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Ethics Institute 2022

Optimize your legal mindset to decrease conflict and positively influence the practice of law at the IICLE® Ethics Institute. Increase the civility of your practice with practical tips from the ARDC; learn the history of legal discrimination and how to eliminate it; and discover techniques to better represent people with disabilities and other typically underrepresented clients. Maximize your technological competence by learning about blockchain technology beyond just cryptocurrencies.

Earn as many (or as few) professional responsibility credits as you need as the end of the reporting period nears!
Credits: 0 General, 3 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 1 MH/SA PR, 2 Other PR
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Available beginning May 2022
Online On-Demand Sessions

A Primer on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law
(1.0 Diversity & Inclusion PR Credit)
This presentation includes a study of federal and state anti-discrimination laws and its impact on the legal profession, as guided by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 8.4(j). Topics include a discussion of the historical context of anti-discrimination laws, recent legislation and social movements to promote and foster diversity and inclusion in the profession, and case studies.
Jolianne S. Alexander, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago
Amber Lukowicz, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago

Understanding the Current State of Blockchain
(1.0 Professional Responsibility Credit)
Jonathan Nessler will explain the current state of blockchain technology and how this technology is being implemented in a wide variety of uses. Many courses about blockchain technology focus on the basics of what blockchain is from a technical standpoint and how the technology facilitates the existence of Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies. This presentation is different. Mr. Nessler will talk about more than Bitcoin, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. Entire networks are being built on blockchains, like Ethereum and Avalanche, and millions of people are using these networks everyday. This presentation will focus on why blockchain technology is important beyond cryptocurrencies and how the technology is being used today.
Jonathan T. Nessler, The Law Office of Frederick W. Nessler & Associates, Ltd., Springfield

Conflicts of Interest: Mindset vs. Reality
(1.0 Mental Health and Substance Abuse PR Credit)
This workshop trains participants in the interplay between a lawyer’s mindset and the risk of ethical liabilities in the practice of law. Using neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and psychology, it illustrates how training the brain to be more mindful and less reactive serves as a protective measure against potential conflicts of interest. It engages the audience through hypotheticals which challenge preconceived notions of mindfulness and its practical application beyond stress management and interpersonal skills in the legal profession. Participants will be equipped with tools and techniques to decrease the risk of developing conflicts of interest by increasing awareness and control of how their mindsets influence the practice of law.
Chelsy Castro, Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy & Consulting, Chicago

The Justice Gap and How to Achieve Equal Justice for All
(1.0 Diversity and Inclusion PR Credit)
Learn a brief background of the factors that limit access to legal resources. Once we understand the problem, the speakers will provide some proactive tips for what attorneys can do to help. Topics covered will include not only the importance of pro bono work, but also some more practical tips covering topics attorneys need to consider when working with low income clients that may differ from their typical clients.
Kim Thielbar, Prairie State Legal Services, Chicago
Mary Petruchius, Prairie State Legal Services, Chicago

Representing People with Disabilities: Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations
(1.0 Diversity and Inclusion PR Credit)
It is estimated that one in five people has a disability. Given the prevalence of disability in our society, attorneys need to be prepared to address the needs of clients with disabilities. This training will first provide practical tips on interacting with people with disabilities and the proper language to use. It will then focus on the legal and ethical issues that can arise when representing people with disabilities, with a focus on two common issues: access for clients with communication disabilities and representing clients with psychiatric disabilities.
Barry C. Taylor, Equip for Equality, Chicago

Civility and Professionalism in an Increasingly Uncivil and Electronic World
(1.0 Professional Responsibility Credit)
With the recent rise of virtual and electronic everything, as well as a certain break down in civil discourse, it can be difficult to know how to engage with clients and associates alike. Explore what lawyers can do to help make the legal profession a more civil place when faced with incivility and an increasingly impersonal culture. Learn strategies to mitigate the effects of incivility both in-person and across virtual and social media platforms.
Jerome Larkin, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Administrator
Jonathan Weir, ARDC Group Manager, Litigation Division
Rory Quinn, ARDC Counsel, Litigation Division

