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Bar Association of Erie County-The Bonehead Play

Upcoming Webcasts

The Bonehead Play

Avoiding Costly Errors (1 hour of Ethics)

Jun 24, 2020
3:00 pm- 4:00 pm ET
On September 23, 1908, rookie New York Giants first baseman Fred Merkle made a base-running error that cost his team a chance at the World Series. While just a minor error in judgment, this "bonehead play" had a profound impact on Merkle's career and legacy. Furthermore, it started a cascade of events that tested the honesty, character and professionalism of his teammates and opponents.

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, master storyteller and legal scholar Professor Mark Yochum will use this infamous tale as a backdrop to demonstrate how lawyers can avoid committed their own bonehead plays and how we should conduct ourselves in the event of the inevitable errors made by ourselves, colleagues and opposing parties.
In this unique presentation, Professor Mark Yochum will use the Bonehead Play as a backdrop to explore the issues that arise for lawyers when mistakes are made.

Specifically, he will discuss:

  • The importance of observing all of the rules, even those errors that seem like mere "technicalities"
  • How to respond upon discovering an error on your part
  • How to respond upon discovering another's error
  • The importance of the concepts of civility and professionalism after the error has occurred
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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