Friday, May 18, 2018

1:15 PM-4:30 PM

Louisville Bar Center
  • Judge $0.00
  • LBA Young Lawyers $90.00
  • Member $180.00
  • Non-Member $360.00
  • Paralegal Member $90.00
  • Sustaining $162.00

May 17, 2018 11:00 PM

Most serious legal malpractice claims and successful bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations. (Don’t take money from the client trust account. Keep clients reasonably informed about the progress of a case or a transaction-even when it’s bad news. Don’t sleep with the attractive domestic client you are representing in an ongoing divorce proceeding. Be candid with the court., etc..) It’s not rocket science-in fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic Professional Responsibility class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens. A lot. Even to our own friends and colleagues at the bar.

This engaging, highly interactive program provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ lawyers ‘go bad’?” Vignettes from an original short film, written and co-produced by ReelTime CLE founders Michael Kahn and Chris Osborn, serve as the catalyst for a practical and informative consideration of the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in managing the day-to-day practice of law.

Come join us for this workshop and you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how to guard against ethical missteps by better understanding the complex interplay of various factors that can contribute to them.
  • Explore the roles of stress, core values, organizational “culture,” and cumulative choices in the ethical decision-making process
  • Gain practical, concrete guidance on how to manage one’s practice so as to better navigate the inevitable tension between personal and professional pressures.
  • Implement best practices for setting and managing client expectations (particularly with regard to workload, the need for the client’s cooperation, expected costs, and the range of possible outcomes in the litigation process).
  • Identify and implement sustainable strategies for minimizing the negative effects of stress and pressure in the practice of law.


Meet Our Speakers: 

In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is the founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution, which provides Superior Court mediations, collaborative law approaches for construction, busi-ness, and employment disputes, and pre-litigation conflict coaching and conflict conciliation services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Supe-rior Court mediator since 2009 and has assisted the vast majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of liti-gation matters, including business breakups, con-struction and employment law disputes, and will caveat disputes.

Michael Kahn is a "recovering law-yer," having practiced for 6 years with the New Jersey Attorney General's office. He is a licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon, and his psychotherapy practice has focused on helping clients deal with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues. He co-facilitates grief groups for lawyers in Oregon and Vancouver, BC. Michael pre-sents training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, wellness, diversity and inclusion and other topics throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military in Germany and Japan. He also is a professional coach and provides assistance with career issues, stress management, retirement, and coping with change.

COST: LBA Member: $180 | LBA Sustaining Member: $162 | LBA YLS Member: $90 | LBA Paralegal Member: $90 | Non-Member: $360

Attend BOTH sessions: LBA Member: $349 | LBA Sustaining Member: $315 | LBA YLS Member: $180 | LBA Paralegal Member: $180 | Non-Member: $698. To register for both programs and receive the discount, please call the LBA at 502-583-5314; discount not available through online registration. 


All handout materials are via electronic download. Paper copy may be purchased for an additional cost.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received by the LBA no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2018 to receive a full refund. Substitutions are allowed.


Credit Status: Approved
  • General (1)
  • Ethics (2)