The Ethics of Delegation

delegateThe Ethics of Delegation can be offered as a plenary or a 60 minute breakout session with ethics/professionalism CLE credits.


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:

  • Fundamentals of effective delegation
  • Strategies to overcome the syndrome of “delegation reluctance”
  • How to identify and modify typical unproductive delegation behaviors

Tools distributed include: The Responsibility Shift, Handling Outcomes, The Mistake Process (for Delegator and Delegatee).