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Bar Association of Erie County-Lawyers Gone Wild

Upcoming Webcasts

Lawyers Gone Wild

The Ethical Dangers of Compulsive Behavior (1 hour of Ethics)

Feb 28, 2020
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm ET
The practice of law is stressful and at some point, we all must go out and "blow off some steam." However, it's important for lawyers to understand the importance of creating healthy diversions and avoiding activities that can "burn" them in the long-term. In this surprisingly funny webinar, legal humorist Sean Carter demonstrates the ethical pitfalls that await those who fall for the allure of habit-forming substances and activities.
As members of a high-stress profession, lawyers are particularly vulnerable to seeking outside diversions as a way to reduce stress. In some instances, they turn to healthy behaviors, such as exercise or meditation, or engage in an outside hobby. But in other cases, lawyers engage in less constructive activities, such as drinking, gambling or other activities that can become habit-forming. And once in the throws of an addiction, the lawyer runs the very real risk of personal and professional peril.

Drawing on real-life disciplinary cases from his acclaimed Ethy Awards program, noted humorist Sean Carter will explore the numerous ethical pitfalls facing the lawyer who has fallen into a pattern of compulsive behavior. In particular, he will discuss the most common ethical violations that result from compulsive behavior, such as:

  • Drug offenses (e.g., possession, manufacture and distribution)
  • DUI (driving under the influence)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Inappropriate sexual advances
  • Financial improprieties
  • PUI (practicing under the influence)
  • Breaches of confidentiality
  • Rehabilitation and reinstatement
This program is eligible for 1 hour of Ethics in NY.

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  • Latest version of Adobe Flash 


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Mobile Devices

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  • iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher
  • Android OS version 4.0 or higher

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