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The Delaware State Bar Association offers a variety of seminars for the continued professional development of its members

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Behind the Cool Image: Laying a Foundation for Lawyer Well-Being in 2018 - January, 2018
1.0 hour CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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Attend one or attend all four workshops. January 24, 2018, February 21, 2018, March 14, 2018, and April 18, 2018. Learn to be a fit attorney through wellness and stress management techniques, skills and tips while laughing, networking, and eating.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Two Sides of Cybersecurity: Proactive Planning & Incident Response 2018
2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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Failing to maintain a reasonable Cybersecurity program is a path to the dark side. It also will violate the newly amended Delaware Data Breach Notification Law as of April 2018. Join Cyber lawyers from the public and private sector to explore how to develop a Cybersecurity program from both the proactive and incident response perspectives.

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism 2018
6.3 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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The 23rd Annual Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar features 6.3 ethics credits with the following topics: Ethics Update - Hot Topics in the World of Attorney Discipline; ADR in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; Out-of-State Clients & Litigators: Undermining "The Delaware Way"?; The Use of Special Discovery Masters in State and Federal Courts; Ethics Twister: An Interactive Game to Test Your Ethical IQ; Ethcis and Professionalism in Bankruptcy Practice; and The Renewal of Civility in Delaware.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
State v. Steven Pennell: The Story of the Investigation and Trial of Delaware's Only Serial Killer
3.0 hours CLE credit
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In 1988, the Delaware State Police and the New Castle County Police began the painstaking investigation into a series of brutal murders along the Route 40 corridor that eventually led to the arrest of serial killer Steven Pennell. This CLE will discuss that investigation from the perspective of the police detectives who worked around the clock and the legal challenges presented in their pursuit of Delaware’s first serial killer. This CLE will also discuss the many unique issues and challenges presented in the 1989 trial of this case, and will provide perspectives from the trial judge, prosecutor, and defense counsel. Some of the unique issues included the first use of DNA in a Delaware criminal trial, a media request for access to jurors names, seizure of fibers by an undercover police officer from the suspect’s van, and the ethical implications of a later post-trial no contest plea and appeal by then pro se Pennell.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Fundamentals of Real Estate 2018
6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
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This seminar is part of the 7 required fundamentals courses. 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. Experts in the field will discuss the real estate essentials of settlements, titles searches, financing, land use, and escrow.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Behind the Cool Image: Laying a Foundation for Lawyer Well-Being in 2018 - February, 2018
1.0 hour CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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Attend one or attend all three workshops. February 21, 2018, March 14, 2018, and April 18, 2018. Learn to be a fit attorney through wellness and stress management techniques, skills and tips while laughing, networking, and eating.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Health Law and Requests for Medical Records 2018
1.0 hour CLE credit
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Hospitals and healthcare providers are bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which is often a misunderstood law governing issues on access to patient's medical information. Come learn more about the complexities of HIPAA and how it is often improperly used to restrict disclosure of information by people and organizations which are not covered by the Act.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Arbitration Training and Certification as a Family Law Arbitrator 2018
2.0 hours CLE credit
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Experienced arbitrators in the area of Family Law will provide attendees with wisdom and insight as to the best practices for handling arbitration in divorce ancillary matters in the Family Court of the State of Delaware, focusing on Family Court Civil Rule 16.3 and the Model Family Law Arbitration Act. In order to be certified, participants must also have attended (or watched on video) the 2/8/17 General Arbitration Training Course. DSBA offers certification in Personal Injury Arbitration, Employment and Labor Arbitration, and Commercial Arbitration which are available on video.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Movie Night at DSBA 2018 - Confirmation
1.0 hour CLE credit
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In the movie, "Confirmation," Judge Clarence Thomas's nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her. In the wake of the sexual abuse scandals coming out of Hollywood, the political arena, the media, the literary world, and the hospitality industry, this movie cannot be more timely. Social media is abuzz with #metoo and unwanted sexual conduct can lead to legal ramifications. Toward the end of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, a law professor who had previously worked under Thomas at the United States Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), were leaked to the media from a confidential FBI report. The allegations led to a media frenzy and further investigations. Televised hearings were re-opened and held by the Senate Judiciary Committee before the nomination was moved to the full Senate for a vote. Thomas was confirmed by a narrow majority of 52 to 48.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Behind the Cool Image: Laying a Foundation for Lawyer Well-Being in 2018 - March, 2018
1.0 hour CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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Attend one or both workshops. March 14, 2018, and April 18, 2018. Learn to be a fit attorney through wellness and stress management techniques, skills and tips while laughing, networking, and eating.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Behind the Cool Image: Laying a Foundation for Lawyer Well-Being in 2018 - April, 2018
1.0 hour CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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Learn to be a fit attorney through wellness and stress management techniques, skills and tips while laughing, networking, and eating.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Series of Three 1.0 Hour Seminars in June. (6/8/16, 6/22/16, 6/29/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
ONE SEMINAR LEFT! JUNE 29: Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration -- Previous seminars in this series: June 8: Ethics in ADR. June 22: Participant-Oriented Mediation for Family Court, Adult Guardianships, Elder Mediation. June 29: Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration. dsb06082016Alter

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Best Practices for Pro Bono Programs at Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments

1.5 hours CLE credit
The term “pro bono” means “for the public good.” But for lawyers, this is more than just volunteerism; it is a means to give of one’s legal skills to benefit both the community and the profession. This seminar will instruct attendees in the best practices of how to partner with clients and other law firms, discuss economic considerations, and will tap into the genuine motivation to better the world in which we practice. There will be discussions about special challenges facing those who practice in smaller firms, Kent and Sussex Counties, and the Department of Justice. This course is for all lawyers, whether in practice by themselves or as part of a firm or corporation and will provide basic instruction as to how to become a part of the Delaware legal community’s tradition of giving back. VDSB10122016BEST_

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Current Issues and Dilemmas: What's New and What's News at Bench and Bar Conference 2016 (recorded on 6/17/16)

