Biases, Blind Spots & Ethics: How Good Lawyers Go Astray

with Dr. Larry Richard

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
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Who Should Attend

All lawyers who want to avoid unconscious ethical lapses in their practices will benefit from attending this program.

About the Program

Because lawyers represent the interests of others, our profession has grown up with a deep and serious commitment to ethical behavior. However, the way ethics is taught in most law schools makes two assumptions that run contrary to what we know about human behavior: (a) most courses emphasize what not to do; and (b) most teaching is focused on avoiding intentional ethical violations. In this exciting, new webinar, Dr. Larry Richard, a lawyer-psychologist who studies lawyer behavior, explains the flaws in these two assumptions, and offers several principles and practices to help us foster ethical behavior. Dr. Richard explores the cognitive toll that a rapidly changing profession – and world – takes on lawyers, and addresses how this cognitive toll produces unwitting biases that can cause misperception, misinterpretation, and misjudgment in our interactions with clients, colleagues, and the bench. You will...

  • Learn why using examples of good behavior is superior to avoiding bad behavior
  • Understand the role of cognitive biases, self-deception, and inaccurate emotional forecasting
  • Walk away with three practical steps you can take to increase the chances of ethical behavior

No matter how rational and fair we believe we are, we have biases and blind spots that affect our decision-making. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about cognitive biases that can affect your law practice, and practical techniques you can use to avoid unconscious ethical lapses.

Meet Your Presenter

Dr. Larry RichardDr. Larry Richard is recognized as the leading expert on the psychology of lawyer behavior. He has advised dozens of AmLaw 200 law firms on leadership, management, and related issues such as teams, change management, talent selection, assessment, and other aspects of strategic talent management. Widely known as an expert on the lawyer personality, he has gathered personality data on thousands of lawyers. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dr. Richard practiced law as a trial attorney for ten years. He then earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. For more than 20 years, he has provided consulting services exclusively to the legal profession. Formerly a partner with Altman Weil, and more recently the head of the Leadership & OD Practice at Hildebrandt International, in 2011 he established his own consulting firm, LawyerBrain LLC, which focuses on improving lawyer performance through personality science. He focuses on resilience, change management, leadership, and talent issues. He is a frequent author and speaker on the use of positive psychology and applied behavioral science in helping lawyers and law firms to succeed. Dr. Richard is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, and a licensed user of the MBTI, DiSC, and 15 other assessment tools.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

We're all biased - we all distort, delete and generalize

Our 2 brains - and the trouble they cause

How we learn - why teaching ethics should focus on what's exemplary, not what's unacceptable

The myth of intentional wrongdoing

Some favourite biases

Three tips to foster ethical behavior

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Returning Registrant

Registration Fees

All costs are in Canadian dollars before taxes.

HST/GST: 848208492

Until September 13, 2019

Biases, Blind Spots & Ethics: How Good Lawyers Go Astray - Thursday, October 10, 2019 $140.00

After September 13, 2019

Biases, Blind Spots & Ethics: How Good Lawyers Go Astray - Thursday, October 10, 2019 $165.00

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