The Mind of the Virtuous Lawyer (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $180 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the entire September 2014 live semiar, The Mind of the Virtuous Lawyer, featuring Jack Marshall.

The irony of legal ethics is that a lawyer’s own skills can make ethical decision-making more illusory. Trained as zealous advocates, lawyers are capable of making persuasive arguments to support a course of action, and sometimes that course of action is ethically dubious. In order to be sure the ethical side prevails in the crucial internal debates that precede critical legal decisions, lawyers must be ready to counter the more persuasive arguments of their toughest adversaries—themselves.

The Mind of the Virtuous Lawyer is a challenging legal ethics seminar that examines current ethical issues with the lurking rationalizations that can create dilemmas:

  • Is a Rules provision that is unenforceable really a rule?
  • Can cost/benefit analysis be applied to ethical choices?
  • Is “everybody does it” ever a legitimate argument?
  • Are “little violations” worth worrying about?
  • Is it acceptable to “pick your battles” when ethics are involved?
  • Does the other side’s ethical standards affect yours?

Participants will be asked to analyze complex hypothetical situations that explore multiple ethical issues, including:

  • Arguing a client’s position in legal journals
  • Personal positions at odds with legal norms, and advising a client in civil disobedience
  • Ethically dubious courtroom tricks that work
  • Protecting client information
  • Technology pitfalls
  • Unexpected conflicts
  • Withdraw or remedy?
  • Responding to colleague misconduct
  • Ethical pitfalls in changing firms, clients, and professions… and more

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Jack Marshall, ProEthics / Alexandria
Mr. Marshall founded and has served as president and CEO of ProEthics, Ltd. for 17 years, has created more than 140 interactive ethics programs for bar associations, law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. A member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations, Mr. Marshall has served as adjunct professor of legal ethics at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Harvard College, where he specialized in American government and leadership, and Georgetown University Law Center, he practiced criminal law in Massachusetts and organization law in the District of Columbia, and led non-profit organizations devoted to education, public policy research, and health.

His articles and commentary on topics ranging from leadership to ethics to popular culture have appeared in numerous regional and national periodicals, and his ethics analysis has been featured on a wide variety of talk shows, from the Montel Williams Show to Neil Cavuto’s “News Hour” to PBS’s “Religion and Ethics Weekly” to National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More.” Mr. Marshall was recently named to the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business (

Mr. Marshall is also an award-winning stage director, and is the artistic director for The American Century Theater, a professional non-profit theater company dedicated to producing classic American plays. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and business partner, Grace Marshall, their son Grant, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Rugby. Like many who are interested in the nature of good, evil, justice, and chaos, Mr. Marshall is a lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox.


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