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CLE# 2012-001: Quicksand and Power Tools

Credits: 3.0 General / 3.0 Ethics

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012


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Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Quicksand: Ethical Hazards for Solos, Small Firms and New Lawyers
3.0 Ethics CLE Credits

Ethical violations and crimes by lawyers in solo and small law offices are different from the ones committed by our colleagues in Big Law.   As an investigator and, later as chair of the NJ Supreme Court District Attorney Ethics Committee, Marc Garfinkle saw first-hand the common ethical pitfalls for new lawyers and those in small firm and solo practices.  He points out hidden dangers and shows ways to recognize and avoid them.  

Learn to:
• Recognize the most common potential conflicts of interest
• Improve communication with the court, the client and the adversary
• Understand and manage your client’s expectation
• Get out of problem cases early
• Avoid the dangers of undercapitalization
• Avoid the dangers of inexperience

Emphasizing the importance of defensive practices, Marc exhorts his audience to “Get it in writing.”  “Know your stuff and know your depth.” “Get mentors – no matter long you’ve been doing this!”  Humorous and fast-moving, this talk will tune-up your ethical antennae and help keep you out of trouble.

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Power Tools for Lawyers: Using Themes and Labels to Make Your Point
3.0 General CLE Credits

Good facts, bad facts and neutral facts.  How do you sort through them all to make a coherent, purposeful point?  Let Seton Hall Law School Professor of Persuasion and Advocacy Marc Garfinkle show you how to use themes and labels to improve your oral and written advocacy. 

Themes are the “back story,” the universal truth or the moral lesson or an interesting observation that your facts reveal.  They are memorable and they support your point.  Labels are quick, subtle ways to editorialize your subject without breaking stride.  Use them liberally.   

In a fun and interactive environment, you will improve:
• Your story-telling techniques that will improve your advocacy
• Your vocabulary using words you already know
• Your ability to “think on your feet.”

You will learn things that you will keep for your lifetime.  Guaranteed!

**A LIMITED number of spots are available to have dinner with Marc Garfinkle after the program. 
This up-close experience is your opportunity to learn from an expert in a friendly environment. 
To reserve your space, please contact Mary Patrick, CLE Director, at patrickm@alaskabar.org
Dinner is strictly optional and is a self-pay event.


Also listed in: Ethics / Professional Responsibility

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