Continuing Legal Education – 6 Credits!

Zurich insured’s receive up to 6 hours of complimentary continuing legal education credits. These courses, available through LexisNexis University, include your ethics/ substance abuse requirements!

Clarifying the Attorney-Client Relationship

Run Time:           61 Minutes
Presenter(s):     Alyssa A. Johnson
Description:     Lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that clients understand the scope of, and any limitations on, their representation. Courts have recently clarified the responsibilities of lawyers in drafting engagement letters and in limiting the scope of their representation. This 60 minute CLE presentation focuses on the importance of clearly limiting the scope of a lawyer’s representation at the outset of representation. Additionally, this presentation outlines strategies for drafting engagement letters that accurately describe the scope of the attorney-client relationship.

Conflicts of Interest and Advance Waivers

Run Time:           60 Minutes
Presenter(s):     Annmarie D’Amour
Description:      This 60-minute CLE presentation discusses conflicts of interest and how firms can use advance waivers to avoid these conflicts. It further examines Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hapton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. – an instructive August 2018 case that discusses multiple facets of conflicts of interest, such as waivers, informed consent, the breadth and scope of engagement letters, and concurrent, former and dormant clients. After examining the case, the CLE provides some best practices and provides sample conflict waiver language for attorneys to use so they can better avoid conflicts and lessen the firms exposer to costly damages.

My Brother’s or Sister’s Keeper: Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

Run Time:            65 Minutes
Presenter(s):      Annmarie D’Amour
Description:       This 60 minute CLE presentation is for any lawyer or law student who is dealing with, or knows someone who is dealing with alcoholism, substance abuse or mental health issues. It is also for lawyers who recognize these issues in either their colleagues or adversaries. Lawyers suffer from alcoholism an average of 3 to 5 times that of the general public. More than one-fourth of all lawyers suffer with depression, with anxiety and other stress related disorders following close on its heels. It is estimated that between 40 and 70 percent of all disciplinary complaints are related to a lawyer’s impairment. This course discusses the 2016 ABA/Hazelden study that resulted in these statics and the continuing stigma surrounding seeking treatment or revealing mental illness or addiction to others in or out of your firm. The course further discusses a lawyer’s ethical duties when a colleague or adversary is impaired, and the growing problem of cognitive impairment in older lawyers. It further examines Lawyer Assistance Programs and the growing importance placed on lawyer wellness.

The Attorney’s Duty to Keep Abreast of Technology

Run Time:             110 Minutes
Presenter(s):        Alyssa Johnson, Suzanne Walsh
Description:      In this course, we will discuss the applicable ethical rules relating to an attorney’s competency with technology. Specifically, we explore ethical issues relating to emails, mobile device concerns, and e-discovery.

What Keeps You Up At Night – Ethical Dilemmas in Dispute Resolution

Run Time:            60 Minutes
Presenter(s):      Joanna L. Storey
Description:      If you have ever found yourself scratching your head or with a pit in your stomach because of an ethical dilemma you faced in mediation, this is the CLE for you. Using hypotheticals, we will discuss the implications and potential approaches to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, including, but not limited to: what to do when a client lies to induce settlement, how to address a global settlement that may benefit one client but not the other, when does puffing go too far, and what to do if your client receives a settlement overpayment. The program will offer guidance on how to navigate through some of the thorniest ethical issues arising in settlement discussions.