9.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
A lively discussion regarding current ethical dilemmas facing our practitioners and courts. What’s New and What’s News? In addition to the plenary CLE session, for the first time, attendees have five breakout sessions from which to choose, composed of members of our Bench and Bar. The video contains the plenary session and all five breakout sessions. You may watch one or all of these. dsb06172016Bench

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Environmental Law 2016 (4/26/16)

4.0 hours CLE credit
DNREC Public Hearing Process; Clean Power Plant Update; Sustainable Practice(s) for Delaware Attorneys?; Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home; Brownfields/HSCA Update; Clean Water: A Delaware and Regional Primer. dsb04263016Envir

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Finance for Lawyers 2016 (3/22/16)

5.5 hours CLE credit
Having an understanding of the key elements of finance is important in helping your clients with their problems and in meeting their objectives and goals. This seminar will introduce you to the processes involved in creating those statements. Once you understand accounting principles, you’ll be able to understand a financial statement, formulate successful inquiries, and communicate effectively with clients, business and financial colleagues. Topics include: Foundations of Modern Accounting and the Basic Equation of Finance; Financial Statements; Accounting Methodologies and Principles; Who’s Who in Financial Reporting; Private Company Accounting; Key Numbers and Ratios; Present Value Concepts and Business Valuations; The Lawyer’s Role in Financial Audits; Basic Concepts of Financial Investment; Financial Fraud Scheme. There is a $50 royalty fee for this seminar. dsb03222016Finan

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Fundamentals of Civil Litigation 2016 (5/12/16)

6.0 hours CLE credit
U.S. District Court Practice; Court of Common Pleas Practice; Court of Chancery Practice; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Practice; Delaware Supreme Court Practice; Delaware Superior Court Practice. dsb05122016Funda

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Fundamentals of Family Law 2016 (Recorded on 1/29/16)

6.3 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Termination of Parental Rights/Dependency/Neglect; Protection from Abuse and Domestic Violence; Ethics and Family Law; Guardianship; Child Support; Custody and Visitation; Divorce and Ancillary Matters; Juvenile Justice; The Delaware Way dsb01292016Funda

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Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations (Recorded on 2/24/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
What Is a Conflict of Interest?; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints; Working with the Difficult Client; Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee; The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; Your Client and Ethical Considerations in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Attorney Recordkeeping and Timekeeping; Fee Disputes: How to Avoid Them and How to Address Those That Arise; nternet, Social Media, and Acceptable Communications with/about Your Client; The Delaware Way. DSB02242016FUNDA

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Is Delaware's Death Penalty Already Dead? A Review of Rauf v. State and the Delaware Statute

1.5 hours CLE credit
Panelists will chronicle the narrative of the Rauf v. State case in which the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state's death penalty statute is unconstitutional. Experienced defense lawyers Santino Ceccotti and Kevin O'Connell, former Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey, and former state Attorney General and current U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly, will join with moderator and former Superior Court judge Charles Toliver to discuss the ramifications of the Rauf decision, it's potential retroactive application, and its application to pending cases. DSB09072016IS_DE

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Labor and Employment Law Update 2016 (3/23/16)

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.8 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
“My Employee is Pregnant: Why Am I the One Who is Anxious?”; Affordable Care Compliance Update; HIPPA Concerns for Contractors in the Workplace; Spoliation/Litigation Holds; “Can We Talk?” – Old and New Ethical Pitfalls in Communicating with Employee Witnesses; Federal and State Legislative Updates. dsb03232016Labor

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Lawyers and Wellbeing in New Castle County (Recorded on 1/12/16, 1/19/16, 1/26/16, 2/2/16)

4.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
A series of four workshops. Attend all four or individually. 1/12/16: An overview of wellbeing for judges and lawyers through organizational culture. Plus, tools to improve communication skills and understanding what is not being said.1/19/16: The Mindful Law Practice: Concepts, benefits and misconceptions (Mindful vs. Mindless). 1/26/16: SPIRE – The Five Dimensions of a Lawyer’s Best Self: Spiritual Wellbeing • Physical Wellbeing • Intellectual Wellbeing • Relational Wellbeing • Emotional Wellbeing. 2/2/16: Overcoming the fear of change: Turn change into transformation and reinvention. dsb01122016Lawye

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Office and Trial Practice 2016

7.0 hours CLE credit (includes 3.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
The Office and Trial Practice Forum is an annual CLE offering focusing on practical and ethical topics which assist practitioners in the various duties of their firm or office. The featured speaker, Dean Strang, is a Wisconsin criminal attorney whose representation of accused murderer, Steven Avery, resulted in his client's conviction being overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mr. Strang's discussion of systemic injustice is accompanied by other discussions by distinguished speakers on the status of the death penalty in Delaware, professionalism, disability law, and authenticity in the workplace. DSB10282016OFFIC

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Overview of Medicare Benefits for Chronic or Extended Healthcare and  Introduction to Long-Term Care Medicaid (6/9/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit
Overview of Medicare Benefits for Chronic or Extended Healthcare: This presentation focuses on benefits that relate to long-term or chronic illness. It will include a brief background discussion of the structure of Medicare benefits followed by a more in-depth review of requirements to qualify for and specific services offered under: 1) Inpatient Hospital Care, 2) Skilled Nursing Facility Care; 3) Home Health Care (including Home Health Aid services) and 4) Hospice Care. The goals are to provide background and also to provide resources that enable the practitioner to do further research on any questions that may arise. Introduction to Long-Term Care Medicaid: This is an introduction to asset preservation in the context of public benefits, particularly long-term care Medicaid. Working and middle-class consumers cannot afford the costs of long term care, which include, nursing homes, assisted living and in home care. Although most Americans will suffer some period of disability during their lifetime, the most common plan for paying for long term care is to spend until broke and then go on Medicaid. We will explore long-term care Medicaid basics and some concepts to protect assets while preserving benefit eligibility. dsb06092016Overv

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Panama Papers, Tom Brady, and The Good Wife, Oh My! - Recent Developments in Data Security and E-Discovery

