CLE - FREE - Solo Trial Preparation & Ethics of Advocacy

CLE - FREE - Solo Trial Preparation & Ethics of Advocacy
LIVE WEBCAST - FREE for Members in good standing! 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Login link and course materials will be provided late afternoon prior to the program.  1.0  SUB/1.0 ETH credits


Solo Trial Preparation and the Ethics of Advocacy

Presented with LawPay

FREE to Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing!

A solo attorney or attorney in a small law firm attorney generally has to wear several hats. Unlike large law firms, these attorneys don’t have the luxury of delegating tasks to focus on their trial preparation. Competent legal representation requires the knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary to act on your clients’ behalf.  Ethically and practically speaking, technical competence and advocacy skills are also a must.

This 2- hour CLE program, FREE to Philadelphia Bar Association members in good standing, provides exceptional guidance and practical advice for attorneys preparing for trial. Detailed examples offer insights on how to prepare efficiently, and effectively argue in a compelling manner.  Featured speaker, Claude Ducloux, will address the topics below to help you develop the elements of proof, the message, and organize your case for trial. Then he will examine various ethical situations involving trial procedure, pleadings, motions, and discovery; as well as examine the related responsibilities of lawyers during proceedings, the rules guiding the advocate's conduct, and will look at the results of a survey of both state and federal judges' opinions when such conduct occurs in their courtrooms, including advice and discussion.
The first hour entitled, Preparing for a Trial as a Solo Attorney, examines how to prepare efficiently, and effectively, while addressing the following:
  • Understanding the business/ethics side of litigation, and ethics of fee-setting
  • Understanding WHY you’re going to court
  • Developing a trial Theme
  • Defining elements of case or defense, and evidence required for each
  Preparing witnesses ahead of time
  • Simple yet effective presentation techniques
  • Scheduling how you will present your evidence
  • Understanding standard objections
  • Ethical rules about evidence, offers of testimony and the duty to correct false testimony
  • Drafting your judgment early, and other necessities
  • Keeping track of exhibits and rulings during trial
  • Handling your client throughout the process - reasonable expectations
The second hour entitled, The Ethics of Advocacy: What Judges think of Our Conduct, examines various ethical situations involving trial procedure, pleadings, motions, and discovery, while addressing the following content:
  • An overview of ethical situations proposed for survey to state and federal judges
  • Failing to disclose relevant authority in arguments and briefs
  • Requesting complex discovery only to make the case more expensive and burdensome
  • Taking advantage of routine email depletion policies by requesting extensions of time
  • Instructing witnesses to be slow and difficult
  • Senior lawyers pushing blame on younger attorneys
  • Use of social media to get advantage
  • Internet investigations
  • How judges feel about motions for sanctions
  • Most unethical conduct seen by the judges
 A great  trial skills program for all practitioners . Earn your one of your required ethics credits FREE as a Philadelphia Bar Association member in good standing.

Featured Speaker:
Claude E. Ducloux, Esq., Director of LawPay Education, Ethics and Compliance, LawPay Affinity Solutions

Mr. Ducloux speaks regularly on Legal Ethics, Law Office Management, and Trial-Related topics. In 2011, he won the highest statewide award from the State Bar of Texas for lifetime contribution to CLE, and has been invited to speak in more than 250 programs in since Jan 1, 2015, and has more than 100 published columns and papers.  Mr. Ducloux has a long legacy of bar service, and on January 1, 2018, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas Disciplinary Rules & Referenda Committee. He is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Past President of the Austin Bar Association, and Past-Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation and Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

12/14/2020 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Philadelphia Bar Association LIVE Via WEBCAST PA UNITED STATES
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