Ethics Wars! The Force of the Rules vs. The Dark Side, featuring Jack Marshall and John May

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

Tuesday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 3.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Live on Site Registration Fees: $199 regular registration (eBook).
$239 regular registration plus printed materials.
Webcast/Telephone Registration Fee: $199 regular registration (eBook).

Information

Why Attend?

  • Learn about new and looming ethics developments from a nationally acclaimed ethicist and a legal malpractice and bar discipline specialist
  • Earn 3.0 hours of MCLE Ethics credit

The live-on-site option for this seminar has been canceled, but the September 28 and October 27 Webcast/Telephone presentations will still be presented as previously scheduled.

In the legal galaxy not so far away, lawyers, the legal profession, law firms, and even legal ethics scholars are facing rapidly developing events and meteoric developments that threaten to turn the universe of law practice as we know it inside out, and maybe worse. Bedrock assumptions about what constitutes ethical practice are being challenged. Technology and the reactions to the pandemic have exposed deep anachronisms in what have been regarded as settled legal ethics principles. This makes 2021 a frightening time to be a lawyer, but, as compensation, it also makes for a great legal ethics CLE seminar.

Continuing their sometimes contentious debates that enlivened 2019’s “The Greatest Legal Ethics Seminar Ever Taught” and last year’s Zoomed “Your 2020 Legal Ethics Survival Kit,” legal ethicist and lawyer Pro Ethics president Jack Marshall, representing the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct and aspirational legal ethics, will cross lightsabers with litigator, law firm partner, and malpractice specialist John May, representing the intimidating Business of Law Empire, as well as the realities of legal practice that make ethical dilemmas a lot more complicated than typical seminar hypotheticals pretend. Among the many issues this interactive and dynamic three-hour seminar will explore:

  • The dangerous politicizing of legal practice
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law traps
  • The business of law and the profession of law: can they continue to co-exist?
  • The crucial battle over Rule 8.4g
  • Conflicts of interest that can sneak up on you
  • When to violate confidentiality … or not
  • How unenforced rules are placing clients at risk
  • Is fee-splitting with non-lawyers becoming “ethical”?
  • Plus, still unsettled legal ethics mysteries, and up-to-the-day developments

The webcast/telephone registration options are eligible for discounts.

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Registration for the live-on-site option will close at 5:00 p.m. on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.
No Walk-in registration is permitted.

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

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

WEBCAST/TELEPHONE COURSE SCHEDULE (September 28) (Eastern Time)

9:00 Session 1
Jack Marshall and John May
10:30 Break
10:45 Session 2
Jack Marshall and John May
12:15 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

WEBCAST/TELEPHONE COURSE SCHEDULE (October 27) (Eastern Time)

1:00 Session 1
Jack Marshall and John May
2:30 Break
2:45 Session 2
Jack Marshall and John May
4:15 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Jack Marshall, ProEthics, Ltd. / Alexandria
John Tremain May, Jordan Coyne LLP / Fairfax


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Jack Marshall, ProEthics, Ltd. / Alexandria

Jack Marshall is president and founder of ProEthics, a 22-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 Tremain 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 actually has performed there.

Locations, Dates and Fees

WEBCAST/TELEPHONE REGISTRATION FEE (September 28 and October 27) (All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$199 regular registration.


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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