3.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This seminar focuses on data security, e-discovery and ethics, approaching the subjects with three expert panels. The first panel will look at the Panama Papers, ransomware, and other hacks into our daily computer-driven lives. The second will discuss Inflate-gate, destruction of emails and cloud storage chaos, among other technological disasters. Finally, the third panel will examine the ethical implications related to all the nanobytes of data that make up a legal case by evaluating what your favorite TV lawyers have encountered. Each panel will discuss the litigation and legislation which has evolved in these areas. VDSB11092016PANAM

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Public Speaking for Lawyers (Recorded 9/20/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit
One of the most important skills for lawyers is the ability to speak in public, whether it be a before a forum of hundreds or a conference room with only a handful of people present. It is expected that you, as an attorney, have the gift of rising from your seat and providing concise and relevant remarks. Such occasions arise in both your professional and personal lives. This course will provide you with the tools to conquer any public speaking environment, including firm presentations, large audience addresses, toasts and eulogies. Even if you never had the desire to become a trial lawyer, you still have occasions when you’re called upon to provide remarks and this course will prepare you for such events. Watch John E. Savoth, Esquire, past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and adjunct professor of public speaking at Widener University Delaware Law School as he teaches you how to prepare for your audience, practice your words, and control your body and voice to become a more effective speaker.

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Revlon at 30: Is There Still Poison in the Pill?

3.0 hours CLE credit
For the past 30 years, every law student studying Corporations has learned about Delaware’s imposition of Revlon duties, which refers to the fiduciary duties of directors to the shareholders during a hostile takeover of a corporation. A distinguished panel looks back on the Revlon v. MacAndrews case and puts it in context to corporation law in 1986 and considers whether Revlon remains as relevant today as it was the Delaware Supreme Court first issued this landmark decision. Attendees will hear from several prominent corporate attorneys, as well as a leading academic on corporation law. Andrew G.T. Moore, the former Delaware Supreme Court Justice who wrote this notable opinion, will be joined by two attorneys (one appellant, one appellee) who argued before him thirty years ago. VDSB10202016REVLO

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Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism (Recorded on 2/5/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 4.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Ethics Update:Developments in the Law of Professional Responsibility; Navigating the Choppy Waters of Social Media: A Lawyer’s Guide; Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Law; Writing Briefs that Assist the Court and Win the Case; Ethics in Transactional Practice; Regulation of Professionals in a Post-Bradley World; Effective and Ethical Mediation Techniques. dsb02052016Ruben

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Rules of the Road: A Lawyer's Guide to DUI/DWI (New Castle County)

3.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This seminar will cover the basics of handling a DUI or DWI case, including interviewing the client, discovery, motions and trial. Learn from an attorney who has extensive experience and can provide real world narratives about this practice of law.  Whether you practice in a small or large firm, are new to this area of law or simply need a refresher to catch up on new procedures, this seminar is for you.DSB09142016RULES

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Short Topics in Real Estate 2016 (4/19/16)

3.8 hours CLE credit (includes 0.8 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Delaware Case Law; Environmental Law Update; Ethics Update (Cyber Risks); Delaware Property Rights Case Law Update; Update on the CFPB and the Closing Disclosure. dsb04292016Short

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Silent Trusts: What You Need to Know About the 2015 Notice Act (Recorded on 2/10/16)

1.5 hours CLE credit
Delaware has long permitted the creator of a trust to keep the existence of that trust a secret from beneficiaries “for a period of time” – a valuable feature for grantors seeking to benefit descendants without spoiling them through the promise of wealth, but a potential minefield for trustees.  We now have additional statutory guidance regarding these so-called “silent trusts,” as well as new tools for managing the interests of screened-off beneficiaries. Whether you draft trusts, advise trustees, or are simply interested in learning more, please join us for a lively discussion of the new law, trustee best practices, drafting tips and real world scenarios.  DSB02102016SILEN

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Supreme Court Review 2016: A Discussion of Decisions at the Highest State and Federal Judicial Levels (Recorded 09/30/2016)

3.3 hours CLE credit
Distinguished panelists led by moderator, Justice Karen L. Valihura, discuss the past year's Delaware Supreme Court decisions, as well as relevant U.S. Supreme Court opinions. In addition, they will preview cases and issues likely to be decided in the upcoming year.

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Teddy Roosevelt for President 2016

3.0 hours CLE credit
This election year more than ever, the people are clamoring for an alternative to the two main party candidates, with mutterings of a third party alternative and a pining for the good old days of the past. Enter, Teddy Roosevelt, powerful and popular former president and father of the Progressive Party, offering us all an alternative to the drudgery of today’s political climate. DSBA is proud to present President Roosevelt to provide you with wit, wisdom and insight on the laws he implemented during his two administrations, from breaking up the big corporations to protecting the environment to protections for consumers and the working class. Do these issues sound familiar? Join actor and historian Peyton Dixon and U.S. Constitution scholar Donald Scarinci, Esquire as they bring you a lively discussion about Theodore Roosevelt, the laws enacted during his terms, and their relevance to today’s issues and problems.DSB10182016TEDDY

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® ™ (Trademark Basics)

1.5 hours CLE credit
This seminar discusses the importance of selecting a strong trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protected, but that is also usable and practical. The speaker will highlight issues to consider when choosing a mark such as avoiding an established trademark or potentially confusing marks. This seminar will also instruct attendees as to the importance of doing a thorough search and the potential grounds for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse a registration. Further discussion will include topics such as potential trademark infringement litigation and avoiding scams from disreputable trademark service companies.VDSB09212016TRADE

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What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Depositions

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is one in the brown bag lunch series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar takes you step by step through the deposition process and alerts you to potential pitfalls and mistakes made by many newer attorneys. The second in this series will be What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Annual Reviews which will take place on Jan. 4, 2017 and the third in this series will be What I Wish I Learned in Law School About Oral Arguments which will be on March 1. VDSB12072016WHAT_

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When the Court Calls (4/28/16)

