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Human Resources Division, Staff Development Section
Continuing Legal Education
2013-07-01 to 2013-07-31

Training Calendar

The Texas Lawyer Disciplinary System
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
 
Tuesday, July 9th

This presentation will include an overview of the State Bar of Texas' Attorney Discipline process.  Attorneys will learn about the Grievance Referral program and the District Grievance committees.

This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

Lawyers' Writing Pet Peeves - Sorting the Sensible from the Senseless
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
 
Tuesday, July 16th

Lawyers are constantly judging and being judged based on their written work product.  In learning to take and give critical feedback that leads to better writing, lawyers need to distinguish among legitimate errors, conventional preferences, and personal pet peeves.  This CLE will walk participants through these distinct categories and suggest techniques for more effective self-critique as well as for receiving critiques from and giving critiques to other lawyers.

This course has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

Brain, Ethics, and Zealous Advocacy
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
 
Wednesday, July 17th

The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct retain the words "zealously" and "zeal" in its preamble and comments.  This talk explains how the brain handles the Rule's instruction to "zealously pursue client's interests within the bounds of the law" and explores the art of remaining ethical while maintaining the zeal of an advocate.  Speaker Kevin Leahy discusses the presence of numerous cognitive biases and how the brain preferentially selects patterns and facts best suited to help and predict and deliver its predisposed notions.  The talk explores the brain's inhibitory qualities as well and you will learn about areas of the prefrontal cortex that help you moderate actions that might violate the DRCs.  You will leave the talk with a greater understanding of the role bias plays in zealous advocacy and have more knowledge about the specific brain networks responsible for alerting you to possible ethics violations.  You will also learn about the regions responsible for keeping you within your ethical boundaries and how they can fatigue when certain conditions are present.

This course has been approved for 1.0 of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department. 

OAG Employees Only

Ethics 101 for Assistant Attorneys General
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
 
Tuesday, July 30th

This course by the OAG Ethics Advisor will offer practical advice and guidance in dealing with ethical issues that AAGs regularly face.  Attendees will learn about disciplinary rules, statutes, and policies that control what AAGs can and cannot do. 

Henry De La Garza is the Deputy Director of Human Resources, Ethics Advisor, and Assistant Attorney General.

This course has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including 1.0 ethics credit, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department. 

OAG Employees Only