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Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30-9:00pm

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Join Sean Carter, America's Funniest Lawyer, for a day of comedic legal education as he delivers three hilarious CLE programs that qualify for 2 hours of legal ethics and 1 hour of substance abuse.

Loose Lips Sink Partnerships (and Clients Too): The Ethical Way to Honor Client Confidentiality

One of the most sacrosanct duties for lawyers is the duty of confidentiality.

A client has a right to trust that his or her lawyer will not improperly divulge information about the representation.

This trust is one of the hallmarks of the client-lawyer relationship.

In this surprisingly funny webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter explores the contours of the rules concerning lawyer confidentiality.

Drawing on examples from his annual Ethy Awards for the worst ethical behavior, Sean Carter illustrates the ethical consequences of violating these rules.

In particular, this webinar covers:

  • The general duties of confidentiality to prospective, current and past clients
  • How and when clients can waive their right to confidentiality
  • The circumstances in which lawyers may ethically disclose client information
  • The duty to avoid even inadvertent and unauthorized disclosures
  • The consequences of breaching confidentiality

While issues of attorney-client privilege and work product may arise in this webinar, the main focus is on confidentiality as required by the ethics rules.

Attorney, Heal Thyself: The Detection, Treatment and Prevention of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a huge problem in the legal profession.

Lawyers suffer among the highest rates of alcoholism, drug addiction and being shot in the face by the former Vice President.

And while Sean Carter can't do much about Dick Cheney's aim, he can show you how to detect, treat and prevent substance abuse within your organization.

In this webinar, the speaker discusses substance abuse and common mental illnesses that impair a lawyer's ability to faithfully fulfill his/her duties as both an advocate and an officer of the court.

Specifically, the speaker explains how substance abuse and mental illness play a part in many disciplinary matters / malpractice cases and the most common ethical violations resulting from these ailments (e.g., failure to communicate, lack of diligence, trust account violations, etc.).

The speaker then closely examines the detection, treatment and prevention of each specific malady.

Don't Be an Outlaw: The Ethycal Imperative to Follow the Law

Lawyers must not only have a fundamental understanding of the law, but also, a fundamental commitment to abiding by it.

And while the necessity to avoid committing major felonies is obvious to everyone, some lawyers forget about the necessity to follow the "little laws" as well.

In this eye-opening webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter recounts the tales of past Ethy Award nominees (those who were recognized the best of the worst ethics violations).

These lawyers learned, albeit too late, that if you do even a minor crime, you will do the disciplinary time.

For an officer of the court and one who has sworn an oath of fidelity to the law, there is very little tolerance for any unlawful behavior, even that which would be considered minor or insignificant to most citizens.

In this webinar, humorist Sean Carter demonstrates how even the smallest legal infractions can carry large ethical sanctions.

And he provides tips to help lawyers from inadvertently crossing the legal trip wires as they pertain to:

  • The unauthorized practice of law
  • Moral character and fitness
  • Low crimes and misdemeanors
  • Criminal infractions
  • Crimes of passion

All registrations are taken through our partner Mesa CLE. The NCBAF CLE department will faciliatate the attendance reporting with the NC State Bar.

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Product Information
Product Date:
February 28, 2019
Ethics and Substance Abuse Three-Pack

Standard: $270
NCBA Member: $210


Speaker Information
Sean A Carter   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 3.00
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 2.00
Substance Abuse/Mental Health (SA/MH): 1.00
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