2019 CLE Simulive Courses

 September 2019 Curriculum

(*indicates Legal Ethics Credit)

(**indicates Legal Ethics Credit granted in selected states, even those that have not adopted recently amended ABA MPRC Rule 1.1 and associated Comment 8)

 

 

10 Steps to Client Relationship Mastery

*September 6, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Cynthia Sharp, Esq.

An ideal attorney/client relationship runs smoothly from start to finish. The client is satisfied, refers friends and pays legal fees on time. The attorney enjoys professional, personal and hopefully financial rewards. However, the reality is that issues and problems (many of which are avoidable) can arise at any point during the course of representation. This program offers a practical and strategic approach to developing and maintaining effective and ethical relationships with law firm clients.

Attendees will learn:
• Ethical Standards Governing Lawyer Communication (MRPC 1.4)
• Five Key Points to Address at the Outset of Representation
• How to Develop a Strong Client Communication System
• Four Keys to Avoiding Miscommunication!
• Three Letters That Must Be Sent - ALWAYS - In EVERY Case!
• Strategies for Handling Difficult Client Situations
• Obligations Upon Termination of the Relationship

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Cynthia Sharp will be available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded July 26, 2019.

Registration fee: $51.00

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Cynthia Sharp, Esq.
Cynthia Sharp is the author of "The Lawyers’ Guide to Financial Planning" recently published by ABA Book Publishing. She is a contributor to the ABA’s upcoming publications "The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice," and "Capturing and Keeping Clients."

Cindy dedicated close to thirty years building a successful niche law practice and serving thousands of clients. At the pinnacle of her career, she sold her interest in the practice and established The Sharper Lawyer, a fully accredited CLE provider, and attorney business coaching entity.

As Director of Attorney Development, Cindy has established an international presence as an author and
speaker on the topics of law firm branding and marketing strategies. She also shares practice management
techniques with an emphasis on ethical implications - lecturing extensively to law firms, bar associations, and other legal organizations. She can be reached via email at cindy@thesharperlawyer.com.

 


 

Rock-N-Roll Law Intellectual Property/Copyright Series: The Ethical Issues Representing a Band - Using the Beatles as a Case Study

*September 9, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Jim Jesse, Esq.

In this program, attorney/songwriter Jim Jesse continues his discussion of copyright law as it applies to the ethical issues a lawyer could encounter when representing the very specific business entity that is a band.

Jesse uses specific fact patterns from the later portions of The Beatles career to illustrate these principles,
including copyright infringement, as well as:

  • Ethical Issues in George Harrison My Sweet Lord Case (The Featured Case) / Breach of Fiduciary
    Duty / Conflict of Interest – MRPC 1.7, 2.1
  • Ethical Issues Regarding Band/Organization Dissolution – MRPC 1.13, 1.14
  • Ethical Issues and Conflict of Interest in Representing Competing Interests in a Group – MRPC 1.7,
    2.1

This is the third installment of Jesse's Intellectual Property/Copyright series exploring issues lawyers may
encounter when representing individual musical artists and bands. While the educational content of each
installment stands alone, there are added benefits to attending all three.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Jesse will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  August 14, 2018

Registration fee: $51.00

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Jim Jesse, Esq.
Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 24 years, and a full-time CLE presenter since 2013. He is also the
author of “The Music Copyright Law Manual” and the forthcoming “The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.”

Prior to serving as General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THECOOLTV), a 24-hour-a-day music video
television network, he was in private practice in the areas of intellectual property, licensing and music law.
He has drafted and reviewed hundreds of contracts ranging from small barter deals to multi-million dollar
ones.

Mr. Jesse is also a singer/songwriter for more than 30 years who has released two albums: Down on the
South Side and Better Late Than Never, is a member of BMI, and has run his own record label distributing
his music. He has more than 200 songs he has yet to release.

 


 

Staying Secure Electronically

*September 11, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Jennifer Ellis, Esq. 

