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But What Can I Do? I'm Just a [insert job title here]….Promoting Professionalism in the Legal Comm.
From ousted CEOs to nixed political campaigns due to bad behavior, some days it seems like professionalism and fairness were never the concerns of any industry – especially dealings between men a... Read More »
From ousted CEOs to nixed political campaigns due to bad behavior, some days it seems like professionalism and fairness were never the concerns of any industry – especially dealings between men and women in the workforce. You've seen the headlines, you've heard the commentators, but maybe you aren't sure what to do – especially when every word or gesture now feels like a potential minefield of risk.
 
The truth is you CAN make a difference in the working world, no matter your role or rank, on issues of inappropriate behavior and harassment. You will leave this program with a toolkit of concrete actions, resources, and strategies, big and small, for fostering professionalism in the legal community proactively, and for responding appropriately when it appears to be lacking. Using the recent experiences of fellow members of the ACBA, the panelists will demonstrate what works – and what doesn't – when addressing inappropriate conduct in the office, courtroom, or bar association events. The program will explain not only how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism, but why doing so is simply good business, improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line. Close Full Description
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Ethical Considerations in Drafting Contracts
Drafting contracts is one of the core job functions for many attorneys. But how often do you stop to consider the ethical implications that attorneys should follow when drafting these documents? Th... Read More »
Drafting contracts is one of the core job functions for many attorneys. But how often do you stop to consider the ethical implications that attorneys should follow when drafting these documents? This program examines these ethical dynamics.

Specifically, this course will present a study of inadvertent unilateral and joint drafting errors; intentional modification of "standard" forms; incorrect recitations of law; and omissions by error of an agreed-upon term, and the ethical duties of the drafting and receiving lawyers in each situation. Additionally, practice strategies to guard against such situations will be discussed. Specifics to be covered include:


Competence – knowing what you're doing.
Conflicts of Interest.
Doing business with client.
Dealing with unrepresented persons.
Conduct involving dishonesty fraud deceit and misrepresentation.

This course includes citation to numerous applicable model rules and state rules.

The discussion will be led by Claude Ducloux, who has four decades of experience as a civil litigator and is now a nationally recognized legal educator. Close Full Description
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Life and Disability Insurance - Protecting Lawyers Families from Debt
Life and disability insurance are crucial for any attorney, yet many practitioners do not have this coverage … or not an adequate amount of it. Do you know what you need to consider when renew... Read More »
Life and disability insurance are crucial for any attorney, yet many practitioners do not have this coverage … or not an adequate amount of it.

Do you know what you need to consider when renewing or purchasing life insurance? Have you thought about what would happen to you if you become disabled? What is the right kind of life and disability insurance coverage for you, your family and your firm?

The seminar – conducted specifically with lawyers in mind – will address life and disability insurance benefits, what coverage to look for and the options to obtain from the provider.

Hear from an industry expert from USI Affinity, and get the right questions to ask before you renew or purchase coverage. Close Full Description
1:02:20
Solicitors and Their Relationships With Boards and Administration
The second in a two-part series on school and municipal law, this program will focus on ethical dilemmas lawyers face representing public sector clients and strategies to address those concerns. ... Read More »
The second in a two-part series on school and municipal law, this program will focus on ethical dilemmas lawyers face representing public sector clients and strategies to address those concerns.
 
Specifically, the program will discuss statutory powers of solicitors and how the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct affect the delivery of legal advice and services to public sector clients. Advising clients against the backdrop of the Sunshine Law, Ethics Act and Right to Know Law will also be addressed. Practical strategies for managing difficult ethical dilemmas both at and outside the meeting setting will be discussed. Close Full Description
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The Impaired Lawyer - A Call for Action
Recent studies show that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The Education and Outreach... Read More »
Recent studies show that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession.
The Education and Outreach Coordinator from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss the early warning signs of impairment and how best to approach impaired individuals. The LCL services that are available to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students will also be detailed. A practicing lawyer with over 40 years of experience will share his story of addiction and impairment and the role that LCL played in saving his life and restoring his place in the legal profession.
 