3.5 hours CLE credit (includes 2.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Understanding the Mechanics of Court Appointments; Legal Proceedings, Discovery and the Appointed Client; Taking Positions Recommended by the Client: The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; The Appointee’s Ethical Obligations and Ethical Pitfalls of Court Appointments; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints . Dsb04282016When_

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When the Injury is Personal

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Learn the ins and outs of a personal injury case from some of the best civil litigators who will walk you through civil procedure, medical records, insurance issues, expert examinations, and damages. The distinguished panel will focus on relevant case law, legislation, and practical tips for bringing and defending these claims. Be prepared to diligently take notes on a variety of important topics such as products liability recalls, settlement procedures, lost wages, admissibility and confidentiality of medical records, Daubert motions, excess claims, determining coverage and so much more. VDSB12132016WHEN_

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Workers' Compensation 2016 (5/4/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Address from the Industrial Accident Board; Cultural and Socioeconomic Issues in Client Counseling; Perception is Everything: Gleaning the Claimant without Discovery; Interplay Between SSDI and Workers' Compensation; Keynote Address "The Art of Appellate Advocacy” by The Honorable Kent A. Jordan; Case Law & Utilization Review Roundup; Creativity in Commutations; Causation and the Unusual Diagnosis; Winning the Battle, Losing the War: The Self-Limiting Injury; Ethics of Disclosure. dsb05042016Worke

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Appraisal: Before and After 2017

4.0 hours CLE credit
The law surrounding appraisal rights continues to develop in Delaware. Recent developments affect the merger process from the inception of any merger negotiation through an appraisal trial. Among other issues is concern for the sale process itself as the nature and quality of that process will affect the prospects that the court will rely on the merger price as the most reliable indicator of fair value. Boards must be attentive therefore to director and financial advisor conflicts and the manner in which bids are solicited and considered. Clients are arguably best served if transactional and litigation attorneys collaborate before any negotiations begin. A panel of seasoned professionals will identify how recent developments in the case law affect best practices for transactional and litigation attorneys in merger transactions where appraisal is a right and a potential remedy.VDSB05172017APPRA

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Arbitration Training and Certification 2017

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
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 next specialty arbitration courses are Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017, and Personal Injury Arbitration on April 6, 2017.VDSB02082017ARBIT

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Arbitration Training and Certification in Commercial Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB03072017ARBIT

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Arbitration Training and Certification in Employment and Labor Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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 have been held within the past year on Commercial Law Arbitration (March 7, 2017) and Personal Injury Arbitration (April 6, 2017). Plans are in the works for training in Probate and Estates and Family Law.VDSB06212017ARBIT

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Arbitration Training and Certification in Personal Injury Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. Vdsb04062017arbit

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Bench and Bar 2017 - The Citizen Lawyer: Exploring the Ever-Changing Role of the Lawyer in Society

8.5 hours CLE credit
CLE Programs include: 8:30 AM -10:00 AM Group -- a) So Called Judges? The Parameter of Free Speech in Criticizing Courts and Their Decisions and the Lawyer's Role in the Process; b) Confessions and Interrogations in Criminal Cases; c) The Ever-Changing Face of the American Family and Its Effect on Delaware Family Law. 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Group -- a) Beyond the Courthouse - The Lawyer as a Citizen in Service to the Community; b) What Judges Do Well and What They Can Do Better in Helping Litigators Litigate; c) The Camera Doesn't Lie...or Does It? A Discussion on the Legal, Evidentiary, and Ethical Impact of Body Cameras and Other Devices.

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Business and Tax Considerations for Solo Practitioners and Small Law Firms

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB02092017BUSIN

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Business Divorce 101

3.0 hours CLE credit
Sometimes your client’s best-laid business plans go astray. This seminar will help you learn the necessary steps to help effectuate a business divorce, whether it is through dissolution of a corporation or another entity, a squeeze-out merger, a reverse stock split or litigation. You will be instructed on how to take control of assets and operations and how to sell the entity, and will learn how to prove and defend damage claims related to business divorce. VDSB01192017BUSIN

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Celebrating the Clover; Getting Pulled Over

2.0 hours CLE credit
Unfortunately, certain holidays often result in higher rates of DUI arrests. Here’s a timely CLE to discuss the ins and outs of DUI law, court procedures from Superior Court, Family Court, CCP, JP Courts, and Alderman Courts, as well as case law, the first offender election, and ignition interlock devices. VDSB03162017CELEB

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Delaware Corporate Law Anniversary Symposium 2017

9.5 hours CLE credit
Celebrating the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Delaware Court of Chancery Constitution of 1792 Adopted June 12, 1792; The 50th anniversary of the 1967 general revision of the Delaware General Corporation Law July 3, 1967; The 25th anniversary of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act July 22, 1992. VDSB09262017delaw

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Engagement Letter, Fee Agreement, Retainer, and Legal Research Agreement, Oh My!

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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.VDSB02162017ENGAG

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Environmental Law 2017

3.0 hours CLE credit
This seminar will involve instruction on environmental considerations in the residential development process, environmental-related financial assurance requirements, and law and policy actions under the new administration. There will also be an update on Delaware environmental law and regulations and a keynote address from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.VDSB06152017ENVIR

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Family Feud: What You Need to Know about Bankruptcy & Family Law Issues

1.5 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
The union of family law issues and bankruptcy can bring about the most turbulent clashes. This seminar will help you understand Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and will provide tips for unwary domestic relations practitioners when their clients or their adversaries have financial problems. The speaker, Eric Doroshow, has represented consumers in Delaware for nearly 40 years and will provide ethical insights on representing both parties in a bankruptcy proceeding and other conflicts of interest, as well as representing clients in both family law and bankruptcy matters. VDSB10042017famil

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Fundamentals of Civil Litigation 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
This course which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA focuses on civil litigation within all the Delaware Courts and discusses various aspects of the civil case from the filing of the complaint to the filing of an appeal. DSB06012017FUNDA

