Paralegal students at Globe University had an opportunity to network while providing a benefit to local attorneys. The Ethics class chose to host a one credit ethics seminar as a Service Learning project.
The timing could not have been better to hold such an event. Attorneys in Wisconsin must complete 30 credit hours of continuing legal education classes every two years to maintain their law licenses. Three of those credits must be in Ethics. The mandatory continuing legal education reporting period is up on January 31, 2013.
The Wisconsin State Bar will often offer a number of ethics seminars near the end of the reporting period for attorneys needing to meet their credits. By offering this seminar at no cost to the attorneys, the students gave local attorneys the opportunity to obtain one ethics credit without having to dig into their pockets for the cost.
The presenter for the seminar was Linda Albert, LCSW, CSAC of the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP) of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the topic was Safe Lawyering: Protecting Yourself Against Ethical, Emotional an Professional Troubles and Worse. The seminar covered ethical violations, correlations between imbalance and disciplinary chaos, and skills for professional hardiness and resilience.
The Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP), provides confidential assistance to help lawyers, judges, law students and their families cope with problems related to the stress of practicing law. It is a wonderful resource that is underutilized, and the first defense in trying to prevent ethical violations by lawyers who are willing to ask for help.
The Ethics students coordinated the entire seminar by contacting
Ms. Albert to inquire of her willingness and availability to conduct the
seminar, arranging room accommodations, providing the local
attorneys with notice of the seminar by hand delivering the flyer to
offices, applying for continuing education credit through the Board of
Bar Examiners, and providing a light lunch with some delicious
Several local attorneys took advantage of the opportunity to earn their
ethics credit, and Ms. Albert commented that the students were a very
attentive and polite group. It was an enjoyable experience.