Your Data Probably Has Been Stolen. Wondering How to Minimize the Chances of it Happening Again?
Like everyone else, lawyers rely heavily on technology to store information. In addition to the everyday
concerns we all have regarding the potential loss or theft of our information, lawyers have the added ethical responsibility of maintaining client confidentiality.

Attendees will learn how their responsibilities under the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 and 1.6 apply to handling and safeguarding their clients’ information.

Presenter Jennifer Ellis, Esq. details real-world data-loss scenarios that have affected lawyers and non-
lawyers, and provides specific tips and strategies for attendees to protect both their own and their clients’ data.

She also explains how taking reasonable steps to protect client data can give lawyers a safe harbor (under
the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct) even if a data breach (or loss) does occur.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Ellis will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  July 26, 2019

Registration fee: $51.00

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Jennifer Ellis, Esq.
Jennifer Ellis is a legal ethics attorney in Pennsylvania. She owns the law practice/law firm marketing
company Jennifer Ellis, JD, LLC, through which she assists attorneys with their practice management and
online presence.

Previously, Jennifer worked with a Philadelphia area personal injury firm, where she practiced legal ethics,
managed the firm’s online presence, and oversaw its IT and security consultants. Jennifer also served as
the Associate Director of Media Technology with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where she organized and
presented courses on numerous issues, including law practice management, technology, and ethics.
Jennifer speaks and writes throughout Pennsylvania and nationally on issues relating to law practice
management, technology, ethics, marketing, and more.

Jennifer wrote the book “Wordpress in One Hour for Lawyers and the Social Media chapter for the book
“Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide” – both published by the ABA’s Law Practice Division.
For more information about Jennifer, see her website at jlellis.net, find her on Twitter @jle_jd, or email her at jennifer@jlellis.net.

 


 

Deal or No Deal: Ethics on Trial

*September 17, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Joel Oster, Esq. (The Comedian of Law)

Every lawyer is aware of the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern what they can and can't do -
ethically. But still, every year hundreds of lawyers find themselves running afoul of these rules.
This presentation is your chance to refresh your own knowledge of those rules and to match wits with
disciplinary authorities.

The Comedian of Law, Joel Oster, humorously lays out the facts surrounding the ethical predicaments a
number of real attorneys who played fast and loose with those ethics rules. Then, you must decide if you will take the disciplinary "deal" that Oster offers or take your chances at trial to see what penalty the disciplinary authorities actually levied!

Real-life attorney/ethics issues covered include inappropriate contact with jurors, fist fighting judges, lying attorneys, inappropriate romantic interludes with clients, substance abuse, and much more.
Should the attorney take the deal ... or take his or her chance at trial? You get to decide.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Oster will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  November 22, 2017

Registration fee: $51.00

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Joel Oster, Esq.
Joel is a seasoned constitutional attorney and a regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He
represented the town of Greece, New York in the landmark constitutional case Galloway v. Greece. Joel
argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Second Circuit, and he was part of the legal team presenting the case to the United States Supreme Court.

Oster regularly litigates First Amendment issues. As lead counsel in Freedom from Religion Foundation v.
Obama, Oster skillfully defended the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer against an Establishment Clause challenge. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he successfully defended the right of an organization to have a pro-life specialty license plate in Missouri in Roach v. Stouffer. In Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District, he successfully represented an elementary school teacher in obtaining equal access to school facilities. Oster has defended various churches based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, against discriminatory zoning codes and regulations. Likewise, he has defended various individuals, corporations, and political committees against discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign finance regulations.

Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in
Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and numerous federal courts.

 

 

October 2019 Curriculum

(*indicates Legal Ethics Credit)

(**indicates Legal Ethics Credit granted in selected states, even those that have not adopted recently amended ABA MPRC Rule 1.1 and associated Comment 8)

 

 

The Ethics of Delegation

**October 1, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Cynthia Sharp, Esq. 

Many lawyers have not mastered effective delegation techniques probably because nobody ever
taught them the basic skills. This program addresses delegation techniques compliant with MRPC
5.1 and 5.3's supervisory requirements.