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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This fundamentals course is part of the required courses for new admittees to the Delaware Bar. Follow a criminal case from indictment to appeal, hearing from experienced attorneys in criminal matters. Topics will include pre-trial practice, trial practice, opening and closing arguments, sentencing, presentence investigations,mitigation, post-trial motions, Rule 61 motions, ethical issues, and candor to the court.VDSB03152017FUNDA

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Fundamentals of Family Law 2017

6.3 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the challenges and rewards of helping clients navigate through the various facets of family law. A comprehensive curriculum looks at the assessments lawyers must make in dealing with their clients, in working within the rules of ethics, and discussions of special topics of interest to family law practitioners such as custody and child support issues. Topics include: Termination of Parental Rights/Dependency/Neglect; Protection from Abuse and Domestic Violence; Ethics and Family Law; Guardianship; Child Support; Custody and Visitation; Divorce and Ancillary Matters; Juvenile Justice; The Delaware Way. VDSB10312017funda

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Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the inner-workings of a law office and best practices for starting and maintaining a law practice, including the use of technology to further the mission of the lawyer/client relationship. Panelists will discuss Law Office Practice, Lawyer-Client Relations, Technology Issues, Avoiding a Disciplinary Complaint, Wellness and Life Balance. VDSB05102017FUNDA

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Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations 2017

6.3 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the important relationship between lawyers and their clients. A comprehensive curriculum looks at the decisions lawyers must make in dealing with their clients, in working within the rules of ethics, and in seeking assistance when situations become difficult. Program Highlights: What is a Conflict of Interest; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints; Working with the Difficult Client; Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee; The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; Your Client and Ethical Considerations in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Fee Disputes: How to Avoid Them and How to Address Those That Arise; The Delaware Way

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Fundamentals of Real Estate 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
NEW CASTLE COUNTY REGISTRATION IS FULL; IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE SELECT DOVER OR GEORGETOWN VENUES -- 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. VDSB02152017FUNDA

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Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
This course is one of the seven Fundamentals courses which new bar members must take to comply with their Continuing Legal Education Commission requirements. Attendees will learn from experienced practitioners about the basics of estate planning and estate administration. This engaging and interactive program is designed to equip those new to the practice area with the tools needed to succeed, and is full of practical tips. You will even get to see mock client interviews to demonstrate the sorts of things you will need to know to practice in this area.VDSB04182017FUNDA

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Game of Drones, Autonomous Vehicles and Other Connected Devices

2.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
A panel of experts explores the brave new world of “thinking” machines and its implications on ethics, criminal law, civil litigation, hacking and privacy. The first segment, “Game of Drones, A Song of Eyes and Fear” looks at drone technology, risk management, authorization for use of drones for governmental bodies, and the emerging legal issues resulting from use of drones. The second segment, "Cell Phones and Social Media Evidentiary Issues" looks at the implications of cell phones and social media. “License, Registration and Software Update History,” focuses on autonomous (self-driving) cars and their impact on the legal profession, whether it be the reduction of insurance claims, or the increase of potential litigation. “My Refrigerator Stole My Identity” focuses on the increasing number of home appliances and gadgets which store personal information and can be vulnerable to cybersecurity issues. Panelists will also look at litigation issues related to such hacks. Finally, "What the Camera Sees" will explore the evidentiary issues related to body cameras, ATMs, automobiles, etc. VDSB04122017GAME_

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Identifying Witness Deception

1.5 hours CLE credit
Lying – in some form or fashion – occurs in nearly every conversation. We would be naive to think it doesn’t happen during a deposition or other settings. This session will provide a plain-English summary of the latest research on lie detection, to include: the most reliable verbal and nonverbal signs; the importance of emotions; understanding cultural differences; identifying micro-expressions; and dispelling the common lie detection myths. Attendees will learn how to structure deposition questions in a way to detect deception, watch “real world” video examples of people who were later found to be lying, and leave the seminar with a silver bullet question that can be used to detect deception in ANY situation. VDSB04262017IDENT

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Labor and Employment Update 2017

4.8 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Evidentiary and Trial Practice in Employment Litigation; The Intersection Among the Americans With Disabilities Act as Amended, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and their Delaware State Corollaries; Hostile Work Environments and Constructive Discharge Thresholds; E-Discovery and Employment Litigation; Employment and Labor Ethics Update; Federal and State Legislative and Case Law Updates VDSB03282017LABOR 215

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Microsoft Excel for Lawyers

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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.VDSB02022017micro

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Money Stuffed Under the Mattress: A Discussion with the Principals of Sealy Mattress vs. Sealy 2017

3.0 hours CLE credit
Part of the “Anniversary Series” – a look back at great Corporate cases in Delaware history. It was a case of unfair dealing and undervalued stock. Join the plaintiff’s attorneys who fought for and won an injunction against directors who undervalued the Sealy stock as they attempted to buy out minority Delaware shareholders for a merger with an out-of-state corporation and hear from the defense attorneys who fought on behalf of the directors. An all-star panel, including former Justice Jack B. Jacobs (then, the Vice-Chancellor who granted the injunction) as they step you through the facts of Sealy Mattress vs. Sealy, Inc. 532 A.2d 1324 (1987) and concentrate on the issues of directors’ duty of fairness and valuation of stock, as well as remedies. It is an oft-cited case which has stood its ground for three decades.VDSB05232017MONEY

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Office and Trial Practice 2017

3.3 hours CLE credit (includes 2.3 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of the Break-in at the DNC Headquarters (June 17, 1972), and a Look at Watergate and its Legal Implications. This seminar will have as its keynote, retired FBI agent Angelo Lano, the Delaware agent who headed the burglary investigation and uncovered evidence which ultimately brought down the President of the United States. Other speakers will touch on the lessons we have learned from Watergate such as: When is it acceptable to record someone in Delaware? To whom is the responsibility owed when representing a corporate entity? What is the Delaware Whistleblowers' Protection Act.VDSB10132017OFFIC

