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Business Lawyer Horror Stories

Featuring John P. Freeman
Credit(s): 1 CLE Credits
1 Ethics Credits
Course Number: DL-240
Original Program Date: November 21, 2008
Duration: 59 minutes
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  • In this unique ethics seminar, Professor John P. Freeman draws on his extensive experience in practice and shares cautionary tales of business law cases gone awry. The names have been changed to protect the victims, but Professor Freeman`s insightful and often amusing tales will highlight the most common mistakes made in this complex field of practice. Dragging the supposed monsters out of the closet, he will show you how simple changes to your business practices and client screening can save you from sleepless nights and disciplinary nightmares.

    As an added bonus, this seminar includes an ethics "quick tip" on secret tape recording. Barbara Seymour of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and Jill Rothstein, the Bar`s Risk Management Director will tell you all you need to know about recording conversations in a brief, painless discussion.

    As the ideal companion to this online seminar, don't forget to order your copy of the Annotated South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, 2013 Edition. Designed to give busy practitioners quick, accurate and inexpensive access to every important issue arising under the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, this practical, soft-cover volume is thoroughly annotated with relevant case law and Ethics Advisory Opinions current through December 2009.

    1 CLE Credits
    1 Ethics Credits  

    John P. Freeman, Retired Professor Emeritus

    John P. Freeman held the John Campbell Chair in Business and Professional Ethics at the University of South Carolina Law School. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and received an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he studied as a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Study of Financial Institutions. Professor Freeman has been employed by the Securities Exchange Commission, where he served as special counsel. He has taught corporate and securities law, and legal ethics for over 20 years, and has testified as an expert witness and served as trial counsel in various securities and legal malpractice lawsuits. He has also served as litigation counsel and testified as an expert witness in grievance matters. He has also served as an arbitrator and mediator in securities litigation.

    Jill C. Rothstein, Risk Management Director

    Jill Rothstein is the Risk Management Director at the South Carolina Bar, where she advises South Carolina attorneys on various facets of risk management, ethics and professional responsibility. She holds a JD degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a BA in English, Political Science and Communications from Meredith College. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers, the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals. Jill lives in Columbia, SC with her husband and two children.

    Barbara M. Seymour, Deputy Disciplinary Counsel

    Barbara Seymour is the Deputy Disciplinary Counsel to the Supreme Court of South Carolina where she investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against lawyers. In 1990, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1993. Barbara worked as a trial lawyer from 1993 to 2000. She served as an adjunct instructor in the Professional Legal Assistants Program at Converse College and currently teaches as an adjunct in the Paralegal Degree Program at Midlands Technical College. Her courses have included Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Business Law, Torts, Ethics, and Law Office Management. Barbara is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia Bar (inactive), and the National Organization of Bar Counsel. She currently serves on the Law Related Education Committee and the Professional Responsibility Committee at the South Carolina Bar. Barbara was named the 2006 Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year. She is a Fellow of the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism. Barbara is the creator and coordinator of the Legal Ethics and Practice Program (LEAPP), which includes ethics, advertising, and trust account schools, sponsored by the Supreme Court and the South Carolina Bar.

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    Business Lawyer Horror StoriesNA4 MB
    PowerPoint Slides (in note-taking format)NA28 KB
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