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Show Me The Ethics!: The Ethycal Way to Bill for Legal Services
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

While it is important for lawyers to be compensated for their services, it is even more important for lawyers to use ethical billing and collection practices in securing such compensation. Drawing on examples provided by current and past nominees from his annual Ethy Awards for the worst ethical behavior, legal humorist Sean Carter will provide a poignant reminder of how NOT to bill clients and collect fees. And in the process, he will reinforce the relevant legal ethics principles underlying such practices.

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What NASCAR, Jay-Z and the Jersey Shore Teach About Ethics
Presented by: Stuart Teicher

Celebrities, sports, and modern culture all carry interesting and valuable messages for attorneys. In this one-of-a-kind, entertaining seminar, Stuart Teicher, Esq. explains how various elements of popular culture provide poignant ethics lessons that help us become better attorneys. Whether it's being aware of misconduct (Rule 8.4), maintaining competence (Rule 1.1) or matters of confidentiality (Rule 1.6), Mr. Teicher delivers an innovative, captivating program that's based firmly in attorney ethics.

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To Be Or Not To Be: Improve Your Writing Using E-Prime
Presented by: Mark Cohen

Would you like to clarify your thinking? Construct more persuasive arguments? Improve your writing? Reduce misunderstandings? You can do all of the above by using E-Prime.

In this eye-opening webinar, attorney and writer Mark Cohen will demonstrate the power of E-Prime, a writing system in which you avoid the verb to be. And by avoiding words such as "is," "am," "was," "were" and the like, you can improve your writing, clarify your thinking and providing better service to your clients as a lawyer.

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From Competence to Excellence: The Ethycal Imperative for Excellent Client Service
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

The very first rule of the ethics canon calls for lawyers to provide competent representation to clients. Yet, mere competence isn't enough to satisfy our ethical obligations to our clients. We must instead strive for excellence. In this unique webinar, noted legal humorist Sean Carter will highlight the need for excellence in client service and demonstrate the consequences of mediocrity by recounting the sagas of past Ethy Award nominees -- lawyers who earned CLE infamy for the failure to provide excellent client service.

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It's Not the Fruit, It's the Root: Getting to the Bottom of Our Ethical Ills
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

In this unique legal ethics seminar, Sean goes beyond the "dos" and "don'ts" of the Rules of Professional Conduct to get to the heart of the matter -- the common mindsets that result in ethical violations in the first place. Furthermore, he will provide tips and insights on how to heal ourselves from these mindsets so that the ethical canons become guide posts and not obstacles in our drive to become successful lawyers.

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The 2017 Ethy Awards
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys. Humorist Sean Carter will host the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as: Worst Original Excuse, Best Courtroom Outburst, Most Creative Billing, Least Competent, and much more. In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter will demonstrate how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

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How to Draft a Bad Contract
Presented by: Mark Cohen

There are many experts who will teach you how to draft a good contract. But only one legal writing pro will teach you how to draft a bad contract. Sure, a good contract (i.e., one that is consistent, precise and written in plain English) makes it easier for the parties to understand their rights and obligations. But by reducing the risk of misunderstandings (and resulting litigation), a good contract risks putting us all out of business. Therefore, with his tongue firmly in check, Mark Cohen presents this entertaining webinar to help you to draft better contracts.

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Deposition Do's and Don'ts
Presented by: Joel Oster

Over the last two decades, Joel Oster has been engaged in trial and appellate-level litigation in state and federal courts across the country. As a result, he has been witness to the best (and worst) of deposition practice. Using the comedic style that has earned him the moniker "Comedian at Law," Oster will share the lessons he has learned about the do's and don'ts of depositions.

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Yelp, I've Fallen for Social Media and I Can't LinkedOut: The Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the other social media tools have become ubiquitous in our high-tech society. And while social media can undoubtedly help lawyers to enhance their networks of colleagues, clients and prospective clients, it can also ensnare the unwary in a web of ethical violations.

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The 2017 Ethy Awards
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys. Humorist Sean Carter will host the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as: Worst Original Excuse, Best Courtroom Outburst, Most Creative Billing, Least Competent, and much more. In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter will demonstrate how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

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The Ties That Bind: Avoiding Inappropriate Entanglements in the Practice of Law
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

To be an effective advocate, a lawyer must maintain a fair degree of dispassionate objectivity. The lawyer who becomes personally involved in the representation does the client a disservice. This is even more true for the lawyer who becomes personally involved with the client. In this webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will explain the importance of avoiding this most basic conflict of interest and will relate the tragic (but sometimes fascinating) tales of lawyers who learned this lesson too late.

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The UCC Made Easy: The Webinar
Presented by: Robert LeVine

The Uniform Commercial Code has been called "the most ambitious codification ever undertaken," as its provisions cover billions of transactions daily. Just about any transaction involving the sale, lease, movement and financing of goods is governed by the UCC. Yet, very few lawyers have a solid understanding of this intricate system of rules and regulations.

Fortunately, the author of the acclaimed legal treatise, The UCC Made Easy, Robert LeVine can make the UCC easy to understand in this full-day seminar. And armed with a complete understanding of the UCC, lawyers can draft more favorable agreements for clients.