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Quickbooks for Lawyers 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This CLE seminar offers step-by-step instruction in using QuickBooks™ in the law office, especially in keeping with the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Taught by Renee Villano, CPA, from Albero, Kupferman & Associates, LLC, a pre-certification provider approved by the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, this seminar is for lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, office managers, and anyone who handles a lawyers' books and needs to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct.VDSB10172017quick

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Reflections on Dr. King - MLK Breakfast Seminar

1.0 hour CLE credit
As part of the annual MLK Breakfast, there will be a one hour seminar included in the price of your admission. Come listen to Dr. Clarence B. Jones, advisor and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to sign up for the breakfast, you must RSVP by Jan. 9, 2017 by registering online via the link on the DSBA homepage. VDSB01162017REFLE

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Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism 2017

6.5 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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. VDSB02102017RUBEN

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Selected Topics in Government and Consumer Law 2017

6.8 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Program Highlights: Issues in Consumer Law and Credit - Pardons and Expungement of Criminal Arrests and Convictions; Identity Theft, Data Breaches, and the Emerging World of Fintech- Delaware DOJ Consumer Protection Unit; Selected Issues at the Intersection of Government and Employment Law; Guest Speaker: The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court; Non-Profit Sector Plays a Key Role in Access to Justice; Recent Developments in Land Banks & Redevelopment; Recent Developments in Election Laws. VDSB11022017SELEC

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Short Topics in Real Estate 2017

3.8 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Hear from experienced real estate attorneys on current trends in environmental law, property rights and title insurance claims, as well as an update on the newest Delaware cases affecting real estate law and an ethics update. Sessions include: Delaware Case Law Update; Environmental Law Update; Current Trends in Ethics; Delaware Property Rights Case Law Update; Current Trends in Title Insurance Claims. After the seminar, enjoy a social gathering at Cocina Lolo. VDSB04192017SHORT

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Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Conference 2017

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 3.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
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. VDSB03242017SMALL

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Staffing Your Law Practice 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
Selecting the right employees for your law practice can not only be a challenge, but a laborious task. With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to find the perfect person for the position and then guide them to become a successful staff member. This information-packed seminar will cover such topics as: best hiring practices, employer obligations, compensation, and corrective action. Join us as we give you the tools to staff and effectively manage your work force. VDSB11152017STAFF

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Starting a Law Practice: And So the Adventure Begins

7.0 hours CLE credit (includes 4.3 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
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. VDSB01242017START

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Superior Court Mediation Training at the DSBA - A 6-Hour Refresher Seminar 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
*** PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SEMINAR IS NOW CLOSED. IT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. *** Being an effective mediator means being an effective communicator. Did you know that an effective communicator asks three times as many questions as an average communicator? Based on observational research, an effective mediator searches for common ground twice as much as an average mediator. Effective communication skills of a mediator promote an excellent mediation process and mediation agreements. This seminar will assist mediators to comply with Superior Court's administrative directive requiring mediators hone their skills every seven years. Anyone who has already received the initial training either with the Court or through the DSBA may take this course to renew their certification with the Court. VDSB11282017SUPER

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Supreme Court Review 2017: A Discussion of Decisions at the Highest State and Federal Judicial Levels

3.3 hours CLE credit
This annual CLE features a review of the U.S. Supreme Court and Delaware Supreme Court decisions in the past year and those upcoming cases which might affect the law. Practitioners will discuss corporate, criminal and family law cases from 2016 and 2017. Additionally, attendees will participate as Supreme Court Justices in a Moot Court Argument of the impending Supreme Court argument on President Trump’s Executive Order Restricting Immigration. Attendees will question the advocates for each side, both played by Dean Rod Smolla, and then deliberate and decide the outcome of the litigation. The case poses profound questions regarding Separation of Powers, Deference to the Executive on Matters Involving Foreign Policy and National Security, the Religion Clauses, and Due Process of Law. Vdsb09292017supre

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The Elephant in the Room: The Positive (and Negative) Ways to Manage Lawyer Stress

5.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Over the last decades, the issue of mental illness, as well as physical fitness, in the legal profession worldwide has gained increasing attention. There is a growing awareness in different areas and branches of the profession of the significance of well-being and fitness to practice law. Experts will discuss problems and solutions within the legal profession. Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Walsh, Ph.D., LPCMH, will acquaint attendees with research in stress management as it relates to burnout and impairment. The typical signs and symptoms of burnout and impairment will be described. Mindfulness skills will be taught experientially and attendees will have access to mindfulness training tools that can be used to develop strong defenses against professional/executive stress and foster empowerment habits. VDSB03082017THE_E

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The First Amendment and Lawyer Advertising and Marketing 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Since the landmark 1977 Supreme Court decision in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, the law governing ethical regulation of lawyer advertising and marketing has been an amalgam of state bar regulation, often informed by the ABA Model Rules, and evolving First Amendment doctrines governing commercial speech. Since Bates, the Supreme Court has decided over 30 commercial speech cases, including a large number of cases involving lawyer advertising and advertising in other professions. In addition, an emerging and related body of First Amendment law, the “professional speech doctrine,” now often intersects with regulation of more traditional forms of lawyer advertising and marketing. Changes in marketing brought on by the Internet and Social Media have added yet more complexity to the mix. This CLE program will examine regulation of lawyer advertising and marketing in Delaware and across the nation, against the backdrop of judicial decisions testing the limits of regulatory power against evolving First Amendment commercial speech doctrines.VDSB09122017THE_F

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The Nuts, Bolts, and Hard Drives of Trial

6.8 hours CLE credit (includes 2.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
This CLE Seminar illustrates proven trial methods for a full learning experience, which exposes participants to different approaches and ideas in solving common trial issues. Topics include opening and closing statements, cross-examination of witnesses, trial ethics, discovery, ESI and dealing with the Court. The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invitation only organization of trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honor and courtesy. Members of the Delaware chapter include Myron T. Steele, Esquire, former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court; Robert B. Young, Esquire, Former Judge, Delaware Superior Court; and The Honorable Sherry R. Fallon, U.S. Magistrate, United States District Court.VDSB12072017THE_N

