Friday, February 3, 2017

CLE Programs and Law Library Reception February 16th

On Thursday, February 16th, we will be having two continuing legal education presentations and an open house reception. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any event or all three:
  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE: This course introduces lawyers to mindful meditation. The course defines mindful meditation, discusses some of the science and research about its benefits, and introduces participants to a basic mindfulness exercise. The course also discusses how mindfulness can aid various lawyering skills and, in particular, explores how it can support the legal profession’s goal of civility. 1 hour of professionalism CLE credit will be available. 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Challenges of Working with Vulnerable Populations CLE: Many attorneys work with vulnerable populations throughout their career, especially in pro bono work. Specific ethical issues arise when working with clients facing homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. This course will start with an overview of the culture of poverty and the possible implications upon representation, particularly the hurdles to developing trust between an attorney and client. Presenters will also discuss the role of a lawyer and potential confidentiality challenges in working with vulnerable populations. Presenters will then examine ethical implications of working with clients facing mental health issues and provide tips for working with clients. Finally, other challenges to working with clients facing homelessness, mental illness or addiction (habituation to punishment and crisis mode) will be explored. 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Library Expansion Reception: Following our two CLE programs earlier in the day, join us for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. See the progress of our new collaborative north wing library expansion project! Attendance at the CLEs is not required. 5:00-6:00 p.m., Marshall Gallery.