Known for their daring antics and outgoing personality, Ruth Carter is an Arizona attorney and an authority on intellectual property, business law, and internet law.
Stephan Futeral is a partner with the law firm of Futeral & Nelson, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Before becoming an attorney in Charleston, Stephan Futeral served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1985 and the United States Army National Guard from 1985 to 1987.
On-Demand: February 26, 2021
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There is a reason why the lawyer stereotype is that we are liars and slimeballs – because some of us are. There is no excuse for acting like a jerk, and indeed, doing so can not only hurt your reputation but also your client’s case.
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Unfortunately, lawyers throughout the country are not exactly revered for their congenial nature or their civility toward each other. To make matters worse, TV, movies, and dramatic fiction play to an audience that expects lawyers to shout at the witness during cross-examination – “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” The unfortunate “truth” is that even in the real world, many lawyers market themselves as being “aggressive” or they are endorsed by other lawyers as such. In this presentation, we will cover whether an aggressive approach to practicing law is an effective approach. Additionally, we will identify the types of challenging lawyers and cover practical pointers for dealing with a difficult lawyer.
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This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.
Date: February 26, 2021
Closed-captioning available upon request
Ruth Carter | Venjuris, P.C.
Known for their daring antics and outgoing personality, Ruth Carter is an Arizona attorney and an authority on intellectual property, business law, and internet law. They also wrote three best-selling books on guerrilla marketing and social media law including The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers. Ruth has been a speaker over 100 events including Content Marketing World and South by Southwest, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and on NPR.
Stephan Futeral | Futeral & Nelson, LLC
Stephan Futeral is a partner with the law firm of Futeral & Nelson, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Before becoming an attorney in Charleston, Stephan Futeral served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1985 and the United States Army National Guard from 1985 to 1987. After law school, he was the judicial clerk for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr. at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Mr. Futeral has been practicing law for 29 years in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. He is also a certified civil and family law mediator.
I. Assertiveness is more effective than assholery | 2:00pm – 2:20pm
II. We have a responsibility to discourage jerk behavior from your clients | 2:20pm – 2:40pm
III. Ways to respond to jerk behavior from opposing counsel | 2:40pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:05pm
IV. Is an aggressive approach to practicing law effective? | 3:05pm – 3:30pm
V. Identify the types of challenging lawyers | 3:30pm – 3:50pm
VI. Practical Pointers for dealing with a difficult lawyer | 3:50pm – 4:10pm