Audio CD + Course Book

Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77508CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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From Event: Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice, held December 2017.

Program Description

Legal ethics is compliance-driven, but this engaging course goes beyond rules overview to talk about the worst-case scenario situations, when simple mistakes cost an attorney his/her license. Fulfill your continuing education requirement and learn how to protect your practice with insightful guidance from experienced attorney faculty. Find out how simple everyday practices can be improved to prevent client dissatisfaction and forestall malpractice. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Administrative Errors
  2. Key Substantive and Procedural Errors
  3. Client Communication Errors
  4. Other Ethics Dangers
  5. What to Do if You Think You Might be in Trouble

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Administrative Errors
    8:45 - 9:25, Written by Bruce L. Walker. Presented by Bruce L. Walker in Cedar Rapids and Joseph G. Gamble in Des Moines.
    1. Delays in Case Handling
    2. Failure to Calendar Properly and to React to Calendar
    3. Key Mistakes in Preparation and Filing of Documents (With Deadlines and Without)
    4. Clerical Errors
    5. Lost Files - Document Evidence
  2. Key Substantive and Procedural Errors
    9:25 - 10:00, Written by Steven E. Ballard and R. Scott Johnson. Presented by Steven E. Ballard in Cedar Rapids and R. Scott Johnson in Des Moines.
    1. Failure to Know, Interpret and Apply the Law
    2. Planning Errors in Choice of Procedures
    3. Inadequate Discovery of Facts, Investigation (In and Outside of Litigation)
    4. Failure to Know or Ascertain Deadline (Deadline Errors are Among the Most Serious Dangers)
    5. Conflict of Interest
    6. Failure to Understand or Anticipate Tax
    7. Public Record Search Errors
    8. Pre-trial, Pre-Hearing Advice Missteps
  3. Client Communication Errors
    10:15 - 10:50, Written by Paula L. Roby. Presented by Paula L. Roby in Cedar Rapids and R. Scott Johnson in Des Moines.
    1. Mistakes Stemming from Improper/Unclear Legal Advertising
    2. Starting a Lawyer-Client Relationship Carelessly/Accidentally
    3. Unclear Fee Agreements
    4. Failure to Obtain Client Consent and/or Follow Client Instruction
    5. Improper Withdrawal of Representation
  4. Other Ethics Dangers
    10:50 - 11:25, Written by Paula L. Roby. Presented by Paula L. Roby in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.
    1. Intentional Wrongs: Malicious Prosecution, Fraud, Libel or Slander
    2. How Satisfied Past Clients Can Inadvertently Ruin Your Life
    3. Is Going into Business with a Client Ever a Good Idea? How to Protect Yourself
    4. Switching Firms in a Hurry
    5. Key Email Mistakes
    6. Commingling and Mismanagement of Client Funds
  5. What to Do if You Think You Might be in Trouble
    11:25 - 12:00, Written by Paula L. Roby and Bruce L. Walker. Presented by Paula L. Roby in Des Moines and Bruce L. Walker in Cedar Rapids.
    1. Do You Face a Potential Legal Ethics Breach? Getting Clarification from the Rules and the Bar
    2. "Appearance of Impropriety" Standard
    3. Short-Term Mitigation Strategies
    4. Key Elements of Legal Malpractice Cause of Action
    5. Ethical Investigations and Legal Malpractice Claims

STEVEN E. BALLARD is a partner in Leff Law Firm, L.L.P., of Iowa City, where he practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law, general litigation, construction law, and municipal law. He was a law clerk for judges of the 5th Judicial District of Iowa. Mr. Ballard is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Iowa and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He is a member of the Johnson County and American bar associations, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association. Mr. Ballard earned his B.A. degree from Drake University and his J.D. degree from The University of Iowa College of Law. (Cedar Rapids location)

JOSEPH G. GAMBLE is a shareholder with the law firm of Duncan, Green, Brown & Langeness, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Gamble practices in the area of civil litigation, including personal injury, professional liability, and commercial matters in state and federal court. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School. Mr. Gamble is a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Inns of Court and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. (Des Moines location)

R. SCOTT JOHNSON is a member with McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. He litigates patent and intellectual property cases in federal and state courts across the country and is the chair of the firm’s litigation practice group. Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. He is past chair of the Technology Association of Iowa. Mr. Johnson has previously taught patent litigation at Drake Law School and teaches a class at Iowa State University to introduce potential law students to intellectual property issues. Mr. Johnson earned his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School. (Des Moines location)

PAULA L. ROBY is a member of the law firm of Elderkin and Pirnie, P.L.C. Ms. Roby devotes her practice to all aspects of civil litigation. She was named a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2013. She has been listed as a Superlawyers Rising Star, and was named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. Ms. Roby is the president of the Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa, and was a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the Northern District of Iowa (appointed by Chief Judge Linda Reade 2008 to 2012). She was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on Civil Justice Reform. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Commercial & Bankruptcy Law and Litigation sections; the Eighth Circuit Bar Association; the Linn County Bar Association; the Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa; the Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys; and the Iowa Trial Lawyers. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. (Cedar Rapids and Des Moines locations)

BRUCE L. WALKER is a senior member in the Iowa City law firm of Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P. His practice involves both plaintiff and defense civil litigation. Mr. Walker is a member of the Johnson County, Iowa State and the American bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. (Cedar Rapids location)

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