SJC Practicing with Professionalism Program, November 2021 Session
A mandatory one-day course for new lawyers on the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct and Massachusetts Practice
- Product Number: 2220000P02
CLE Credits, earn up to:
4 substantive credits, 4 ethics credits CLE Credit Note
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Online Session Only
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, this session will be held online via Zoom. Register for the in-person session, as usual. You will receive an email invitation with login information and instructions for the virtual session as the program date approaches. Attendance requirements remain in effect for the online session and will be enforced.
Completion of your Rule 3:16 requirement—and much more
Observance of the highest ethical standards, proficiency in essential elements of law practice, civility, and engagement in the legal community are among the hallmarks of professionalism. MCLE’s dynamic Practicing with Professionalism faculty bring these principles to life.
SJC Rule 3:16 requires all newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts to complete a mandatory professionalism course within 18 months of admission. Spend the morning with MCLE and build a foundation in professionalism that will serve you throughout your career—and life.
A major advantage of taking the Practicing with Professionalism course at MCLE is the rich compilation of resource materials—provided in electronic format—over 1,000 pages of original articles from existing MCLE publications, and materials from a number of regulatory agencies and professional organizations.
These materials serve not only as a valuable online companion for the course, but also as a continuing resource for research and reference in daily practice.
Attendance at this program, per SJC Rule 3:16, is a post-admission requirement. Only those already admitted to the Massachusetts bar will receive credit for the course; anyone not yet admitted to the bar will have to retake the course after admission.
Attendance at the entire program is required. Registrants who join online after the course has commenced will not be credited as having attend the day's program, but must register for another course date.
Agenda & Materials
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Check-In and Practicing with Professionalism Video Montage
9:00 am - 9:05 am
Law as a Profession: The Relevance and Importance of The Practicing with Professionalism RequirementA member of the SJC's Standing Committee on Professionalism emphasizes the value of this course, and identifies attributes and the importance of professionalism in the practice of law, while also highlighting the historical significance of Massachusetts lawyers in upholding the rule of law.Ingrid C. Schroffner, Esq., University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Office of Management , Shrewsbury
9:05 am - 9:45 am
Professionalism in Developing, Managing, and Maintaining Relationships—And in Problem Solving
• Your reputation takes years to build; start off right today: Civility in attorney-client relationships, attorney-to-attorney interactions, relationships with colleagues (including non-attorney staff), and communication with court and government agency personnel must be respectful and rooted in ethical principles.
• How to artfully balance the tension between zealous advocacy and the duty to conduct oneself civilly at all times; and how to diffuse difficult personalitiesPanel
9:45 am - 10:40 am
Connecting with the Legal Community: Building your Skills, Reputation, and Network through Pro Bono Work, Continuing Legal Education, and Engagement with Bar Associations
• Supporting Access to Justice and Pro Bono Service
• Engaging in Bar Associations and Continuing Your Legal EducationMichael Kippins, Esq.,
Michael James Merriam, Esq., Law Offices of Michael J. Merriam , Boston
Christina Miller, Esq., Suffolk University Law School , Boston
Victoria M. Santoro Mair, Esq., Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP , Boston
Ingrid C. Schroffner, Esq., University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Office of Management , Shrewsbury
10:40 am - 11:20 am
Challenges and Opportunities of New Technology and Social MediaMaximize the benefits of technology and social media in your practice and marketing, with civility, while steering clear of potential ethical traps and pitfalls.Matthew M. Yospin, Esq., Law Office of Matthew M. Yospin , Boston
11:20 am - 11:35 am
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Implicit Bias; The Importance Of Diversity and Inclusion in The Legal Profession; and Promoting Access To JusticeImpact implicit biases have on the practice of law, including on attorney interactions, client representation, court access, and jury selection. What can lawyers do to address this problem and promote diversity within, and equal service from, the legal profession?Ingrid C. Schroffner, Esq., University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Office of Management , Shrewsbury
12:20 pm - 1:05 pm
Tools and Resources for Maintaining Your Professional and Personal Well-Being: A Better Practice and A Better YOU
12:20 pm - 12:35 pmTop 10 Tips for Avoiding Rookie Missteps that Can Lead to an Inquiry from the Office of Bar Counsel
12:35 pm - 1:05 pmResources Abound: The Importance of Well-Being, and Tips for Caring for Yourself and Your Practice from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) and Its Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP)
1:05 pm - 1:15 pm
Closing RemarksKathleen M. O'Donnell, Esq., Law Office of Kathleen M. O'Donnell , Milton
MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.