The Delaware State Bar Association offers a variety of seminars

for the continued professional development of its members.

 

FUNDAMENTALS SCHEDULE FOR 2017 (Registration forms will be available below, as they become available):

  • Fundamentals of Real Estate – February 15, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure – March 15, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration – April 18, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology – May 10, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Civil Litigation – June 1, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Family Law – TBA
  • Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations – TBA

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Starting a Law Practice: And So the Adventure Begins
7.0 hours CLE credit (includes 4.3 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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And So the Adventure Begins! Whether you are a young attorney just starting out or a more experienced member of the bar seeking a transition to something new, this seminar provides insight and instruction on what to do, what impediments are out there, and what tools are available to make that dream happen. The seminar will be held on two dates, one week apart. (Attendees may attend one or both dates and discounted pricing is available for attendance on both dates.) Day One: Your entity of choice and your business plan; If I Could Turn Back Time; Specializing; Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection; Money, Money, Money: Setting Up Your Accounts and Protecting your Client; The Rules for Starting Up and Running Your Practice. Day Two: Sometimes it Takes a Village: Legal Considerations in Staffing Your Practice; The New Firm and Technology; The World of Professional Liability Insurance; How to Practice Law Without Having Your Head Explode; Go Forth into This Brave New World

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Microsoft Excel for Lawyers
2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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Excel is an important tool that can make you a better lawyer by being more efficient and organized in your daily practice. It can help you log billable hours, track expenses, create impressive charts, and assign and keep a closer eye on the status of your cases. Please bring your laptop to the seminar. You will receive a file to download when you register for the seminar. You’ll open the file at the seminar and follow along with the instructor.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Arbitration Training and Certification 2017
5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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This course serves as the basic initial offering toward DSBA Certification as an Arbitrator. Attendees who wish to be certified in a specific field of law must first take this general course and then at least one course which focuses on the specific area of law in which the arbitrator wishes to practice. The course outline will focus on general arbitration rules, procedures and practice; the perspective of “expert” arbitrators who will discuss best practices; the perspective of Superior Court and Court of Chancery judicial officers; Ethical issues related to arbitration. After registrants complete this course, they will be provided options to take courses in specific areas of law to complete certification. The first specialized arbitration course will be Employment and Labor Arbitration on February 22, 2017. The next specialty arbitration courses are Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017, and Personal Injury Arbitration on April 6, 2017.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Business and Tax Considerations for Solo Practitioners and Small Law Firms
2.0 hours CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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This CLE seminar will address considerations that impact taxes paid by solo practitioners and small law firms. Lawyers, accountants, and office managers will benefit from this seminar.

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism 2017
6.5 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE
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22nd Annual Seminar Topics include: Ethics Update; Ethical Issues in Handling Business Divorces; Employment Litigation and Mediation: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls; The Heart of the Deal: Ethical Issues in Negotiations; Ethical and Effective Oral Arguments; Insights from in-House Counsel on Ethics and Professionalism; The Ethics of Business Generation

