding!

JS
Janet S.

The speaker had a very good manner. He was humorous but clear.

RN
Robert N.

good citations. The ghost writing section was great.

MS
Martin S.

Interesting

JJ
Jeffrey J.

interesting

JM
Jules M.

Fantastic!

PD
Patricia D.

very practical and helpful

DS
Donald S.

Very good

ME
Mark E.

The video was highly informational and helpful.

SB
Sandra B.

Excellent speaker and informative program.

RS
Rita S.

Speaker was knowledgeable and information was interesting and practical.

ML
Matthew L.

interesting discussion and very knowledgeable speaker

KR
Kira R.

excellent speaker

MC
Martyn C.

outstanding, really

DD
Darrell D.

I really enjoyed the ghost writer portion as I ran into this issue before, excellent speaker, best so far topic on Lawline.com.

JS
John S.

Inportant information to research lawyers.

JF
John F.

Very personal and interesting

CO
Chinwe O.

Good advice for all of life's dealings,

JR
James R.

Worth the time.

CO
Colin O.

The part on ghost writing was interesting.

HO
Helene O.

good reminder about use of language in writing and maintaining civility.

CM
Claudia M.

Great

SP
Sharon P.

entertaining and informative

KR
Kimberly R.

Great Ethic course

AS
Andrew S.

fascinating presentation

RC
Rhonda C.

his is great

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