2 CPD Units including 1 Unit in Practical Legal Ethics and 1 Unit in Professional Skills or Practice Management
“Don't Let the Jokers Drive You Batty!”:
What We Can Learn from Batman about Maintaining Our Sanity (and Ethics) 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.
Anyone who has been embroiled with a particularly difficult lawyer, colleague, client, or judge who “just gets under their skin” knows that such encounters can be absolutely maddening. Unfortunately, when such interactions cannot be avoided, they may also render a lawyer more susceptible to compromising his or her own professional or ethical values in the process (often in a noble-minded but misguided attempt to prevent the other side from “getting away with” something). Using film clips from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, this highly interactive seminar explores the impact of these exceptionally challenging professional relationships with such folks, whom we liken to Batman’s arch-nemesis, “The Joker.”
Lawyers who attend and participate in this seminar will be equipped:
- To identify the particular “Jokers” they have encountered in the practice of law, and to better understand the challenges and potential adverse consequences of engaging with them;
- To implement practical strategies to minimise the negative impact of “Joker” encounters on their practices and quality of life;
- To better protect against the risk that prolonged or repeated “Joker” interactions may render them vulnerable to engaging in unprofessional or unethical conduct themselves; and
- To evaluate whether and under what circumstances to invoke the avenues of relief and redress available in particular cases
About the presenters:
"Unique format was a refreshing change. Seemed to go by more quickly than most CLE seminars."
Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III (W.D.N.C.), Charlotte, NC, USA
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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