Focus on the Issues: Using Bystander Intervention or Non-confrontational Communication to Increase Effective Advocacy (PRACPRO)
Price: FREE for Members/Non-Members.
Limited to 500 registrants. Registration will close on May 27.
CLE Credits: 2.0 Harassment & Discriminatory Conduct*
A. Proper v. Unprofessional Conduct:
- What may be harassment, discrimination or bullying in law practice related matters?
Maine Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(g).
- What are distinctions between harassment, discrimination or bullying, and acts creating discomfort that may be necessary elements of law practice and litigation?
- Are remote contacts and events evaluated differently in the age of social distancing?
- Are digital, rather than in person, contacts evaluated differently?
B. Bystander Intervention or Non-confrontational Communication re Attorney Interactions:
- Who may be a bystander or observer? In court? Outside of court? In negotiations?
In meetings? During discovery? Zooming?
- When may intervention or communication be professionally appropriate?
- When may intervention or communication be viewed as unwelcome or paternalistic?
C. Bystander Intervention or Non-confrontational Communication re Conduct Toward:
- Other parties, witnesses, attorney support staff, court staff.
- Same questions as in B. above.
The program will invite questions from and observations by program attendees.
Donald G. Alexander, Associate Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Retired)
Aria Eee, Bar Counsel, Board of Overseers of the Bar, Augusta
Michael T. Bigos, Esq., Berman Simmons, Lewiston & Portland
La-Qiana Perez-Saxon, Esq., Sole Practitioner, Brunswick
* These credits can be applied for the 2019 or 2020 reporting year. If you have already fulfilled your H&D credit requirements, this program qualifies for ethics and may be used to fulfill your ethics or general credit requirement.