Many lawyers have not mastered effective delegation techniques probably because nobody ever
taught them the basic skills. They are missing the opportunity to leverage their own talents by
delegating projects and tasks to other lawyers, legal professionals, and strong support staff.
Besides, lawyers are bound by MRPC 5.1 and 5.3 relating to ethical responsibilities in the
supervisory context. Workplace outcomes are no doubt adversely affected when delegations go
astray. Lawyers and staff at all levels will benefit from the techniques explored in this program.

Special tips will be provided for Micromanagers, Procrastinators and their victims. Those
attending this session will learn 1. Fundamentals of effective delegation 2. Strategies to
overcome the syndrome of “delegation reluctance” 3. How to identify and modify typical
unproductive delegation behaviors Tools distributed include: The Responsibility Shift, Handling
Outcomes, The Mistake Process (for Delegator and Delegatee).

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Sharp will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  February 22, 2016

Registration fee: $51.00

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Cynthia Sharp, Esq.
Cynthia Sharp is the author of "The Lawyers’ Guide to Financial Planning" recently published by ABA Book Publishing. She is a contributor to the ABA’s upcoming publications "The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice," and "Capturing and Keeping Clients."

Cindy dedicated close to thirty years building a successful niche law practice and serving thousands of clients. At the pinnacle of her career, she sold her interest in the practice and established The Sharper Lawyer, a fully accredited CLE provider, and attorney business coaching entity.

As Director of Attorney Development, Cindy has established an international presence as an author and
speaker on the topics of law firm branding and marketing strategies. She also shares practice management
techniques with an emphasis on ethical implications - lecturing extensively to law firms, bar associations, and other legal organizations. She can be reached via email at cindy@thesharperlawyer.com.

 


 

An Overview of Music Copyright Law Using the Beatles as a Case Study

October 22, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Jim Jesse, Esq.  

In this program, attorney/songwriter Jim Jesse continues his discussion of copyright law as it applies to the ethical issues a lawyer could encounter when representing the very specific business entity that is a band.

Jesse uses specific fact patterns from the later portions of The Beatles career to illustrate these principles,
including copyright infringement, as well as:

  • Ethical Issues in George Harrison My Sweet Lord Case (The Featured Case) / Breach of Fiduciary
    Duty / Conflict of Interest – MRPC 1.7, 2.1
  • Ethical Issues Regarding Band/Organization Dissolution – MRPC 1.13, 1.14
  • Ethical Issues and Conflict of Interest in Representing Competing Interests in a Group – MRPC 1.7,
    2.1

This is the third installment of Jesse's Intellectual Property/Copyright series exploring issues lawyers may
encounter when representing individual musical artists and bands. While the educational content of each
installment stands alone, there are added benefits to attending all three.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Jesse will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  August 14, 2018

Registration fee: $51.00

REGISTER-NOW-CLE-

 

Jim Jesse, Esq.
Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 24 years, and a full-time CLE presenter since 2013. He is also the
author of “The Music Copyright Law Manual” and the forthcoming “The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.”

Prior to serving as General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THECOOLTV), a 24-hour-a-day music video
television network, he was in private practice in the areas of intellectual property, licensing and music law.
He has drafted and reviewed hundreds of contracts ranging from small barter deals to multi-million dollar
ones.

Mr. Jesse is also a singer/songwriter for more than 30 years who has released two albums: Down on the
South Side and Better Late Than Never, is a member of BMI, and has run his own record label distributing
his music. He has more than 200 songs he has yet to release.

 


 

Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More

October 30, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Graham Thatcher (Periaktos)

 


 

The Accidental Lawyer: Terms of Engagement

*October 31, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Chris Osborn, Esq.

"You're a lawyer, right?" Seemingly innocuous words, but when said at a cocktail party, family gathering, or even in a hallway or elevator at the courthouse, they pose a genuine challenge, don’t they? We want to use our training to help folks, right? After all, isn’t that at least a part of why many of us went to law school?