This program will educate the bar with scientifically based information about a disease that, if left untreated, can be fatal but with proper treatment have a good prognosis for recovery. Close Full Description
1:47:45
The Road Ahead: Our Autonomous Future
The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-dr... Read More »
The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-driving cars, Pittsburgh residents not only regularly hear stories about how these vehicles will change our lives, but local residents actually share the road with them.

Much of the news from this industry concerns the engineering, economic and/or public-reaction aspects of these vehicles. But what are the legal issues affecting their development and adoption? This program aims to cover basic legal topics, including terminology and related problems; regulators and their powers; insurance; collisions and litigation; and ethical and moral questions. The presentation should boost attendees' understanding of this revolutionary and inevitable part of the future and shed light on how much remains to be accomplished. Close Full Description
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Tips and Tools to Tackle Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma – the internal transformation experienced by attorneys who come into contact with a traumatic situation, information or materials – is a real problem in the legal profession. ... Read More »
Vicarious trauma – the internal transformation experienced by attorneys who come into contact with a traumatic situation, information or materials – is a real problem in the legal profession.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about vicarious trauma and the impact it can have on them as practitioners. Attendees will hear from attorneys who are committed to pro bono and "low bono" work, and how through engaging in that work, they experienced vicarious trauma. Panelists will engage with attendees in an interactive manner to share tools and tips that can be helpful in combating vicarious trauma. Additionally, attendees will learn how to look for warning signs that they may be experiencing vicarious trauma. Close Full Description
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Transitioning Your Practice: The Mind, the Money and the Rules
This program features an in-depth discussion regarding the necessity of careful practice and insurance planning for firms and solo practitioners when the structure of a practice changes. Situations... Read More »
This program features an in-depth discussion regarding the necessity of careful practice and insurance planning for firms and solo practitioners when the structure of a practice changes. Situations such as a firm merging, a firm bringing in lateral hires, a group of attorneys within a firm "spinning off" or even when lawyers decide to retire all have specific nuances and liability implications. The discussion will include the ethical issues that lawyers face when their practice changes, as well as risk management issues to keep in mind. Presenters also will discuss what to look for in a "claims made and reported policy" and with "tail coverage." Close Full Description
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What to do When You're Not in the Room Where it Happened
From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don't know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving ... Read More »
From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don't know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving people away and how to address it. Doing so is simply good business; improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line. Turnover is expensive.
 
With a supportive environment, proper policies and a plan for investigating and dealing with complaints, you can create a culture where you are "in the know." This program will provide another toolkit of concrete actions, policies and strategies to create an environment where people are comfortable coming forward with complaints and ways to properly investigate and address issues. This will also increase your ability to create a positive, professional workplace that cultivates and retains the best talent and protect your assets.
 
The program will explain how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism and the judicial ethical requirements for the treatment and management of staff and lawyers. Close Full Description
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Where There is a WILL, There is a Way: Be a Steward for Inclusion
Law firms and corporate legal departments benefit when attorneys of all backgrounds gain the skills and opportunities necessary to ascend the ranks and develop into high-performing leaders within t... Read More »
Law firms and corporate legal departments benefit when attorneys of all backgrounds gain the skills and opportunities necessary to ascend the ranks and develop into high-performing leaders within their organizations. Ensuring that all attorneys have those opportunities requires more than just mentoring. When senior attorneys advocate on other attorneys' behalf, seek opportunities for them, and/or take an active role in their development as attorneys and leaders, the attorneys are much more likely to become high-performing leaders and to remain in their organizations.
 
Studies routinely show, however, that women in the workplace are not receiving the mentorship or sponsorship that their male colleagues receive. In the wake of widespread media reports of sexual harassment, this problem is getting worse. Research indicates that almost half of male managers are uncomfortable participating in common work activities with women, such as mentoring, working alone or socializing together. This is an enormous setback.
 
The ACBA Women's Institute for Leadership in Law (WILL) was specifically designed to help support our participants in WILL with access to a "steward." Each steward serves a vital role in helping address the critical need for mentorship, sponsorship and stewardship of our women leaders. Close Full Description

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