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Stress, Pressure, and Ethical Decision-Making for Lawyers

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Nobody told me there'd be days like these!


Last Kick at the Can 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
Monday, December 18, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am

(Original course: Wednesday, November 18, 2015)

Who should attend: Lawyers in all areas of law looking for practical insights on maintaining their ethical commitments, even in the face of the manifold sources of stress and pressure inherent in the practice of law.

Learning level: All levels

Most serious legal malpractice claims and successful bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations. Anyone who has sat in on a basic professional responsibility class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens. A lot. Even to our own friends and colleagues.

This engaging, highly interactive program provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ lawyers ‘go bad’?” Based on a brand new original short film, written and co-produced by Michael Kahn and his partner, Chris Osborn from ReelTime CLE, the course is interspersed with a discussion among 2 experienced lawyers regarding the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in day-to-day practice.

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to:

  • learn how to guard against ethical missteps by better understanding the complex interplay of various factors that can contribute to them
  • explore the role of stress, core values, and cumulative choices in the ethical decision-making process
  • gain practical guidance on how to better navigate the inevitable tension between personal and professional pressures
  • identify and implement sustainable strategies for minimizing the negative effects of stress and pressure in the practice of law

Kudos from past attendees

"Very well done for a wide range if levels of practice experience. Nice mixture of entertainment to keep the 2 hours at a good pace"

"Specific, relevant, thoughtful and well presented"

"It hit some issues that relate to the conflict sometimes between the practice of law and the business of the practice of law as pointed out by one of the speakers"

"I appreciated the comments from the panel on the real life challenges that they faced throughout their career"

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 2 hours (a minimum of 2 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care, and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Instructor
Michael Kahn, JD, LPC — Vancouver ReelTime CLE, Charlotte, NC

Featured Speakers
Jana McLean — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver
Vernon J. Pahl — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver 

Pricing  Last Kick at the Can Rebroadcast
Rebroadcast $199
Registration includes an electronic copy of the reference materials.

Unable to attend without financial support? Learn about our Bursary Program and Easy Pay Plan.

CLEBC Program Coordinator
Katrina Verweel

This course has no current sessions.

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