Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These

Date: Jan 27, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Event Code: ON028422

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Michael Kahn, Esq., LPC
ReelTime Creative Learning Experiences, Vancouver
a former attorney-turned counselor, is a co-presenter and co-founder of ReelTime CLE in Charlotte, North Carolina, which provides engaging and practical workshops, CLE seminars, law firm retreats and other training programs for attorneys on ethics and professionalism. The company presents training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, self-care, diversity and inclusion, and other topics for attorneys and mental health professionals throughout the United States and abroad, including the United States Army.

A documentary filmmaker, Mr. Kahn has also worked with Cristina Cassidy Productions, which offers filmmaking as a team-building program and facilitates a discussion after the making of a film to help the staff transfer their observations from the experience to their day-to-day work life. After serving as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, he became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina. Mr. Kahn’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice have included anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction and men's issues, and he has worked with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings. In addition to continuing his speaking career, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling and also practiced law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for six years.

Mr. Kahn received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University. He received his M. Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
(8/23)
Johnathon J. Kim, Esq.
Johnathon J. Kim, Esq., Wyckoff
Anna Levine
NJLAP, New Brunswick
Chris Osborn, Esq.
ReelTime Creative Learning Experiences, Charlotte
is a co-founder of ReelTime CLE in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, he is the founding Principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution, which provides Superior Court mediation, pre-litigation conflict coaching and dispute resolution, and Christian conflict conciliation services throughout North Carolina. He has been certified as a Superior Court mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission since 2009, and has assisted the majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business breakups, construction and employment law disputes, and Will caveat disputes.

Mr. Osborn joined Horack Talley Pharr & Loundes, PA, in 2001 and during his 11 years as an associate and Shareholder with the firm, handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation and employment disputes. As the former Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar “Professionalism, LawyerLife, and Culture” Committee, he helped lead the Bar’s efforts to support its members in times of personal or professional crisis, and its proactive promotion of good mental health practices and substance abuse awareness.

Mr. Osborn served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” Civil Procedure,” “Contracts,” “Problems in Practice: Commercial Transactions,” and “Intro to the Study of Law.” While on the faculty, his scholarly research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues. He has been a frequent speaker at CLE seminars on construction disputes and mechanics’ lien law, and on several topics in employment law, in addition to the seminars on professionalism and legal ethics that he has helped develop and present through ReelTime CLE.

Mr. Osborn received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as a law clerk to former United States Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III.
(8/23)
Robyn E. Ross, Esq.
Ross & Calandrillo, LLC, Mountainside
Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a founder of Ross & Calandrillo, LLC in Mountainside, New Jersey, where she practices exclusively in family law. She is also an approved family law mediator pursuant to the New Jersey Court Rule.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Ms. Ross is a member of the New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations, and is Past Co-Chair of the Essex County Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee. She is a trained volunteer for the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character and is a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District XB Ethics Committee. She has provided service to the Early Settlement Panel programs in Essex and Morris counties and is the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Ross received her B.S. from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
(9/23)

2021 was a year of highs and lows and we are all bracing for 2022 and hoping for better things. Lawyers were already stressed even without the additional pressures of the pandemic still looming and the unpredictability of it all – are the numbers going up, going down, do vaccines work- add to that stress. We’re juggling work, family and health issues. Should we reopen? Should mask wearing or vaccinations be mandatory? Will a new variant develop that will reverse any progress we have made? What new laws should we expect? What new cases will affect our practice? Accept that wedding invitation? There are many questions that we have been facing in the last two years. We work in an adversarial system with demanding schedules and heavy workloads. Now that we are almost two years into this pandemic, the stress levels for many of us are now “off the charts.” While we all know that stress can lead to physical ailments, it can also lead to another problem for lawyers – ethics violations.

Most ethical miscues, professional responsibility breaches, and malpractice claims don't arise out of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the applicable rules of professional conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined obligations. It’s not rocket science—in fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic professional responsibility class or ethics CLE would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens – and it often happens because of stress that attorneys find unbearable.

Join ethics professionals, mindfulness experts, and seasoned attorneys for an engaging program that provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ people ‘go bad’ and how can we avoid succumbing to pressure?” Based on an original short film written and co-produced by Michael Kahn and Chris Osborn from Reel Time Creative Learning Experiences, this workshop provides a lively way to explore the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered in our practices and our lives.

Nobody told any of us there’d be days like these. This program will provide a practical approach to handling extraordinary stress, strengthening our resilience, and staying on the ethical side of our obligations during these burdensome times.

 

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4 hours of total CLE credit, including 4.0 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 4.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 4.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 3.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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