Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These: Stress and Ethical Decision-Making in the Practice of Law

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Event date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 13:45
Name of Organization: 
Ontario Bar Association
Contact Email: 
Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events, Toronto ON

Most serious legal malpractice claims and problematic bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations (e.g. don’t take money from the client trust account, keep clients reasonably informed about the developments in a case or a transaction – even when it’s bad news, be candid with the court., etc.) It’s not rocket science. In fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic Professional Responsibility class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens.

This engaging, highly interactive CPD workshop provides a fresh and practical perspective on why lawyers might breach well-defined ethical obligations. Vignettes from an engaging original short film, written and co-produced by ReelTime CLEfounders, Michael Kahn and Chris Osborn, serve as the catalyst for a practical and informative consideration of the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in managing the day-to-day practice of law.