March 26, 2019

Top Ten Ethics Programs and Homestudies

It’s that time again — the end of the compliance period for a third of Colorado’s attorneys. As we approach the end of the year, we have compiled lists of the top programs across several practice areas. Keep reading Legal Connection for updates on the top programs in your practice area. Today, our spotlight is on ethics. The top ten ethics programs and homestudies are:

10. The Use of Technology in Your Practice Without Ethical Violations. In this program, Heather Kelly and John Palmeri discuss social media, cloud computing, smartphones, metadata, and their implications for your practice. Learn about the duty to safeguard client information and how that works with today’s technology. The program also discusses ABA Model Rules and ethics opinions regarding technology. One general credit, including one ethics credit. Available as MP3 audio download or Video OnDemand.

9. New Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2: Marijuana Law Update. In March 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted a new comment to Colo. RPC 1.2 addressing a lawyer’s representation of clients with marijuana-related issues. Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, attorney Alec Rothrock, and Attorney Regulation Counsel Jamie Sudler presented this two-hour program regarding what the new comment says—and what it does not say. Two general credits, including two ethics credits. Available as MP3 audio download or Video OnDemand.

8. Settlement and Mediation Best Practices: Avoiding Pitfalls and Malpractice. This helpful one-hour program presented by Heather Kelly and Julie Williamson provides settlement tips applicable to all mediations and settlement discussions, including issues particular to medical damages, legal malpractice claims, and aggregate settlements. One general credit, including one ethics credit. Available as MP3 audio download or Video OnDemand.

7.  Privileges and Confidentiality. This program presented by John Palmeri discussed practical approaches to client secrets, confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, lawyer disqualification, and lawyers as witnesses. One general credit, including one ethics credit. Available as MP3 audio download or Video OnDemand.

6. Ethical Issues for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards. Attorneys are frequently invited to serve on boards of directors for nonprofits, but there are potential ethical implications for attorneys who cannot resist the temptation to use their legal skills in their roles as directors. In this program, Ericka Houck Englert reviewed some potential ethical consequences for attorneys serving on nonprofit boards, including conflicts of interest, loss of attorney-client privilege, and competence. One general credit, including one ethics credit. Available as MP3 audio download or Video OnDemand.

5. Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Law 2015. This entertaining annual program, dubbed “interactive CLE legal theater” by the Peer Professionalism Assistance Group, provides a distinguished panel of experts who discuss a series of interactive vignettes acted out by the PPAG. Common and difficult problem areas are covered, and the four-hour program ends with perspectives from the bench and from Attorney Regulation Counsel. Four general credits, including four ethics credits. Available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and here for the 2013 program.

4. Preventing Legal Malpractice 2015 — Managing Risks and Client Relations OR A Perspective on Practice Pitfalls. Each year, CLE presents two Preventing Legal Malpractice programs: one directed at transactional attorneys, one directed at litigation attorneys. In addition to the printed materials, each attendee receives a copy of CLE’s book, Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado. For 2015, recent case law was discussed, as well as ten things not to do when responding to regulation counsel, how to make mediation work, the lifecycle of a malpractice case, recurring malpractice and professional responsibility dilemmas, and beginning and ending representation. Four general credits, including four ethics credits. Available as CD homestudy (transactional/litigation), MP3 audio download (transactional/litigation), and Video OnDemand (transactional/litigation). NOTE: These programs are repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 programs (transactional/litigation) and here for the 2013 programs.

3. Ethics 7.0. This annual program provides a full compliance period worth of ethics credit in one day. For 2015, topics discussed included do’s and don’t’s to avoid having grievances filed against you, ethical issues in family law, ethical issues with providing unbundled legal services, dealing with clients with diminished capacity, ethics in juvenile law, use of social media, and the latest developments regarding marijuana use. Seven general credits, including seven ethics credits. Available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and here for the 2013 program.

2. Ethics with the Incomparable Sean Carter — Comedic Professional Education. Sean Carter travels the country providing ethics CLEs in the funniest way possible. He describes himself as a “Humorist At Law,” and his programs never disappoint. Sean Carter is coming to CLE this Friday, December 18, to present a full-day program featuring discussions of same-sex marriage, religious liberty, the Affordable Care Act, dress codes and religious observances, the Fourth Amendment, workplace discrimination, and the limits of political expression. Registration is still open for the live program and webcast — click here to register for the live program and click here for the webcast. Six general credits, including six ethics credits. Available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand after the program. NOTE: This program also occurred in 2013; click here for the homestudy.

1. Ethics Revue at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Every year, the Law Club performs a musical-theater-inspired ethics program at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, complete with singing, musical performances, and acting. This year’s theme was 9.1 Shades of Grey, and performances discussed such topics as conversion, misrepresentation, billing and fees, conflicts of interest, and more. The performances are so fun you’ll forget you’re watching a CLE program. Three general credits, including three ethics credits. Available as DVD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program occurs annually; click here for the 2014 program and click here for the 2013 program.

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