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Soft Skills for Lawyers (available after January 15, 2020) (01/15/2020)

Program Number: 3000 Presenter: Susan Smith Blakely, Esq.

****Online recordings are not available until after the program date. If the Add to Cart button is not showing, then the program is not yet available. **** Soft skills are different than the hard skills like effective legal writing, oral advocacy and trial practice and mastery of substantive law that law students learn in law school. Soft schools are too often overlooked and, yet, research shows that soft skills determine 80% of success in business. Soft Skills for Lawyers helps junior lawyers navigate law firm cultures and develops leadership and management skills in lawyers early in the game. The program has an interactive element for determining perceived and actual skill levels, and addresses subjects like Meeting Skills, Networking and Client Development Skills, Negotiations Skills, Professional Relationship Skills, and Skills for Working With Supervising Lawyers.

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Emojis and the Law (04/22/2019)

Program Number: 2992 Presenter: Eric Goldman, Esq.

Can emojis form a contract? Can you go to jail for using emojis? The rapid adoption of emojis generates some interesting questions for our legal system. While many of those questions pose standard interpretative challenges to courts, emojis have a half-dozen unique attributes of emojis that create potential interpretation challenges for courts and litigators. This talk will explain what's new and unique about emojis and the law, including the interpretation and intellectual property issues they raise.

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The Hiring Minefield: What Can You Ask These Days? (10/08/2019)

Program Number: 29195 Presenter: Danielle Burke, Esq., Julie Kinkopf, Esq.

Employment law is an area that is rapidly changing in states and municipalities around the country, increasing the risks to employers and complicating compliance efforts. These changes affect not only how employers can interact with their employees, but also what employers can say to individuals during the interview process. Julie Kinkopf, Esq. and Danielle Burke, Esq. from Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP provide insight on what companies can do to ensure they are not violating laws while seeking new applicants for employment positions. This course will provide an overview of the impact employment law has had on questions an employer may ask an applicant. These questions pertain to areas of an applicant’s physical and mental impairments, criminal background, and prior salary history. This course will provide an overview of the various laws in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey disallowing employers to ask job applicants specific questions

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How Attorneys Can Prepare Themselves and Their Clients to Maximize an Effective Mediation Process (10/23/2019)

Program Number: 29178 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Elizabeth Shampnoi

Effective mediation advocacy skills greatly differ from litigation advocacy skills. To increase the likelihood of success in mediation, or at a minimum ensure the parties benefit from the process even if the matter does not resolve in mediation, certain preparatory steps need to be undertaken prior to the commencement of the mediation session. Moreover, in order for counsel and the client to properly prepare for, understand and strategize, certain analysis need to be undertaken and the process explained and understood by all involved to maximize the effectiveness of the process. This program will cover these various steps and provide guidance to counsel and clients: How to Select the “Right” Mediator; Preparing and Strategizing Your Case in Advance of the Mediation; Preparing Your Mediation Statement(s) Confidential and/or Shared; Preparing Your Client for the Mediation; Managing The Dynamics of the Mediation; What Happens Next – Whether the Mediation is Successful or

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But I Get Up Again: Professional and Personal Resiliency in the Legal Profession (10/22/2019)

Program Number: 29164 Presenter: Nicole Fulfree, Esq., Megan Monson, Esq., Rachel Moseson, Esq.

As attorneys, we are constantly striving towards perfection and top-notch client service. In order to maintain this high level of achievement, it is important to lean on others and establish habits that will allow us to build resiliency and shine in the face of both success and adversity. This program is intended to share habits of successful attorneys as they navigate through personal and career struggles in a manner that promotes long-term success in the legal profession.

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Cybersecurity and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct: Ethical Duties Lawyers Need to Know (09/20/2019)

Program Number: 29163 Presenter: Caroline A. Morgan, Esq. , Antonia Savaria, Esq.

Cybercriminals are targeting law firms for client information, personal data, and more. Through this course attorneys can learn about the interplay between cybersecurity and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct including the duty of competence (Rule 1.1), the duty of confidentiality (Rule 1.6), and what constitutes reasonable efforts to avoid inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of client information. The course also provides guidance on what attorneys can do to mitigate their loss before a breach occurs and what actions they should take after a data breach is suspected or detected, including when to notify a current or former client (Rule 1.4 and Rule 1.9).

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Corporate Governance and Board Interaction (10/07/2019)

Program Number: 29162 Presenter: Daniel A. Cotter, Esq.

Executives and the board of directors frequently look to the in-house counsel for advice to keep them (and the business) out of trouble. As such, the counsel role has become more and more entrenched in the corporate decision-making process and counsel need to understand how to work with the board effectively, balancing their legal and business obligations to the company. Counsel’s work with the board is defined by a number of key issues to ensure a sound relationship. Who is the client, the board or the company? How should counsel interact with the board and other executives on a regular basis, and does that change for a board meeting? Are there certain policies and procedures that should be put in place to make sure the role of counsel is understood and respected? Please join Daniel A. Cotter as he discusses the important relationship between the corporate board and in-house

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The Reptile Brain Strategy: Why Lawyers Use It and How to Counter It (10/09/2019)

Program Number: 29140 Presenter: Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy. D

This presentation will include an overview of the Reptile Theory and provide concrete examples for how the strategy is frequently implemented by plaintiffs’ counsel in personal injury matters, as well as its recent extension to the employment sector. Jury expert, Dr. Christina Marinakis, will share the results of a national survey of mock jury participants designed to test the foundations of the Reptile theory, which has implications for jury selection strategies. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of techniques for countering the Reptile strategy in deposition, voir dire, and throughout trial.

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