This CLE program will entertain, inform and take you on a wild ride through some unbelievable case studies based on real ethics and professionalism charges. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these wacky cases and how they can improve your practice.
9:00 am Ethics – Deal or No Deal!
After learning the predicament of certain lawyers, you must decide if you will take a deal or take your chances at trial! You will review case studies of lawyers facing discipline for engaging in dishonest conduct, including reviewing rules of professional conduct (e.g., candor towards the tribunal, truthfulness in the statement of others, and misconduct).
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Legal Ethics in the Movies
You will evaluate the rules of professional conduct within the context of movies and evaluate ethical quandaries related to, just to name a few: when is it okay to betray a client’s confidence; alcoholism and competency; screw-ups concerning an operating account, what if your witness may lie, and advertis-ing as a super lawyer.
12:15 pm Lunch (included with your registration)
1:00 pm Top 10 Wackiest Cases and How They Can Improve Your Practice
You will examine ten wacky cases and determine how they can improve your practice. For example: stumbling out of the gate in a lawsuit can doom your chances for gold; why arguing spurious claims can hurt your case; the expansive jurisprudence on commode casualties; how to turn bad facts into bad/good law; strategy tips to avoid from Thomas Jefferson; cheaters can win; deflating deflategate; can the NFL discriminate against you for being slow; and discrimination v. the right to be snobby.
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Supreme Court Jiggery-Pokery
Meet the U.S. Supreme Court Justices and learn their ideologies and jurisprudence. You will also review recent landmark cases and how they will impact your practice. For example, obtaining a warrant when a person is sobering up; reasonable stops and bad dogs; is mistake of law an excuse now; how to tell if a person’s intelligence can keep them off of death row; applying the 8th amendment to death drugs; instructing juries on how to issue the death penalty; and warrantless searches of fingerprints, mug shots and DNA.
4:15 pm Adjourn
Joel Oster is a seasoned constitutional attorney and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He represented the town of Greece, New York in the landmark constitutional case Galloway v. Greece. Joel argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Second Circuit, and he was part of the legal team presenting the case to the United States Supreme Court. Oster regularly litigates First Amendment issues. As lead counsel in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama, Oster skillfully defended the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer against an Establishment Clause challenge. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he successfully defended the right of an organization to have a pro-life specialty license plate in Missouri in Roach v. Stouffer. In Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District, he successfully represented an elementary school teacher in obtaining equal access to school facilities. Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and numerous federal courts.