Online On-Demand
All 6 sessions!
Pre-order now. Available early May 2022
SKU: P9018-22E
$250.00 or 6.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
A Primer on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law
SKU: P9018-22E-01
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
Understanding the Current State of Blockchain
SKU: P9018-22E-02
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
Conflicts of Interest: Mindset vs. Reality
Pre-order now. Available early May 2022
SKU: P9018-22E-03
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
The Justice Gap and How to Achieve Equal Justice for All
SKU: P9018-22E-04
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
Representing People with Disabilities: Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations
SKU: P9018-22E-05
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase
Online On-Demand
Civility and Professionalism in an Increasingly Uncivil and Electronic World
SKU: P9018-22E-06
$50.00 or 1.00 credits
decrease increase

Available beginning May 2022
Online On-Demand Sessions

A Primer on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law
(1.0 Diversity & Inclusion PR Credit)
This presentation includes a study of federal and state anti-discrimination laws and its impact on the legal profession, as guided by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 8.4(j). Topics include a discussion of the historical context of anti-discrimination laws, recent legislation and social movements to promote and foster diversity and inclusion in the profession, and case studies.
Jolianne S. Alexander, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago
Amber Lukowicz, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago

Understanding the Current State of Blockchain
(1.0 Professional Responsibility Credit)
Jonathan Nessler will explain the current state of blockchain technology and how this technology is being implemented in a wide variety of uses. Many courses about blockchain technology focus on the basics of what blockchain is from a technical standpoint and how the technology facilitates the existence of Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies. This presentation is different. Mr. Nessler will talk about more than Bitcoin, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. Entire networks are being built on blockchains, like Ethereum and Avalanche, and millions of people are using these networks everyday. This presentation will focus on why blockchain technology is important beyond cryptocurrencies and how the technology is being used today.
Jonathan T. Nessler, The Law Office of Frederick W. Nessler & Associates, Ltd., Springfield

Conflicts of Interest: Mindset vs. Reality
(1.0 Mental Health and Substance Abuse PR Credit)
This workshop trains participants in the interplay between a lawyer’s mindset and the risk of ethical liabilities in the practice of law. Using neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and psychology, it illustrates how training the brain to be more mindful and less reactive serves as a protective measure against potential conflicts of interest. It engages the audience through hypotheticals which challenge preconceived notions of mindfulness and its practical application beyond stress management and interpersonal skills in the legal profession. Participants will be equipped with tools and techniques to decrease the risk of developing conflicts of interest by increasing awareness and control of how their mindsets influence the practice of law.
Chelsy Castro, Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy & Consulting, Chicago

The Justice Gap and How to Achieve Equal Justice for All
(1.0 Diversity and Inclusion PR Credit)
Learn a brief background of the factors that limit access to legal resources. Once we understand the problem, the speakers will provide some proactive tips for what attorneys can do to help. Topics covered will include not only the importance of pro bono work, but also some more practical tips covering topics attorneys need to consider when working with low income clients that may differ from their typical clients.
Kim Thielbar, Prairie State Legal Services, Chicago
Mary Petruchius, Prairie State Legal Services, Chicago

Representing People with Disabilities: Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations
(1.0 Diversity and Inclusion PR Credit)
It is estimated that one in five people has a disability. Given the prevalence of disability in our society, attorneys need to be prepared to address the needs of clients with disabilities. This training will first provide practical tips on interacting with people with disabilities and the proper language to use. It will then focus on the legal and ethical issues that can arise when representing people with disabilities, with a focus on two common issues: access for clients with communication disabilities and representing clients with psychiatric disabilities.
Barry C. Taylor, Equip for Equality, Chicago

Civility and Professionalism in an Increasingly Uncivil and Electronic World
(1.0 Professional Responsibility Credit)
With the recent rise of virtual and electronic everything, as well as a certain break down in civil discourse, it can be difficult to know how to engage with clients and associates alike. Explore what lawyers can do to help make the legal profession a more civil place when faced with incivility and an increasingly impersonal culture. Learn strategies to mitigate the effects of incivility both in-person and across virtual and social media platforms.
Jerome Larkin, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Administrator
Jonathan Weir, ARDC Group Manager, Litigation Division
Rory Quinn, ARDC Counsel, Litigation Division

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