And yet, how many times has a conversation that began with those very words turned out to be the source
of tremendous trouble? Beyond the obvious risk of getting sidetracked from the social occasion in which one is supposed to be participating, or the task one is trying to accomplish, there lurk even greater dangers. As some poor, unfortunate souls have learned, if a lawyer is not careful in responding, he or she may inadvertently create a professional relationship, without intending to do so--leaving the lawyer potentially exposed to a malpractice claim. And even if an attorney-client relationship is not deemed to have been formed, a would-be client may nevertheless believe that he or she is communicating with the prospective lawyer in confidence for the purpose of obtaining legal services; if that belief is found to have been a reasonable one, the attorney may end up prohibited from disclosing any confidential information
communicated.

This new live, interactive workshop is designed to help lawyers be more alert to the vulnerabilities they may face in various non-office settings and to equip them with best practices for defining their roles upfront and setting clear boundaries with the person seeking advice. With the aid of three original film vignettes depicting three all-too-common challenging scenarios, participants will have an opportunity to identify their own particular areas of potential exposure, and to develop proactive strategies for navigating these situations with less risk and greater peace of mind.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Chris Osborn will be
available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes – Pricing and credit will be the same as we discussed for the On-
Demand version of this program.


Originally Recorded November 2018

Registration fee: $51.00

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Chris Osborn, Esq.
In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is a former law professor, and the
founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution, which provides Superior Court mediations, as well as
collaborative law approaches for family law, construction, business, and will and probate disputes
throughout North Carolina. Chris is trained as a collaborative lawyer and is a member of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Lawyers Association. He has been certified by N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator since 2009, and has assisted the vast majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business breakups, construction, and employment law disputes, and will caveats. 

 


 

November 2019 Curriculum

(*indicates Legal Ethics Credit)

(**indicates Legal Ethics Credit granted in selected states, even those that have not adopted recently amended ABA MPRC Rule 1.1 and associated Comment 8)

 

 

Staying Secure Electronically

*November 1, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Jennifer Ellis, Esq.

Your Data Probably Has Been Stolen. Wondering How to Minimize the Chances of it Happening Again?
Like everyone else, lawyers rely heavily on technology to store information. In addition to the everyday
concerns we all have regarding the potential loss or theft of our information, lawyers have the added ethical responsibility of maintaining client confidentiality.

Attendees will learn how their responsibilities under the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 and 1.6 apply to handling and safeguarding their clients’ information.

Presenter Jennifer Ellis, Esq. details real-world data-loss scenarios that have affected lawyers and non-
lawyers, and provides specific tips and strategies for attendees to protect both their own and their clients’ data.

She also explains how taking reasonable steps to protect client data can give lawyers a safe harbor (under
the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct) even if a data breach (or loss) does occur.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Ellis will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  July 26, 2019

Registration fee: $51.00

REGISTER-NOW-CLE-

 

Jennifer Ellis, Esq.
Jennifer Ellis is a legal ethics attorney in Pennsylvania. She owns the law practice/law firm marketing
company Jennifer Ellis, JD, LLC, through which she assists attorneys with their practice management and
online presence.

Previously, Jennifer worked with a Philadelphia area personal injury firm, where she practiced legal ethics,
managed the firm’s online presence, and oversaw its IT and security consultants. Jennifer also served as
the Associate Director of Media Technology with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where she organized and
presented courses on numerous issues, including law practice management, technology, and ethics.
Jennifer speaks and writes throughout Pennsylvania and nationally on issues relating to law practice
management, technology, ethics, marketing, and more.

Jennifer wrote the book “Wordpress in One Hour for Lawyers and the Social Media chapter for the book
“Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide” – both published by the ABA’s Law Practice Division.
For more information about Jennifer, see her website at jlellis.net, find her on Twitter @jle_jd, or email her at jennifer@jlellis.net.

 


 

Clean and Effective Communications with Clients, Colleagues and Staff

*November 5, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Irwin Karp, Esq.

Learn the essential elements of clear communications and tips for assuring clear and effective
communications with your clients, colleagues, and staff.