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Treasure Islands: Demystifying Litigation and Asset Recovery in the Offshore World

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB02282017TREAS

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What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Annual Reviews

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is second in the series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar takes you step by step through the process of firm annual reviews, a process which can be daunting to the new attorney and something which may be vital to the attorney’s future with the firm. Other seminars in the series included “…Depositions” held on December 7, 2016 and “…Oral Argument” to be held on March 2, 2017. VDSB01052017WHAT_

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What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Oral Argument

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is third in the series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a well-regarded collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar offers insight from a practitioner and judge on the art of making your argument translate from paper to podium. Previous seminars in the series included “What I Wish…Depositions” held on December 7, 2016 and “What I Wish…Annual Reviews” held on January 5, 2017 and are available to view on video through the DSBA.VDSB03022017WHAT_

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Workers' Compensation 2017

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This annual comprehensive seminar on Workers' Compensation issues features the following program highlights: Address from the Industrial Accident Board; Documenting the Undocumented Worker; Take Two and Call Me in the Morning - Prescription Claims; The Dearly Departed - Delaware's Death Benefit Statute; Keynote Address - the Art of Trial Advocacy; 2016-7 Case Law Review; Daubert, Motions in Limine and "Junk Science"; The Doctor Got it Wrong - Medical Opinion Mishaps; Head Cases: Medical Treatment Protocols for Concussion; Ethics of Trial Advocacy VDSB05022017WORKE

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Workers' Compensation Breakfast Seminar 2017

3.3 hours CLE credit
This seminar offers a chance to discuss the issues which affect workers' comp practitioners. Keynote address delivered by the Honorable Robert B. Young of the Superior Court. Topics for this year: Subrogation-who pays and when; Nally and Successive Carrier Liability; and Case Law and Regulatory Update. VDSB01182017WORKE

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DSBA videos of pre-recorded CLE seminars are available for viewing for CLE credit at the Delaware State Bar Association offices, at 405 N. King St., Wilmington, DE 19801. These videos are not available for Pennsylvania CLE credit.

To schedule a viewing at the DSBA, please call our offices at (302) 658-5279.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Series of Three 1.0 Hour Seminars in June. (6/8/16, 6/22/16, 6/29/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
ONE SEMINAR LEFT! JUNE 29: Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration -- Previous seminars in this series: June 8: Ethics in ADR. June 22: Participant-Oriented Mediation for Family Court, Adult Guardianships, Elder Mediation. June 29: Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration. dsb06082016Alter

Best Practices for Pro Bono Programs at Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments

1.5 hours CLE credit
The term “pro bono” means “for the public good.” But for lawyers, this is more than just volunteerism; it is a means to give of one’s legal skills to benefit both the community and the profession. This seminar will instruct attendees in the best practices of how to partner with clients and other law firms, discuss economic considerations, and will tap into the genuine motivation to better the world in which we practice. There will be discussions about special challenges facing those who practice in smaller firms, Kent and Sussex Counties, and the Department of Justice. This course is for all lawyers, whether in practice by themselves or as part of a firm or corporation and will provide basic instruction as to how to become a part of the Delaware legal community’s tradition of giving back. VDSB10122016BEST_

Current Issues and Dilemmas: What's New and What's News at Bench and Bar Conference 2016 (recorded on 6/17/16)

9.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
A lively discussion regarding current ethical dilemmas facing our practitioners and courts. What’s New and What’s News? In addition to the plenary CLE session, for the first time, attendees have five breakout sessions from which to choose, composed of members of our Bench and Bar. The video contains the plenary session and all five breakout sessions. You may watch one or all of these. dsb06172016Bench

Environmental Law 2016 (4/26/16)

4.0 hours CLE credit
DNREC Public Hearing Process; Clean Power Plant Update; Sustainable Practice(s) for Delaware Attorneys?; Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home; Brownfields/HSCA Update; Clean Water: A Delaware and Regional Primer. dsb04263016Envir

Family Law Update 2016

6.3 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This is the annual update from the Family Law Section of the DSBA. Topics include: Parental Alienation, Elder Law Issues, the State of the Court, Best Practices for School Choice Cases and FERPA, Conflict Issues. VDSB12162016FAMIL

Finance for Lawyers 2016 (3/22/16)

5.5 hours CLE credit
Having an understanding of the key elements of finance is important in helping your clients with their problems and in meeting their objectives and goals. This seminar will introduce you to the processes involved in creating those statements. Once you understand accounting principles, you’ll be able to understand a financial statement, formulate successful inquiries, and communicate effectively with clients, business and financial colleagues. Topics include: Foundations of Modern Accounting and the Basic Equation of Finance; Financial Statements; Accounting Methodologies and Principles; Who’s Who in Financial Reporting; Private Company Accounting; Key Numbers and Ratios; Present Value Concepts and Business Valuations; The Lawyer’s Role in Financial Audits; Basic Concepts of Financial Investment; Financial Fraud Scheme. There is a $50 royalty fee for this seminar. dsb03222016Finan

Fundamentals of Civil Litigation 2016 (5/12/16)

6.0 hours CLE credit
U.S. District Court Practice; Court of Common Pleas Practice; Court of Chancery Practice; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Practice; Delaware Supreme Court Practice; Delaware Superior Court Practice. dsb05122016Funda

Fundamentals of Family Law 2016 (Recorded on 1/29/16)

6.3 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Termination of Parental Rights/Dependency/Neglect; Protection from Abuse and Domestic Violence; Ethics and Family Law; Guardianship; Child Support; Custody and Visitation; Divorce and Ancillary Matters; Juvenile Justice; The Delaware Way dsb01292016Funda

Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations (Recorded on 2/24/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
What Is a Conflict of Interest?; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints; Working with the Difficult Client; Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee; The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; Your Client and Ethical Considerations in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Attorney Recordkeeping and Timekeeping; Fee Disputes: How to Avoid Them and How to Address Those That Arise; nternet, Social Media, and Acceptable Communications with/about Your Client; The Delaware Way. DSB02242016FUNDA

