Critical Thinking Approach to Ethics for Lawyers


CLE credits earned: 1 Ethics Credit (Pending Washington 1 Ethics)

Ethics for lawyers is often taught based on the presentation of fact patterns and teaching what a lawyer should do in certain circumstances. Lawyers need to apply their critical thinking skills to the ethics rules and how we discipline lawyers in order to learn how our ethics rules and procedures sometimes work, but often fail both our profession and the general public. You will gain insight into the shortcomings of the ethics rules, and you will learn how to create your own set of ethics rules that will help you expand and improve your law practice.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Learn how to create a better set of ethics rules for you and your firm
•   Learn the benefits to expanding and improving your law practice by applying critical thinking to the ethics rules, especially the model rules of the ABA
•   Learn the serious shortcomings of both ethics’ rules for lawyers and disciplinary procedures for lawyers
•   Learn how to get better clients, improve your reputation and the reputation of your firm or legal organization by applying critical thinking to the legal profession’s ethics rules

Date / Time: October 22, 2021

•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.

•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.

Closed-captioning available

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Original Broadcast Date: October 22, 2021

Herb Rubenstein_Member of the DC, MD and an Associate Member of the VA Bar_myLawCLEHerb Rubenstein | Herb Rubenstein Consulting

Herb Rubenstein is a Georgetown University Law Graduate and the author of the book Leadership for Lawyers (2nd ed., American Bar Association, 2008). He is a litigator, a member of the DC, MD, and VA Bars, and has presented continuing education courses on ethics, leadership, strategic planning, and numerous other topics for twenty years. He was the founder of his own law firm in Washington, DC and expanded that firm to Virginia and Maryland. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University and also has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin.

He has been at the forefront of many important changes in the legal profession including starting for a client one of the first law firms in the United States owned by a non-lawyer. He wrote the first book ever published on Leadership for Lawyers. He has represented whistleblowers successfully in many states and two of his undergraduate clerks in his law firm have been nominated for federal

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I. Review of key Model Rules | 12:00pm-12:15pm
II. Review of How Lawyers Are or Are Not Disciplined for Ethics Infractions | 12:15pm-12:30pm
III. Applying Critical Thinking to Ethics Rules | 12:30pm-12:45pm
IV. How To Expand and Improve Your Law Practice Through Ethics | 12:45pm-1:00pm