3 CPD Units including all 3 required units
“Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These!”:
Stress, Pressure and Ethical Decision-Making in the Practice of Law
Chris Osborn and Michael Kahn from ReelTime CLE, who presented in 2016, are returning to Australia to present two dynamic and practical sessions at the Law Society of South Australia.
Most serious legal malpractice claims and successful bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations. (Don’t take money from the client trust account. Keep clients reasonably informed about the progress of a case or a transaction—even when it’s bad news. Don’t sleep with the attractive domestic client you are representing in an ongoing divorce proceeding. Be candid with the court., etc..) It’s not rocket science—in fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic Professional Obligations class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens. A lot. Even to our own friends and colleagues at the bar.
This engaging, highly interactive program provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ lawyers ‘go bad’?” Vignettes from an original short film, written and co-produced by ReelTime CLE founders Michael Kahn and Chris Osborn, serve as the catalyst for a practical and informative consideration of the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in managing the day-to-day practice of law.
View the trailer for the "Nobody Told Me" film here.
Come join us for this workshop and you will have an opportunity to:
- Learn how to guard against ethical missteps by better understanding the complex interplay of various factors that can contribute to them.
- Explore the roles of stress, core values, organisational “culture,” and cumulative choices in the ethical decision-making process.
- Gain practical, concrete guidance on how to manage one’s practice so as to better navigate the inevitable tension between personal and professional pressures.
- Implement best practices for setting and managing client expectations (particularly with regard to workload, the need for the client’s cooperation, expected costs, and the range of possible outcomes in the litigation process).
- Identify and implement sustainable strategies for minimising the negative effects of stress and pressure in the practice of law.
"It was one of the first CLE classes that really made me think of ethical issues in a very practical manner as opposed to in theory. In 18 years of attending such classes it was the most enjoyable experience I have had."
Stephen L. Brown, Charleston, SC, USA
About the presenters:
ReelTime CLE is a nationwide provider of dynamic, interactive workshops, conferences, law firm retreats, and professional development training programs, committed to using the most proven and effective methods of adult learning to help professionals work (and interact with one another) more productively and sustainably. Chris Osborn and Michael Kahn began providing their innovative CLE workshops on ethics, professional responsibility, diversity and inclusion and mental health/substance abuse awareness in 2007. Since January 2010, their workshops have been enjoyed by hundreds of participants in Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia, as well as Australia and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. In August 2012, their program, “Practicing Dirt Law and Keeping Your Nose Clean”- Stress and Ethical Decision-Making for Real Estate Attorneys, received an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming from ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education Professionals.
In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is the founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution Services, which provides Superior Court mediation, pre-litigation conflict coaching and dispute resolution, and Christian conflict conciliation services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the 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 caveat disputes. From 2012-2015, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” Civil Procedure, Contracts, “Problems in Practice: Commercial Transactions,” and “Intro to the Study of Law.” While on the faculty, Chris’ scholarly research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Chris began practicing litigation in Charlotte. He served as a career law clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III before joining Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, in 2001. During his 11 years as an associate and a shareholder with the firm, Chris handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment disputes in Superior and District Courts, as well as in all three North Carolina federal district courts.
Michael Kahn holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, and practiced law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for 6 years. Although he left the practice of law in 1991, his work thereafter has kept him involved in the lives of lawyers in various capacities. Following a stint as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, Michael obtained his M. Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina. Michael’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice have included anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues, and he has worked with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings. In 2012, he relocated to Oregon, where, in addition to continuing his speaking career, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where he facilitates grief groups for lawyers. He continues to present training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, wellness, diversity and inclusion, and other topics for lawyers and mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military in Germany and Japan.
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