Rule 1.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct directs attorneys to “keep the client
reasonably informed” about their matters through clear and timely communications. Lawyers who
are busy litigating, deal-making, or otherwise advising clients, however, don't always
communicate as well as they should with clients, other lawyers, or their own staff. Their cryptic
notes, hurried questions, and unclear instructions can lead to:

  • assignments without context 

  • unfounded assumptions 

  • failure to provide enough time for clear communications 

  • hoarding of tasks until the last minute 


Attendees will learn how more effective communication can help them avoid: 


  • wasted time 

  • rushed jobs 

  • stress 

  • frustration 

  • failure to receive informed consent (as defined by Rule 1.0 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct) due 
to last minute communications

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Karp will be available
during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded  May 9, 2017

Registration fee: $51.00

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Irwin Karp, Esq. 
Irwin Karp is a productivity consultant with Productive Time in Sacramento,
California. He is also an attorney. Irwin is a graduate of George Washington University law
school, worked at the US EPA for a number of years, and was in the private practice of energy &
environmental law in California for over 20 years. For the past 13 years, he has conducted
training programs and consulted with business, government, bar associations, law firms, and
service professions on organizations skills and time management to increase productivity. He has
presented programs in the US and Canada on time management, project management,
delegation skills, managing e-mail & smartphones, overcoming multitasking, running effective
meetings, and overcoming procrastination. He was a former white water river guide in his youth and continues to raft on western rivers with his group of aging river buddies.

 


 

Networking Professionally and Ethically

*November 7, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Roy Ginsburg, Esq.

The practice of law is based on relationships – with clients, potential clients, and referral sources.
Personal networking is the best way to create and sustain these relationships. Unfortunately,
many lawyers will do anything to avoid networking. The key to successful networking is to find the
networking method that matches your personality – the one that makes you feel the most
comfortable and confident.

There are as many ways to network successfully as there are individual lawyers. Find yours.
Also, remember that networking, unless done correctly, can expose a lawyer to violations of the
rules of professional conduct. Find out what you can and cannot do.

This program covers:

  • Targeting your best network (Rule 7.3)
  • What to say (and avoid saying) when networking (Rule 7.1, 7.3)
  • How to "work a room" comfortably  (Rule 7.3)
  • Can you pick up the tab? (Rule 7.3)
  • How to use social media as a networking tool (Rule 7.1, 7.3)
  • How to handle referral fees (Rule 1.5)

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Ginsburg will be
available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded February 16, 2016

Registration fee: $51.00

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Roy Ginsburg, Esq.
Roy Ginsburg is an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience
practicing with large and small law firms, as well as serving as in-house counsel He is now a part-
time solo practitioner with a national practice focusing on legal marketing ethics.

For the past 10 years, Roy has also been a coach/consultant for individual attorneys and law
firms in the areas of business development, practice management, and strategic and succession
planning. In addition, he helps solo practitioners and small law firm owners sell their practices
when approaching retirement.

He regularly presents CLE programs nationwide to bar associations and law firm audiences on
these topics. In addition, he blogs at popular sites such as attorneyatwork.com, lawyerist.com,
and myshingle.com.

 


 

Staying Out of the News: How to Avoid Making the Techno-Ethical Mistakes that Put You on the Front Page

*November 7, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

The adage that all publicity is good is not always true. The press is filled with stories about how
lawyers end up in hot water by filing improperly-redacted documents, disclosing confidential
information to family and friends, and allowing technological ignorance to prejudice clients.

This program will highlight some infamous technology errors lawyers have made that ran afoul of
the Model Rules of Professional Conduct - particularly Rule 1.1 (Comment 8), Rule 1.6, and
Rules 5.2 and 5.3. This webinar will also demonstrate how to avoid some of the most common
technology errors that lawyers can make when using popular software such as Microsoft Office
and Adobe Acrobat.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Siegel will be
available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded May 28, 2019

Registration fee: $51.00

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Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.
Daniel Siegel wears two hats–he is a practicing attorney and also a full-time technology
consultant. As an attorney, Mr. Siegel focuses his practice on trial and appellate court writing; he
also handles workers’ compensation matters and serves as a “second chair” for attorneys –
working on the matters that keep them up at night.

