May 19, 2008
Legal Ethics in Financial Services: CLE in New York City June 3
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, offers a 2-hour CLE Legal Ethics Workshop on Tues., June 3, 2008, in New York City. It focuses on ethical considerations for in-house counsel. Program and speakers here. [Alan Childress]
ALI-ABA To Hold "Legal Ethics & Lawyer Websites" CLE By Phone Or Web On June 4
It's a one-hour remote CLE program on lawyer websites and blogging, and their ethical implications. It earns 1 to 1.2 ethics MCLE credits. It will be held live on Wed., June 4, 2008, 1:00 eastern. Topics include domain names, solicitation issues with third-party sites and chatrooms, and multijurisdictional practice issues. [Alan Childress]
April 20, 2008
California Bar Holds Ethics Symposium May 3 in San Francisco
The State Bar of California, as announced by this webpage, will hold its 12th annual ethics seminar at University of San Francisco Law School on Sat., May 3, 2008. Its theme is NOTORIETY – When the Spotlight Is on Ethics, and it includes a keynote speech by UC-Irvine's Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (previously at Duke while Nifong was D.A.--that should be interesting); the panel on prosecutorial misconduct includes Mark Garegos. Other panels are on inadvertent disclosure, public lawyers, and rules revisions.
"This program offers up to 6.25 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics." The price is extremely affordable, ranging from free to $125 including lunch.
December 28, 2007
Discuss Ethics, Values, Literature, and a Life in Law: But Do So Under The Tuscan Sun
Posted by Alan Childress
The Justice Institute for the Legal Profession in Ohio uses studies of the humanities to reconnect lawyers, judges, and teachers to the ideals of law and justice. The group offers a "CLE" in July 2008 that is way more than that, and takes place in Tuscany, Italy -- mainly the "Val d'Orcia valley, arguably the most beautiful region of Tuscany, famous for its hill towns and breathtaking landscapes." Two week-long seminars "explore the relationship between law, justice and culture" and encompass the 'great readings' such as Sophocles' Antigone, Augustine's City of God, and Virgil's The Aeneid, all linked to great modern films.
If you can't go to Italy, consider their 10th Annual Legal Profession Seminar, Oct. 15-18, 2008, in the villas of . . . Newark, Ohio. OK, I know, but this too is not your father's ethics CLE: "Bringing together experienced members of the Ohio bench, bar and academy, we will meet again this fall for an intensive discussion designed to deepen the understanding of legal ethics and professionalism. As we have done in the past, the discussions will center around classic and contemporary 'Great Readings' from literature, history and philosophy."
No word on whether Diane Lane will show at either site.
November 29, 2007
Tele-CLE on Jan. 17: Avoiding Waiving Privilege
Posted by Alan Childress
Avoiding Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege
Live Teleconference -
$199 ... Early Bird - $179
Register by December 13th, 2007 for Early Bird Pricing
January 17th, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern
Listen from your home or office / Unlimited listeners per connection
Registration includes one connection...Only Registered Attendee Receives Continuing Education Credit
(The speaker is Joseph Mays, Jr. of the Bradley Arant firm.)
July 10, 2007
Ph.D.s for Law Professors?
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw
There's an interesting thread over at PrawfsBlawg (where I am guest-blogging this month) on the question whether it takes a Ph.D. (not a village!) to teach a lawyer, touched off by a post from Jonathan Simon (Boalt, left). I'm simply going to replay here my comment about one of Jonathan's observations:
As for whether police officers or corporate compliance officers might compete to teach at law schools, even without a JD, its an interesting proposal. The question would be whether they have the capacity for a sophisticated and reflexive view of their own practice worlds, and the tools to unpack that view.
