CLE# 2010-056: WEBINAR: Sue Unto Others, As You Would Have Them Sue Unto You
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Increasingly, lawyer civility is becoming a thing of the past. Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Civil litigtion need not lead to all-out civil war. As legal professionals, lawyers have an obligation to act just that way -- professionally. In this humorous presentation, veteran attorney and legal humorist Sean Carter will remind you that zealous advocacy does not require you to be a zealot.
It’s possible to be courteous, kind, accommodating and effective. In fact, for the continued well-bing of the profession (and yourself), it’s necessary. In particular, Mr. Carter will discuss practical ways to:
- Reduce the hostility in interactions with even the most difficult opposing counsel
- Increase camaraderie among colleagues
- Diffuse tensions among warring clients
- Secure accommodations from opposing counsel
- Structure more mutually beneficial arrangements with clients
- Preserve the integrity of the profession
- Always maintain proper decorum before the court
- Assist in providing pro bono legal services
- Serve the bar and the legal profession
- Provide service to the community at large
Sean Carter graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992. His ten years of legal practice focused on corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions. During this time, he represented such clients as GNC, Experian, The Boston Beer Company Homeside Lending, Safelite Auto Glass, J. Crew and many others. Most recently, he served as in-house counsel to a publicly-traded finance company.
In 2002, Mr. Carter left the practice of law to pursue a career as the country’s foremost Humorist at Law. Since then, Mr. Carter has crisscrossed the country delivering his Lawpsided Seminars for state and local bar associations, law firms, in-house corporate legal departments and law schools. Each year, he presents more than 100 humorous programs on such topics as legal ethics, stress management, constitutional law, legal marketing and much more.
Mr. Carter is the author of the first-ever comedic legal treatise -- If It Does Not Fit, Must You Acquit?: Your Humorous Guide to the Law. His syndicated legal humor column has appeared in general circulation newspapers in more than 30 states and his weekly humor column for lawyers appeared in the ABA e-Report from 2003 to 2006.
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