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The Passion of the Barrister: An Ethical Lawyer is a Happy Lawyer
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Has the practice of law lost its spark for you? Do you feel like you are just going through the motions? In this highly humorous yet motivating legal ethics presentation, Sean Carter will show you how to re-ignite your passion for the law by focusing on the ethical precepts which govern our profession. By examining the rules of our canon (and their underlying purpose), Mr. Carter hopes to remind you of the privilege and honor it is to be allowed to engage in the practice of law.

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Nice Lawyers Finish First
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

It's been said that nice guys finish last. And while that might be true in the rough and tumble arenas of politics, professional prize fighting and marriage, nothing could be further from the truth in the practice of law. Zealous representation doesn't require us to be zealots. In fact, the most effective representation requires just the opposite. Nice lawyers finish first ... and so do their clients!

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The 2017 Ethy Awards
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, in this program, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys. Humorist Sean Carter will host the festivities and announce the award winners in such categories as: Worst Original Excuse, Best Courtroom Outburst, Most Creative Billing, Least Competent, and much more. In the process of recapping some of the most egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter will demonstrate how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

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Sue Unto Others As You Would Have Them Sue Unto You
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Increasingly, lawyer civility and congeniality is becoming a thing of the past. Yet, it doesn't have to be that way. 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.

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Don't Be an Outlaw: The Ethycal Imperative to Follow the Law
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Lawyers must not only have a fundamental understanding of the law, but also, a fundamental commitment to abiding by it. And while the necessity to avoid committing major felonies is obvious to everyone, some lawyers forget about the necessity to follow the "little laws" as well. In this eye-opening webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will recount the tales of past Ethy Award nominees (those who were recognized the best of the worst ethics violations). These lawyers learned, albeit too late, that if you do even a minor crime, you will do the disciplinary time.

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Fantasy Supreme Court League: The 2017 Season
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Step right up to participate in the Fantasy Supreme Court League. In this unique presentation, Sean Carter humorously recaps the significant cases of the most recent term. After receiving the facts of each case, you will compete with lawyers from across the country by attempting to remember (or guess) the outcome and "vote spread" of each case.

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Thou Shalt Not Lie, Cheat & Steal: The Ten Commandments of Legal Ethics
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Sean Carter sets out to prove that legal ethics isn't an oxymoron by delivering an off-beat "sermon" on the Ten Commandments of Avoiding Ethical Problems as a Lawyer. And by the end, he will have you shouting Hallelujah, yelling Amen and hopefully, passing around a collection plate.

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Don't Try This At Home: Why You Should Never Emulate TV Lawyers
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

Lawyers on our favorite legal dramas - Boston Legal, The Practice, L.A. Law - often act in ways that would cause significant trouble for actual lawyers. In this multimedia presentation, legal humorist Sean Carter demonstrates some of the worst of TV lawyer behavior and explains how similar (although less severe) behavior sometimes creeps into the actual practice of law, decreasing a lawyer's ability to best serve his or her clients and uphold the ideals of the profession.

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Lies, Damn Lies & Legal Marketing: The Ethics of Legal Marketing
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

What is effective advertising in other fields is rarely acceptable in the field of law. In this entertaining ethics course, Sean Carter examines in detail the ethical rules concerning marketing and their practical implications. The program also covers common advertising strategies employed by attorneys, and the pitfalls many attorneys will encounter.

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Legal Ethics Is No Laughing Matter: What Lawyer Jokes Say About Our Ethical Foibles
Presented by: Legal Humorist Sean Carter

In this one-of-a-kind ethics presentation, Mr. Carter explores the topic of lawyer jokes, whether they have any basis in fact and what they say about our adherence to the rules of professional conduct. He does so through the use of video clips dramatizing these jokes. He also will use audience polling and questions from attendees to spread the "laughter."

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Loose Lips Sink Partnerships (and Clients Too): The Ethical Way to Honor Client Confidentiality
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One of the most sacrosanct duties for lawyers is the duty of confidentiality. A client has a right to trust that his or her lawyer will not improperly divulge information about the representation. This trust is one of the hallmarks of the client-lawyer relationship. In this surprisingly funny webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will explore the contours of the rules concerning lawyer confidentiality.

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The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth: The Ethycal Imperative for Honesty in Law Practice
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Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "A fact is the absence of contradiction, but the truth is the presence of coherence." As lawyers, we are duty bound to be more than just factual. Lawyers must tell the truth to clients, judges, and even opposing counsel and third parties. In this eye-opening webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter will deal frankly with the very human inclination for dishonesty and explain how to avoid the traps from which dishonesty most often springs. In doing so, he will draw upon current and past nominees from his annual Ethy Awards to show the consequences of dishonesty.

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Show Me The Ethics!: The Ethycal Way to Bill for Legal Services
Presented by:

While it is important for lawyers to be compensated for their services, it is even more important for lawyers to use ethical billing and collection practices in securing such compensation. Drawing on examples provided by current and past nominees from his annual Ethy Awards for the worst ethical behavior, legal humorist Sean Carter will provide a poignant reminder of how NOT to bill clients and collect fees. And in the process, he will reinforce the relevant legal ethics principles underlying such practices.

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