How to Deal with Bullying Behavior from Opposing Counsel


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 OTHER credits)

How do you deal with bullying behavior from opposing counsel without becoming a bully in return? Does the adversarial nature of law require aggressive behavior to be successful? There is a difference between being a zealous advocate for your client and being a bully.

In this program you will learn about how to identify; your reactions to aggressive opposing counsel, the potential goals of aggressive/bullying tactics, strategies within your direct control to increase your resilience to such tactics, and techniques for reinterpreting such tactics as to significantly decrease their effectiveness.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  Aggressive/bullying tactics
•  Bullying/disrespectful
•  Your professional behaviors
•  Professional resilience

Date / Time August 25, 2021

•  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•  11:00 am – 12:00 pm 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: June 17, 2021

Shawn Healy, PhD_Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in BostonShawn_myLawCLEShawn Healy, PhD | Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Massachusetts

Shawn Healy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a member of the clinical staff at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Boston, Massachusetts where he provides individual clinical consultations and groups to law students, lawyers, and judges. He regularly presents and publishes on all manner of mental health topics germane to the legal community.

Dr. Healy is also the coauthor of the book The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression (ABA Publication, 2017). He can be reached via email at


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I. Ways to recognize aggressive/bullying tactics and to respond in more effective ways.
II. How to know when to confront bullying/disrespectful behavior to push for change and when to maneuver around it to benefit your client.
III. The importance of letting your values guide your professional behaviors, as opposed to your reactions to the aggressive behaviors of others.
IV. How your personal wellbeing can increase your professional resilience.