Friday, September 18, 2020

12:30 PM-2:30 PM

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September 18, 2020 9:00 AM

Please register for the CLE through the LBA system to receive further information on how to sign in, register and pay on the ReelTime CLE platform. Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $50.00 until September 11, 2020.
$75 after September 11, 2020.
Payment will be collected via the ReelTime CLE website. 
Just Mercy and Access to Justice 2.0: What Can I Do to Help Confront Systemic Racism? 
The critically acclaimed 2020 film Just Mercy brings to life the powerful and thought-provoking true story of newly-minted lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice on behalf of innocent people wrongfully convicted. Stevenson’s story of navigating multiple levels of appeal and habeas corpus review, serving the most underserved criminal defendants, and confronting the demons of overt racism and implicit bias presents a perfect catalyst for engaging conversations about the cracks and flaws in our system, and what seemingly “ordinary” lawyers can do about it.
With its honest portrayal of the toll that this kind of work takes on a lawyer, the film also provides a profound opportunity to consider how lawyers can (a) develop greater resilience in the face of adversity, and (b) develop a sustainable passion for doing meaningful work to provide greater access to justice for the underserved. Chris Osborn, JD & Michael Kahn, JD, LPC will provide practical tips and strategies for engaging in this gut-wrenching work without burning out in the process.
To make sure this program is practical and well-informed, we will be joined in this conversation by folks “in the trenches”—not only those who have been doing the work, but also some of the grateful clients who have benefitted from it. This lively interactive virtual program will provide practical takeaways and guidance for developing resilience that are applicable for lawyers in all kinds of practice areas and all types of cases.
Participants in this live webinar will be encouraged and equipped to:
  1. Identify implicit biases and understand how they operate, as well as the settings and circumstances in which they are more likely to show up
  2. Recognize the hallmarks of systemic racism, and commit to the path of pursuing anti-racism, instead of staying silent and thereby compounding existing problems
  3. Employ practical tools and strategies for confronting instances of bias and systemic injustices or inequities
  4. Take practical steps to help providing meaningful access to justice for the chronically disadvantaged and marginalized
  5. Understand the concept of vicarious trauma, and how to develop effective habits and commitments to sustainable and effective self-care and well-being, no matter what type of law or in what settings they practice
Each segment will include provocative film clips and a lovely roundtable discussion with our special guests.
12:30 “Illuminating Bias-and Confronting Racism”- A Deeper Dive into The Role of Unconscious Bias and Systemic Racism in Hindering Access to Justice
1:00 Doing Justice and Loving Mercy: The mindsets, mentality, and strategies that make all the difference
1:30 “How Can I Help?” - Thinking differently about why we don’t do more pro bono work—and how to change that.
2:00 Failure is an Option—and Somewhat Inevitable: Practical & Sustainable Strategies for Developing Resilience and Maintaining Well-Being-in All Areas of Practice
About 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 mediation, pre- litigation dispute resolution, and collaborative law services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior 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 litigation matters, including business breakups, construction and employment law disputes, and will caveat disputes.

From 2012-2015, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” Civil Procedure, Contracts, “Problems in Practice: Commercial Transactions,” and “Intro to the Study of Law.” While on the faculty, Chris’ scholarly research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Chris began practicing litigation in Charlotte. He served as a career law clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III before joining Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, in 2001. During his 11 years as an associate and a shareholder with the firm, Chris handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment disputes in Superior and District Courts, as well as in all three North Carolina federal district courts.

Michael Kahn holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, and practiced law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for 6 years. Although he left the practice of law in 1991, his work thereafter has kept him involved in the lives of lawyers in various capacities. Following a stint as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, Michael obtained his M. Ed. in Counseling from UNC-Greensboro in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina.

Michael’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice have included anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues, and he has worked with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings. In 2012, he relocated to Oregon, where in addition to continuing his speaking career, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling and co-facilitates grief groups for lawyers.

Michael currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where he serves part-time on the counseling staff of the Lawyers Assistance Program of British Columbia. He continues to present training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, wellness, diversity and inclusion, and other topics for lawyers and mental health professionals throughout the U.S., Japan and Germany, including for the U.S. military.


Cathleen Price is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School who works on behalf of death-sentenced prisoners, other offenders subject to excessively harsh punishments, and communities marginalized by poverty and chronic discrimination. Following a clerkship with Justice Fred L. Banks, Jr., of the Mississippi Supreme Court, the bulk of her career has been spent with the Equal Justice Initiative, a dynamic non-profit law project that is widely recognized as one of the foremost human rights advocacy organizations in the United States working on criminal justice issues. Ms. Price litigates on behalf of individuals, advocates before legislators and other policymakers, and serves as faculty at

training seminars on the death penalty and related topics. In addition to direct legal assistance, Ms. Price provides consultation assistance to a range of activists and organizations whose work challenges the despair of our system of criminal justice. She also currently teaches in the American Studies department of Columbia University in New York, where she received her B.A. in 1992.


Aundre Herron is a criminal law attorney and professor with a master's degree in African-American studies who has handled many death penalty cases personally. She is active with anti- death penalty organizations, with the ACLU, and with the group, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation. Having lost family members of her own to the "homicide epidemic" in America, Professor Herron has a unique perspective on issues of race and the criminal justice system in our country.

She is also a stand-up comic. She lost a leg as a child and bills herself as the only one- legged stand-up comic in America.


Sean O’Brien has been director of various criminal defense clinics at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law since 1983, including the Public Defender Appeals Clinic, the Public Defender Trial Clinic and the Death Penalty Representation Clinic. Professor O’Brien served as the chief public defender in Kansas City, Mo., from 1985 through 1989, when he was appointed executive director of the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center, now the Public Interest Litigation Clinic, where he represents clients in capital trial, appeal and post-conviction cases.

Prof. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Arts in English with highest honors from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977, and his J.D. from UMKC School of Law, where he served on the Moot Court Board. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., for his pro bono work on behalf of condemned prisoners.

LaMonte McIntyre was wrongly convicted in 1994 at the age of 17 in Wyandotte, KS for a double murder. Lamonte was exonerated on October 13, 2017 at the age of 41 after serving 23 years as an innocent man. Since Lamonte's release he continues to share his story of wrongful conviction. Lamonte testified in front of Kansas State legislators in an effort to compensate the wrongfully convicted. He is co-founder, with Darryl Burton, of Miracle of Innocence whose mission is to free the innocent and provide care for them when they come home.

Lamonte graduated from Headlines Barber Academy in October 2018 with his barber license, he continues to work at Headlines where is now co-owner and a student instructor. While at Headlines, Lamonte has organized back to school events, food and coat drives in the community.

This is a LIVE program and any post-event recordings will be subject to the On-Demand fee(s).

Credit Status: Pending
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