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2014 Professional Development Workshop Series

This annual series provides attorneys with critical training to help them succeed as they transition into more senior roles. As always, the Series is free to City Bar members and attorneys from sponsoring law firms.

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Ethical Dangers of Lawyers Using Technology & Social Media

This program is available at no charge, to sponsoring firms only

January 14, 9:30-11:30 am
Lawyers are more dependent on electronic communication and social media than ever before. They use it to advertise in order to attract business. They use it to communicate with colleagues, adversaries, clients, courts and the public. It is also used to investigate adversaries, witnesses, jurors and anyone or any event related to a case. Unfortunately, it is also used for personal purposes in inappropriate ways and at inappropriate times. When used carefully it is an effective tool to grow a firm’s business, efficiently manage lawyers’ communications and facilitate inexpensive and easily accessible investigations. When used carelessly it could result in an ethical violation embroiling a law firm in a sanction proceeding, civil lawsuit or even a disciplinary investigation. This program will present an overview of the most common forms of electronic communications used by lawyers and the pitfalls to be avoided. Hypotheticals will highlight real life problems and practical solutions.

Program Chair: Richard M. Maltz, Richard M. Maltz, PLLC & Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC

Faculty: Nicole Hyland, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
             Katie M. Lachter, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
             Raymond Vallejo, Deputy Chief Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Judicial District

2.0 CLE credits in Ethics


2014 Professional Development Workshop Series

Honing Your Legal Editing Skills

February 5, 8:30 – 10:15 am
As attorneys advance in their careers, their editing skills become just as important as their writing skills. By working through before-and-after examples, participants will learn structural and stylistic editing strategies for improving drafts dispassionately, communicating their preferences to colleagues, and fostering a collaborative work environment.

Speaker: Ross Guberman, Legal Writing Pro LLC
2.0 CLE credits in Skills


Professional Presence: Communicating with Confidence

February 27, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Participants will discover how to communicate with impact. They will uncover strategies to convey their intended message effectively and project confidence when speaking with partners, colleagues, clients or support staff in a variety of settings including, meetings, over the phone or impromptu interactions. Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify their individual communication style
  • Adapt their style in various situations
  • Use body language and tone of voice to inspire confidence
  • Build listening skills to interpret messages accurately

Speakers: Kathleen Brady and Carol Kanarek, Kanarek & Brady LLC
2.0 CLE credits in Law Practice Management


Developing Business through Networking: Live and Online

March 19, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Do you find that you’d prefer to impale yourself on sharp objects rather than go to a networking event? Do you often go to events only to end up spending time with the people you already know? Do you wonder what to do with those LinkedIn and Facebook requests when you don’t really have the time? The Networking: Live and Online workshop will prepare you to maximize the opportunities you have in a social setting to meet potential clients and business contacts. The program will give you a framework to approach a typical business development activity without feeling cheesy, manipulative or self-serving. The workshop will help you to:

  • Tell your story in an engaging manner
  • Engage others in conversation with your “What’s New?”message
  • “Work the Room” with ease and confidence
  • Maintain interaction with contacts in ways that produce results

Speaker: Tracy LaLonde, Akina
No CLE credit provided


Implementing Legal Project Management to Advance Your Career

April 17, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Although legal work is full of complexity and uncertainty, clients expect lawyers to be cost-effective, transparent, accountable, and predictable. This program will provide practical skills to improve efficiency, work process management, communication, and economic outcomes. Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop fluency in the tools of legal project management
  • Plan and monitor matters
  • Balance objectives, assumptions, scope, time, budget, stakeholder demands, and team dynamics
  • Articulate the value of legal work throughout the course of a matter
  • Manage relationships for client satisfaction and respond to changed circumstances
  • Develop a broader understanding of “success” in a matter
  • Conduct and reap benefits of After Action Reviews

Client dissatisfaction erodes relationships, hampers business development – and is avoidable. Legal Project Management increases work quality, optimizes resources, and aligns legal work with business objectives.

Speaker: Aileen Leventon, QLex Consulting
2.0 NY CLE Skills credits


Embracing Generational Diversity

May 15, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Looking across generations from the Traditionalists, to Boomers, to Gen X, and to Millennials one sees a mix of commonalities and differences. It is understanding and appreciating the differences that will determine the long-term success of companies. We need to examine what is important to each generation, what their values are and how those beliefs and values were formed. Topics include:

  • Understanding the life shaping events of each generation
  • The impact the values of each generation when dealing with each other
  • What leaders need to know when managing different generations
  • What everyone needs to know in building client relationships across generations.

All of these topics will be explored when we look at each generation separately and talk about what happens when generations collide. How can we minimize the mutual frustrations and take full advantage of the diversity workplaces represent. Finally, how does a leader manage such a diverse group and how is equity manifest when the reward requirements become so different?

Speaker: Christopher P. DeSantis
2.0 NY CLE Professional Practice credit.