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Larry J. Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused in his more than twenty six years of practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in Arizona since 1985. Mr. Cohen also has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, is currently participating in a post-doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology and looks ahead one day to starting a doctoral studies in clinical psychology when he completes the post-doc. He has taught and done research at the University of Michigan School of Law, has served on the adjunct faculty of the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University and currently teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the Phoenix School of Law. Mr. Cohen speaks nationally to groups of lawyers, other professionals, insurance companies, governmental entities, risk managers and other interest groups about litigation and trial practice matters, legal ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and issues in brain damage, law and medicine and law and psychology. He has received awards from the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of New Mexico for excellence in continuing legal education. He also received a President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona for contributions in continuing legal education.
8:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Professionalism for Profit, for Fun and because it is the Right Thing to Do!
With special guest speaker, Mike Schneider
Unlike ethics, where the focus is on the rules, and what lawyers must do, this professionalism course focuses on the kind of behavior we would like to see lawyers engage in, to advance the image of the profession generally. Through movie and television clips, hypothetical’s and a game show format we will explore what professionalism is, how it will help you in your practice, both financially and with the quality of your life, what it can do to enhance your image in the community and the courts, and the lessons it teaches for dealing with difficult people. The goal is to see that professionalism is not just something we should aspire to because the bar says we should, but because it enhances immeasurably the quality of life for us, our clients, our colleagues and our profession.
3.0 Ethics Credits
1:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Evidence at the Movies
With special guest speakers Judge Beverly Cutler (Ret.) and Ray Brown
Using clips from movies and television programs we will explore the letter and the rules of evidence and their application in everyday law practice. The clips depict evidence issues being raised at hearings and trials through motions and objections and then rulings on those objections. Over the course of this three hour program we will explore evidence rules dealing with relevance, witness competence, impeachment, privilege, lay and expert opinion witnesses and hearsay. This is an entertaining program that will raise your consciousness and about and provide immediately helpful suggestions about the rules of evidence.
3.0 General Credits