Siegel writes, lectures and is a course planner (on a wide range of matters, from civil litigation to
writing for attorneys to workers’ compensation to ethics to personal injury matters) for many
organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar
Associations, and the American, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations. His
column, Recent Appellate Decisions, has appeared for more than 15 years in The Verdict, the
monthly publication of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He also serves on many Bar
Association committees, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Ethics
and Professional Responsibility and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Guidance
Committee. He can be reached at dan@danieljsiegel.com or by phone at (610) 446-3457.

 


 

Disorder in the Court: AnAttorney's Guide to Judicial Misconduct

*November 20, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Phillip Bogdanoff, Esq.

Rule 8.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct indicates that “a lawyer who knows that that
a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial
question as to the judge's fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.” Rule 8.4 of the
Model Rules of Professional Conduct explains that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to
knowingly assist a judge in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct.
Therefore, it is incumbent on every attorney to also be familiar with the rules of Judicial Conduct
in the jurisdictions where they appear and the type of conduct that is to be expected from the
Bench.

In this presentation, attorneys will gain a working knowledge of the Rules of Judicial Conduct
through a review of recent ethics decisions where judges were disciplined for ethical misconduct.

Attorneys will also learn what they can do if they observe judicial misconduct.
Past attendees have described this presentation as “educational, engaging, entertaining, lively,
informative, humorous, useful and really well done.”

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Siegel will be
available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded May 6, 2019

Registration fee: $51.00

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Philip Bogdanoff, Esq.
Philip Bogdanoff is a nationally recognized continuing legal education speaker on the topics
of ethics, professionalism, and other related topics. Previously, as an attorney, he served
as assistant prosecutor in the Summit County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office for more than 25 years,
beginning in 1981. Mr. Bogdanoff argued cases before the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals
and twenty cases before the Ohio Supreme Court including six death penalty cases - before
retiring as a senior assistant prosecutor. 
 
He is the author of numerous articles on ethics, professionalism and other related legal topics and
has taught the members of numerous organizations including the National Association of Legal
Administrators, as well as numerous state and local Bar associations, Prosecuting Attorney's
Associations, and law firms. More information about Mr. Bogdanoff is available on his Web site at
http://www.philipbogdanoff.com/.

 


 

8 Mistakes Experienced Contract Drafters Usually Make

*November 26, 2019. 1:00 PM ET; 12:00 Noon CT; 11:00 AM MT; 10:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKT

Presented by Lenne Espenschied, Esq.

Are you making some of the most common errors in drafting contracts? In this session, we’ll
consider real examples from recent high-profile transactions of flagrant contract drafting errors
that instantly reveal the drafter’s lack of familiarity with best drafting practices and damage his or
her credibility. We’ll make practical and imminently useful recommendations to help you avoid
these drafting errors, improve the quality of any drafting project and build a stronger personal
brand.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Why contract drafting is a core competency for virtually all lawyers;
  • How drafting competency is often neglected in the pursuit of substantive expertise;
  • How flagrant drafting errors damage a lawyer’s reputation;
  • How to recognize 8 common contract drafting practices that are actually flagrant errors;
  • Highly practical, effective techniques to avoid these flagrant errors and significantly improve your contract drafting expertise.

(This is a “simulive” rebroadcast of a previously recorded presentation. Presenter Siegel will be
available during the rebroadcast to answer questions.)

Originally recorded November 14, 2016

Registration fee: $51.00

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Lenné Eidson Espenschied, Esq.
Lenné Eidson Espenschied practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years, focusing on corporate
and transactional representation of technology-based businesses. Now, she is a national speaker
who has trained thousands of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada in the art of legal drafting through
continuing legal education seminars for bar associations, law firms, and corporate legal
departments. She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association: Contract
Drafting: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 2 nd Ed. 2015) and The
Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals, 2011).

After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law magna cum laude, Ms.
Espenschied began her legal practice in the Atlanta office of Sutherland; she also served as
Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own
law office. As a law professor, Ms. Espenschied taught commercial law, contracts, and contract
drafting. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in
transactional practice.