Having just recently written about what it would take to make the jump from the practice to the academy, I think this observation cuts to the heart of it. There's probably a continuum between pure theory and pure practice arts, and the Ph.D. is no doubt a good signal that one has passing familiarity with the former. Whether that leaves the teacher unprepared to deal with the other end of the spectrum is an interesting question. But I think that the difference between, say, a CLE class and a law school class is the introduction of some meta-consideration to the practice matters under consideration, at least to some degree. When the long-time practitioner is trying to persuade law professors that she is appropriate professor material, it's the presumption that the ability to have a sophisticated and reflexive view and the ancillary tools has atrophied that is one of the major hurdles to overcome.
April 06, 2007
D.C. Bar Offers DVD Training on New Ethics Rules and Links to Redlined Versions
The April e-brief of the D.C. Bar has this post about an inexpensive DVD training program (or self-study) available, explaining the bar's revised (2/1/07) rules of professional conduct. The DVD programs will soon be free as well. The post also links resources to download redlined and amended versions of the new rules (drawn on the Ethics 2000 Model Rules) and comparing the previous ones. [Alan Childress]
April 03, 2007
California Bar Ethics Symposium in L.A. at Southwestern on 5/19
The California bar website announces the 11th Annual Statewide Annual Ethics Symposium --- May 19, 2007,
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles. "This year’s theme is 'Ethics Around the Edges' and will include sessions on transactional practice, Sarbanes-Oxley and other topics." MCLE credit is available. Call 415-538-2167. [Alan Childress]
April 02, 2007
Tennessee CLE 5/4 on Lawyers Entering Public Service
As if answering Jeff's call for (or query about) lawyers as legislators and in other public positions, the Knoxville Bar Association, as part of its Law Day program and luncheon, offers this CLE: The Importance of Lawyers in Public Service. "A panel of local lawyer legislators and former legislators will discuss how they became involved in public service and how they managed to practice law and fulfill the obligations of their elected position." It will be May 4, 2007, and equals one ethics hour. More importantly, the buffet features Hand Pulled Hickory Smoked Pork. Pigs appreciate the personal touch. [Alan Childress]
March 04, 2007
Fordham Conference on International Arbitration & Mediation Offered June 18-19 in NYC By Stein Center on Ethics
The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham will cosponsor its second annual conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, including substantial attention to ethics issues for both subjects. It will be held in New York City on June 18-19, 2007. CLE credit is also available. The conference director is Fordham Adjunct Professor Arthur Rovine. [Alan Childress]
February 13, 2007
University of Miami CLE 4/13 on Criminal Justice Ethics
"Criminal Justice Ethics: Round IV"
April 13, 2007 -- Bank United Center @ University of Miami Campus, Coral Gables
February 12, 2007
David Hricik's CLE on Avoiding Legal Malpractice Ends Feb. 28
An on-line MCLE seminar on Avoiding Malpractice Claims: Things to Do (and NOT Do) on the First Day You Represent a Client is provided by David Hricik, who teaches at Mercer and contributes to Legal Ethics Forum. It runs at all hours, offers 1.5 ethics credits, and ends Feb. 28. It costs only $29 and should count as 'participatory.'
Professor Hricik also offers a longer CLE called Ethics for Litigators, similarly through 2/28, for up to 3 hours of credit. [Alan Childress]
Live Webcast CLE 2/23 on Stock Options Backdating For Attorneys
Telestrat Consulting offers this 2-hour CLE Feb. 23, on options backdating and what lawyers need to know. The speaker is Reuben Advani. [Alan Childress]
February 07, 2007
D.C. Bar CLE 3/26 on Ethics and Rules Changes Lately Sings the Blues
We have posted on other music- or drama-driven programs on legal ethics, in Colorado and Louisiana. Now the District of Columbia Bar offers to set its ethics CLE to song –- the program is "Ethics Blues: A Musical Ethics Experience." And it promises (really) to ease the Stormy Weather of professional responsibility, particularly in light of the significant amendments to the rules effective Feb. 1 (on which Mike blogged here). The program is upcoming Monday afternoon, March 26, and offers up to three ethics credits. [Alan Childress]
February 03, 2007
Fordham To Hold CLE 3/19 in NYC on Conflicts in Transactional Practice
The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham will hold a CLE program on Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Transactional Practice. It will be in NYC at Fordham on Monday, March 19, 6:00-8:00 pm. The registration fee is affordable and the speaker is Ronald Minkoff, of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. Credit: 2 ethics hours. [Alan Childress]
February 01, 2007
West CLE Audiocast 2/7 on Congressional Ethics, Gifts, and Lobbying
Posted by Alan Childress
This webcast audio CLE focuses on congressional ethics, gift-giving, and proposed reforms. It is called "Washington Briefing: The 110th Congress Tackles Ethics Reform--New Prohibitions and Requirements." It airs February 7, 12:30-2:00 pm EST, with information here.
