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Many of these programs help you meet your ethics/professional responsibility requirement!

  Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Don't Try This At Home: Why You Should Never Emulate TV Lawyers

Lawyers on our favorite legal dramas - Boston Legal, The Practice, L.A. Law - often act in ways that would cause significant trouble for actual lawyers. In this multimedia presentation, legal humorist Sean Carter demonstrates some of the worst of TV lawyer behavior and explains how similar (although less severe) behavior sometimes creeps into the actual practice of law, decreasing a lawyer's ability to best serve his or her clients and uphold the ideals of the profession.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Sue Unto Others As You Would Have Them Sue Unto You

Increasingly, lawyer civility and congeniality is becoming a thing of the past. Yet, it doesn't have to be that way. In this humorous presentation, veteran attorney and legal humorist Sean Carter reminds you that zealous advocacy does not require you to be a zealot.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:00am-1:00pm


The 2020 Ethy Awards

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys.

Humorist Sean Carter hosts the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as:

  • Worst Original Excuse
  • Best Courtroom Outburst
  • Most Creative Billing
  • Least Competent
  • And much more

In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter demonstrates how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

CLE Credit 2.0 Hours Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $180 | NCBA Member $140 | >REGISTER NOW

  Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Lies, Damn Lies and Legal Marketing: The Ethics of Legal Marketing

What is effective advertising in other fields is rarely acceptable in the field of law. In this entertaining ethics course, Sean Carter examines in detail the ethical rules concerning marketing and their practical implications. The program also covers common advertising strategies employed by attorneys, and the pitfalls many attorneys will encounter.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Enough is Enough: Avoiding Vexatious Lawyering

While lawyers are expected to provide their clients with zealous representation, we are not allowed to become outright zealots in pursuit of our client's objectives. Yet, time and again, this is precisely what happens as lawyers become fixated on winning at all costs. And as a result, they end up paying the ultimate price -- the loss of their license to practice law.

In this sobering but surprisingly funny presentation, legal humorist Sean Carter distinguishes permissible zealous legal practices from unethical legal zealotry.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Lawyers Gone Wild: The Ethical Dangers of Compulsive Behavior

The practice of law is stressful and at some point, we all must go out and "blow off some steam." However, it's important for lawyers to understand the importance of creating healthy diversions and avoiding activities that can "burn" them in the long-term. In this surprisingly funny webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter demonstrates the ethical pitfalls that await those who fall for the allure of habit-forming substances and activities.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


Keep It Classy (and Ethical): How Not to Market Legal Services

With current technology, legal marketing has never been easier or less expensive. Anyone with a cell phone can shoot and distribute a commercial online in a matter of minutes. Moreover, lawyers can make their presence known on social media, blogs, law firm websites and lawyer referral sites. It's never been easier for a lawyer to get the word out. Nor has it ever been easier for lawyers to run afoul of the ethical rules regulating legal marketing.

In this fun multimedia presentation, legal humorist Sean Carter shows examples of lawyers who cross the boundaries of legal ethics (or just good taste).

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00am-12:00pm


The 2020 Ethy Awards

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys.

Humorist Sean Carter hosts the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as:

  • Worst Original Excuse
  • Best Courtroom Outburst
  • Most Creative Billing
  • Least Competent
  • And much more

In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter demonstrates how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

CLE Credit 2.0 Hours Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $180 | NCBA Member $140 | >REGISTER NOW

  Tuesday, February 25, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm


Ethical Jeopardy: A CLE Game Show

In Ethical Jeopardy, compete against lawyers from across the country in answering legal ethics-related questions, such as the one below:

Which of the following is NOT grounds to disclose client information?

  1. To prevent death or harm to another person
  2. To defend oneself against civil, criminal or disciplinary charges
  3. To impress prospective clients
  4. To prevent fraud

Through the polling feature on our platform, lawyers are allowed to make their selections. At the end of the program, each participant receives their score, along with their "player ranking." Oh yeah, and you just might learn something in the process.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm


Show Me The Ethics!: The Ethical Way to Bill for Legal Services

While it is important for lawyers to be compensated for their services, it is even more important for lawyers to use ethical billing and collection practices in securing such compensation. Drawing on examples provided by current and past nominees from his annual Ethy Awards for the worst ethical behavior, legal humorist Sean Carter provides a poignant reminder of how NOT to bill clients and collect fees. And in the process, he reinforces the relevant legal ethics principles underlying such practices.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:45-7:45pm


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 Mr. 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.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Thursday, February 27, 2020, 8:00-9:00pm


Yelp, I've Fallen for Social Media and I Can't LinkedOut: The Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the other social media tools have become ubiquitous in our high-tech society. And while social media can undoubtedly help lawyers to enhance their networks of colleagues, clients and prospective clients, it can also ensnare the unwary in a web of ethical violations.

Satisfies NC State Bar Technology Training requirement

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Friday, February 28, 2020, 10:00-11:00am


Who Wants to be Disbarred?: A CLE Game Show

In Who Wants to be Disbarred?, compete against lawyers from across the country in answering legal ethics-related questions, such as the one below:

Which of the following conflicts of interest is prohibited by the ethics canon?

  1. Being related to the client
  2. Going to the same high school as the judge
  3. Being close friends with opposing counsel
  4. Lending money to the client

Through the polling feature on our platform, lawyers are allowed to make their selections. At the end of the program, each participant receives their score, along with their "player ranking." Oh yeah, and you just might learn something in the process.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Friday, February 28, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm


The Weakest Lawyer: A CLE Game Show

In The Weakest Lawyer, compete against lawyers from across the country in answering legal ethics-related questions, such as the one below:

Which of the following is a permissible legal marketing ploy?

  1. Offering a money-back guarantee for criminal defense
  2. Offering loans to personal injury clients
  3. Providing testimonials from past clients
  4. Mentioning that you are friends with many judges
  5. BANK IT!

Through the polling feature on our platform, lawyers are allowed to make their selections (including to "bank" all previously won amounts). At the end of the program, each participant receives their score, along with their "player ranking." Oh yeah, and you just might learn something in the process.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Friday, February 28, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm


Lawyers Gone Wild: The Ethical Dangers of Compulsive Behavior

The practice of law is stressful and at some point, we all must go out and "blow off some steam." However, it's important for lawyers to understand the importance of creating healthy diversions and avoiding activities that can "burn" them in the long-term. In this surprisingly funny webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter demonstrates the ethical pitfalls that await those who fall for the allure of habit-forming substances and activities.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:00-9:00pm


Discipline or No Discipline: A CLE Game Show

In Discipline or No Discipline, you are presented with the facts of an actual disciplinary matter and then offered a "deal" (e.g., a reprimand, 1-year suspension, etc.). You will then be asked to make a decision whether the lawyer should have accepted the proposed discipline or to try for a better outcome. You score points whenever you make the right decision for your client.

Through the polling feature on our platform, lawyers are allowed to make their selections. At the end of the program, each participant receives their score, along with their "player ranking." Oh yeah, and you just might learn something in the process.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW

  Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00-11:00am


The 2020 Ethy Awards

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys.

Humorist Sean Carter hosts the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as:

  • Worst Original Excuse
  • Best Courtroom Outburst
  • Most Creative Billing
  • Least Competent
  • And much more

In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter demonstrates how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

CLE Credit 2.0 Hours Ethics/Professional Responsibility | Standard $180 | NCBA Member $140 | >REGISTER NOW

  Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm


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 Mr. 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.

CLE Credit 1.0 Hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health | Standard $90 | NCBA Member $70 | >REGISTER NOW
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