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Seminar Number

9175

Early
Registration Fee:

$160

On-Site
Registration
Fee:

$190

Webstream Fee:

$160

PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN LITIGATION

THURSDAY  •  MARCH 24, 2016

LIVE - IN PERSON
State Bar of Georgia Conference Center
104 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia

VIDEOCONFERENCE
Coastal Georgia Office - State Bar of Georgia
18 E. Bay St.
Savannah, Georgia

South Georgia Office - State Bar of Georgia
244 E. Second St.
Tifton, Georgia

VIA WEB STREAM (CLE Hours will count as Self-Study)
This program will also be available via a live web stream for those who choose to register for the online option. Once you have registered for the program, you will receive a link in your confirmation email with instructions on how to access the program. If you choose to view the program via the web stream, you will receive Self-Study CLE Credit for the course. This will apply towards your 6 CLE Hour per year self-study limit.

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 2 Ethics Hours, 1 Professionalism Hour and 3 Trial Practice Hours

Co-Sponsor:
General Practice and Trial Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Presiding:
David N. Lefkowitz, Program Chair & Moderator, The Lefkowitz Firm, LLC, Atlanta & Athens; Adjunct Professor, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

About this Program:
This seminar will consist of four panels, all of which will consider a series of hypothetical situations, which often arise in litigation. Each hypothetical will address at least one ethical, professional or legal dilemma, which a litigator may face while representing a client. (A few examples: How soon must you disclose to a client that you have made an error? Can you restrict a client’s right to sue you for malpractice? How much can you charge a client for work done by a contract lawyer? What are the rules for splitting fees and referral fees? Can your fee agreement require that disputes be arbitrated? If you find an important internal memo drafted by your opposing counsel, can you read it and use it? Must you return it? Can you pay for your client’s medical bills? Can you threaten a lawyer with a Bar Complaint? Can you respond to a nasty on-line review?)

The panels will consist of Appellate judges (Supreme Court and Court of Appeals), trial court judges, lawyers from the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia and experienced litigation attorneys. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussions.

8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

web stream opens

MORNING SESSIONS
8:30
SESSION I
Hon. Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta
Hon. John R. Mather, Chief Judge, Fulton County State Court, Atlanta
Jonathan W. Hewett, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Peter Werdesheim, Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP, Atlanta
10:00
BREAK
10:15

SESSION II
Hon. P. Harris Hines, Presiding Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
Hon. Herbert E. Phipps, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta
Hon Sara L. Doyle, Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta
Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Kim M. Jackson, Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC, Atlanta

11:45

LUNCH (Included in registration fee)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:15
SESSION III
Hon. Harold D. Melton, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
Hon. William M. “Billy” Ray, II, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta
Hon. Benjamin W. Studdard, III, Chief Judge, Henry County State Court, McDonough
Jenny K. Mittelman, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Warren R. Hinds, Warren R. Hinds, P.C., Roswell
1:45
break
2:00
SESSION IV
Hon. Keith R. Blackwell, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
Hon. John J. Ellington, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Soperton
Hon. Christopher S. Brasher, Judge, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta
Roy M. Sobelson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta
Christine L. Mast, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, Atlanta
3:30
ADJOURN