January 29, 2007
Road Trip: "Working in the Public Interest" Conference at UGA March 30-31 is Free and Loaded
[This is excerpted from information sent by UGA in Athens. This conference is free to most registrants, and open to students/profs/practitioners. Note that the link so far provides only 2006 information (and says it is "closed," but it is not), so watch it fresh for updated registration and hotel info for 2007. Athens housing may be free for students attending on a road trip. Sounds like a great idea. --Alan Childress]
The University Of Georgia School Of Law cordially invites you to attend the Second Annual "Working in the Public Interest: Challenging Poverty through Law " conference on March 30-31, 2007.
The conference commences on Friday, March 30 with our keynote speaker, Stephen B. Bright, President of the Southern Center for Human Rights. On Saturday, March 31 we will have an entire day of panels and roundtable discussions with speakers drawn from all parts of the country.
This year we will be offering CLE credits for a small registration fee. We can also arrange free housing for student attendees who would like to stay with other students here in Athens.
Panel discussions include:
"What is Public Interest Law and Why Do We Care?" (Plenary)
"Universal Health Care: Political Priority or Pipe Dream?"
"Sheltering the Poor: Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Government and Community Initiatives"
"The Immigrant Narrative: Day to Day Struggles of Legal and Illegal Immigrants in America Through the Lens of State Social Services and Health Care Access, Labor Laws, and the Scope of Legal Aid"
"Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Responses: What Works?"
"Felon Disenfranchisement: How States are Mandating Change and Restoring Voting Rights"
"Are Labor Unions Obsolete?" (Workers' Rights Panel)
Roundtable topics include:
Public Defenders and District Attorneys
Governmental service and the public sector
Grassroots organizations and faith based charities
Pro bono work in the private sector
Financing a public interest career
Non-traditional law practice
Impact litigation and lobbying
....Registration will be available online in a few weeks, at our website: www.law.uga.edu/wipi.
January 18, 2007
Loyola Offers Theatrical, Fun Ethics CLE in New Orleans on Ground Hogs Eve
We previously posted on the Colorado Bar's evening of musical comedy and ethics CLE extravaganza. In a similar though dramatic vein, this announcement from Loyola-N.O.'s CLE people:
Womens Lawyer Club – A Theatrical CLE Performance
February 1, 2007 (Thursday evening)
6:30 pm to 9:15 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Loyola University Main Campus: Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall
1.0 Ethics and 1.5 Professionalism/$60 with credit; $25 guest; Free to students
The brochure and registration form are available by clicking PROGRAM BROCHURES at: http://law.loyno.edu/cle. To register, please fax or mail the form on the brochure.
The hours apply beyond Louisiana, as well. [Alan Childress; HT to Jeanne Carriere]
January 06, 2007
ABA Conference on White Collar Crime in San Diego March 1-2
The ABA's Criminal Justice Section is holding its annual "national institute" program March 1-2 in San Diego on White Collar Crime, including many topics and panels related to ethics, privilege, "hardball tactics," securities enforcement, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A link is here and the program brochure in PDF is here. [Alan Childress]
January 04, 2007
ABA Offers CLE Webcast 1/18 on McNulty Memo
The ABA's CLE program linked here is "Securities Enforcement After the McNulty Memo." It will be held on Thurs., Jan. 18 and is one hour of ethics credit. The format is audio webcast or live teleconference. One of the speakers is from the SEC division of enforcement. [Alan Childress]