Co-produced with the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Avoid ethical land mines
Family law cases are rife with conflict – and ethical landmines. Navigating the Ethical Minefields in Family Law Practice will help you learn how to manage situations before they erupt into ethics violations, address issues that have already crossed into unethical territory, as well as give you tools to shield yourself from stress in spite of it all.
Addressing the pro se phenomenon
As many as 50% of all family law cases involve self-represented litigants. This presents a unique challenge for family law attorneys. Due to their lack of legal experience and training, self-represented litigants may turn to you for guidance. Learn how to balance your duty to your client while respecting the rules governing fairness to opposing party and counsel. Review how your communication, drafting, procedure, and approach need to change when dealing with pro se litigants.
Sometimes a client takes matters into their own hands and snoops through their spouse’s email, texts, or social media accounts. Your client may be trying to help, but you know the behavior is unethical. Sticking your fingers in your ears and singing “la la la” isn’t very professional, so we’ll share strategies for appropriately responding to clients who have been reading one-too-many Sherlock Holmes novels. Plus, learn whether it’s ever possible to use the fruits of your client’s sleuthing.
Can’t we all just get along?
Clients aren’t the only ones who occasionally cross the line. While civil behavior is considered a core element of attorney professionalism, some lawyers might act uncivilly in an attempt to gain the upper hand. Discover what you should do when opposing counsel has gone too far. Understand the point when you should involve a judge.
An interactive program
For each scenario presented, you’ll be able to anonymously weigh in on your preferred course of action via your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Plus, an integrative health coach will also offer tools to help you stay focused and improve your productivity, even in the midst of super stressful cases.