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Fundamentals of Real Estate 2017
0.0 hour CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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COURSE NOW AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION -- If you are new to real and personal property law, either as a new admittee or you're handling a pro bono case or just need a refresher, this seminar is invaluable. The real estate essentials of settlements, titles searches, financing, land use, and escrow will be discussed by experts in the field. Hear those substantive topics then listen to Patricia Bartley Schwartz, Esquire, talk about following the Rules of Professional Conduct as they pertain to real estate lawyers. See you February 15, 2017! This Course must be completed by all new admittees to the Bar within the first 4 years of membership.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Engagement Letter, Fee Agreement, Retainer, and Legal Research Agreement, Oh My!
2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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This 2.0 hour seminar will focus on the agreement between you and your client which is a map to a beautiful relationship for both of you. The first hour with Patty Schwartz from the ODC and Chip Slanina from Finger & Slanina will focus on applicable Rules as well as reviewing cases where agreements have gone wrong and why. The speakers will lay out the ground rules for writing agreements such as preferred means of communication between lawyer and client, the fee itself, document retention, what’s covered by attorney-client privilege, etc. The second hour will cover real world agreement letters by seasoned practitioners in family law, real estate, elder law, personal injury, estates and trusts, and bankruptcy, among others. This hour is the nuts and bolts of this fee agreement CLE seminar. Sample letters will be provided along with explanations about why certain information should be included and other information not. Learn why it’s not easy drafting such an agreement, but how it can be done and updated as you get new cases. Bring your questions. Note, however, that not all can be answered — but they can be discussed.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Arbitration Training and Certification in Employment and Labor Law 2017
2.0 hours CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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Attorneys who wish to be certified by DSBA as a Labor and Law Arbitrator should take this course, along with the General Arbitration Training course (offered February 8, 2016). Experienced arbitrators in these areas of law will provide attendees with wisdom and insight as to the best practices for handling an employment or labor law arbitration. Other specialty arbitration seminars will be Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017, and Personal Injury Arbitration on April 6, 2017.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Treasure Islands: Demystifying Litigation and Asset Recovery in the Offshore World
2.0 hours CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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There is a view held by some that when it comes to trying to recover money or assets from an offshore defendant or to enforcing a judgment against assets located in the offshore the risks and costs versus the ability to make a successful recovery make litigating in the offshore world prohibitive.  The purpose of this presentation is to dispel this myth. It will highlight how with a proper strategy in place a creditor or claimant can successfully bring claims, trace assets and enforce judgments in the offshore world, particularly the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Reference can be made to examples in other jurisdictions including Bahamas, Bermuda and Turks & Caicos Islands if time permits / or in the course of any questions.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Arbitration Training and Certification in Commercial Law 2017
2.0 hours CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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Attorneys who wish to be certified by DSBA as a Labor and Law Arbitrator should take this course, along with the General Arbitration Training course (offered February 8, 2016). Experienced arbitrators in these areas of law will provide attendees with wisdom and insight as to the best practices for handling an employment or labor law arbitration. Other specialty arbitration seminars will be Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017, and Personal Injury Arbitration on April 6, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure 2017
0.0 hour CLE credit
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This seminar is scheduled for March 15, 2017. There is no set agenda or registration form yet available. This information has been added for your scheduling purposes only. When further information is available, a registration link will be activated.

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Friday, March 24, 2017
Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Conference 2017
5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 3.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Rehoboth Beach, DE
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This program is designed and planned specifically for the solo and small firm practitioner. All programs, speakers, and vendors are addressing issues that directly affect the solo and small firm lawyer. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other solo and small firm practitioners from across the state who share similar issues. Learn, share, motivate, network, socialize and enjoy! Topics are: Your Mobile PHone, Software for Your Practice and Social Media Strategies; Planning for Setbacks and Disasters; Practicing, Parenting, and Your Home Life; Litigation Skills for the Small Firm Practitioner; the Necessity of Disability Insurance for the Small Firm Attorney; Best Practices for Financial Management; The Past Year with ODC; Negotiation Skills.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Arbitration Training and Certification in Personal Injury Law 2017
2.0 hours CLE credit
Delaware State Bar Association
Dover - Kent County
Georgetown - Tunnell & Raysor
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Attorneys who wish to be certified by DSBA as a Personal Injury Law Arbitrator should take this course, along with the General Arbitration Training course (offered February 8, 2016). Experienced arbitrators in these areas of law will provide attendees with wisdom and insight as to the best practices for handling a personal injury law arbitration. Other specialty arbitration seminars included Labor and Employment Arbitration held on February 22, 2017 and Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration 2017
0.0 hour CLE credit
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This seminar is scheduled for April 18, 2017. There is no set agenda or registration form yet available. This information has been added for your scheduling purposes only. When further information is available, a registration link will be activated.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology 2017
0.0 hour CLE credit
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This seminar is scheduled for May 10, 2017. There is no set agenda or registration form yet available. This information has been added for your scheduling purposes only. When further information is available, a registration link will be activated.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Fundamentals of Civil Litigation 2017
0.0 hour CLE credit
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This seminar is scheduled for June 1, 2017. There is no set agenda or registration form yet available. This information has been added for your scheduling purposes only. When further information is available, a registration link will be activated.

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