The Greatest Legal Ethics Seminar Ever Taught, Featuring Jack Marshall and John May

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

Live on Site: Tuesday, September 17 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
  Wednesday, September 18 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Legal ethics CLE has never been more challenging or stimulating than in this 3-hour course, team taught by two dynamic and unorthodox lawyer-ethicists. The program will sharpen legal ethics problem detection skills, bring attendees up to date on developing changes, shifting approaches, and looming perils in legal ethics in Virginia and other jurisdictions, and also bring fascinating legal ethics problems into focus through lively debate.

The course will …

  • Explore how much personal judgment and legal ethics perspective is required of each practitioner
  • Dramatically show how essential it is to keep up with new developments, and have quick access to authorities and assistance when unexpected dilemmas surface
  • Focus on common legal ethics problems that have proved resistant to efforts to resolve them, leaving practitioners vulnerable
  • Provide an instant tune-up for Virginia lawyers ethics problem-solving skills

Legal ethics CLE credits are useless unless they are meaningful. These three hours of instruction are specifically designed to stimulate the legal ethics instinct while illustrating the many tools that can and should be accessed when ethics problems appear: the rules, legal ethics opinions, court opinions, history, basic ethics principles, the lessons of history, literature, and popular culture, and most of all, personal character and common sense.

Legal ethicist, lawyer, and writer Jack Marshall reunites with legal malpractice and bar discipline specialist John May to lead attendees in an exploration of such issues as …

  • Staying ethical with the unethical client
  • Ethical handling of litigation surprises
  • Confidentiality traps
  • Conflicts-of-rules crises
  • How to use technology without being destroyed by it
  • Personal/professional conflicts
  • The duty to warn
  • Ethics trends in legal culture
  • The unresolved professional-business breach
  • Sexual harassment perils
  • Zealous representation vs. the public good
  • The special dilemmas of government lawyers and corporate general counsel

... And more.

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8:30 Registration
9:00 The Greatest Legal Ethics Seminar Ever Taught*
12:15 Adjourn

*Includes a 15-minute break



Jack Marshall
, ProEthics, Ltd. / Alexandria
Jack Marshall is president and founder of ProEthics, a 19-year-old national ethics training firm. A Massachusetts and D.C. lawyer and professional writer and stage director, Marshall specializes in bringing the techniques of theater, comedy, and satire to the legal ethics CLE, and regularly presents jurisdiction- and practice-specific seminars to bar associations, law firms, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies nationally and internationally.

John T. May, Jordan Coyne LLP / Fairfax
John May is Senior Counsel at Jordan Coyne LLP. He joined the firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1987. Throughout his tenure, he represented clients in the area of professional malpractice including attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and title agents. He also represented attorneys in disciplinary matters before the D.C. Board of Professional Responsibility. His experience in this area includes service as a member, and subsequently as a chairman, of a hearing committee for the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility—the adjudicatory body for the D.C. attorney disciplinary system.  Mr. May retired from Jordan Coyne and assumed Senior Counsel status on January 1, 2019.  He has shared the breadth of his knowledge and experience with others through continuing legal education lectures and as an Adjunct Professor for fourteen years at the American University Washington College of Law on the topic of legal ethics. Notably, he has lectured on ethics and legal malpractice for the D.C. Bar, the Virginia Bar, Georgetown University Law Center, American University Law School, and the Ethics Resource Center, among others.  Mr. May spent many years as an actor and singer in local theater groups. Although many have practiced at the Supreme Court, he is one of the few attorneys who has actually performed there.

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$199* regular registration (without printed materials).
$229 regular registration plus printed materials.
$249 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Tuesday, September 17
The Place at Innsbrook (Detailed PDF Map / Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA
(804) 346-2100

FAIRFAX / Wednesday, September 18
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.
A special 15% discount on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $60 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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