Is Delaware's Death Penalty Already Dead? A Review of Rauf v. State and the Delaware Statute

1.5 hours CLE credit
Panelists will chronicle the narrative of the Rauf v. State case in which the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state's death penalty statute is unconstitutional. Experienced defense lawyers Santino Ceccotti and Kevin O'Connell, former Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey, and former state Attorney General and current U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly, will join with moderator and former Superior Court judge Charles Toliver to discuss the ramifications of the Rauf decision, it's potential retroactive application, and its application to pending cases. DSB09072016IS_DE

Labor and Employment Law Update 2016 (3/23/16)

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.8 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
“My Employee is Pregnant: Why Am I the One Who is Anxious?”; Affordable Care Compliance Update; HIPPA Concerns for Contractors in the Workplace; Spoliation/Litigation Holds; “Can We Talk?” – Old and New Ethical Pitfalls in Communicating with Employee Witnesses; Federal and State Legislative Updates. dsb03232016Labor

Lawyers and Wellbeing in New Castle County (Recorded on 1/12/16, 1/19/16, 1/26/16, 2/2/16)

4.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
A series of four workshops. Attend all four or individually. 1/12/16: An overview of wellbeing for judges and lawyers through organizational culture. Plus, tools to improve communication skills and understanding what is not being said.1/19/16: The Mindful Law Practice: Concepts, benefits and misconceptions (Mindful vs. Mindless). 1/26/16: SPIRE – The Five Dimensions of a Lawyer’s Best Self: Spiritual Wellbeing • Physical Wellbeing • Intellectual Wellbeing • Relational Wellbeing • Emotional Wellbeing. 2/2/16: Overcoming the fear of change: Turn change into transformation and reinvention. dsb01122016Lawye

Office and Trial Practice 2016

7.0 hours CLE credit (includes 3.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
The Office and Trial Practice Forum is an annual CLE offering focusing on practical and ethical topics which assist practitioners in the various duties of their firm or office. The featured speaker, Dean Strang, is a Wisconsin criminal attorney whose representation of accused murderer, Steven Avery, resulted in his client's conviction being overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mr. Strang's discussion of systemic injustice is accompanied by other discussions by distinguished speakers on the status of the death penalty in Delaware, professionalism, disability law, and authenticity in the workplace. DSB10282016OFFIC

Overview of Medicare Benefits for Chronic or Extended Healthcare and  Introduction to Long-Term Care Medicaid (6/9/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit
Overview of Medicare Benefits for Chronic or Extended Healthcare: This presentation focuses on benefits that relate to long-term or chronic illness. It will include a brief background discussion of the structure of Medicare benefits followed by a more in-depth review of requirements to qualify for and specific services offered under: 1) Inpatient Hospital Care, 2) Skilled Nursing Facility Care; 3) Home Health Care (including Home Health Aid services) and 4) Hospice Care. The goals are to provide background and also to provide resources that enable the practitioner to do further research on any questions that may arise. Introduction to Long-Term Care Medicaid: This is an introduction to asset preservation in the context of public benefits, particularly long-term care Medicaid. Working and middle-class consumers cannot afford the costs of long term care, which include, nursing homes, assisted living and in home care. Although most Americans will suffer some period of disability during their lifetime, the most common plan for paying for long term care is to spend until broke and then go on Medicaid. We will explore long-term care Medicaid basics and some concepts to protect assets while preserving benefit eligibility. dsb06092016Overv

Panama Papers, Tom Brady, and The Good Wife, Oh My! - Recent Developments in Data Security and E-Discovery

3.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This seminar focuses on data security, e-discovery and ethics, approaching the subjects with three expert panels. The first panel will look at the Panama Papers, ransomware, and other hacks into our daily computer-driven lives. The second will discuss Inflate-gate, destruction of emails and cloud storage chaos, among other technological disasters. Finally, the third panel will examine the ethical implications related to all the nanobytes of data that make up a legal case by evaluating what your favorite TV lawyers have encountered. Each panel will discuss the litigation and legislation which has evolved in these areas. VDSB11092016PANAM

Physical and Cognitive Disabilities Under the ADA

3.0 hours CLE credit
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been the law for over a quarter of a century. Most employers and their lawyers are familiar with the basics of the requirements of the law and the necessary accommodations, but as we gain greater understanding of mental diseases and cognitive deficiencies, the ADA takes on complexity which this seminar will address. VDSB12082016PHYSI

Public Speaking for Lawyers (Recorded 9/20/16)

3.0 hours CLE credit
One of the most important skills for lawyers is the ability to speak in public, whether it be a before a forum of hundreds or a conference room with only a handful of people present. It is expected that you, as an attorney, have the gift of rising from your seat and providing concise and relevant remarks. Such occasions arise in both your professional and personal lives. This course will provide you with the tools to conquer any public speaking environment, including firm presentations, large audience addresses, toasts and eulogies. Even if you never had the desire to become a trial lawyer, you still have occasions when you’re called upon to provide remarks and this course will prepare you for such events. Watch John E. Savoth, Esquire, past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and adjunct professor of public speaking at Widener University Delaware Law School as he teaches you how to prepare for your audience, practice your words, and control your body and voice to become a more effective speaker.

Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional and Litigation Perspectives (5/18/16)

4.0 hours CLE credit
Transactional Panel: Effective Drafting and Structuring in 2016--How to Avoid Problems     Careful drafting prevents problems. The panel will share recent guidance provided by the Delaware Courts to help insure agreements are drafted with provisions that accurately reflect the terms negotiated. In addition, the panel will address the impact of the new amendments to the DGCL and share lessons learned when structuring transactions to take advantage of DGCL amendments adopted in 2014 and 2015. Current issues that impact how a transaction is structured will also be shared. Litigation Panel: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Delaware and Getting the Settlement to Judgment. This panel will address recent developments in Delaware relating to the resolution of business disputes and representative litigation. Among the topics to be addressed are: the who, what, when, where and why of the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (“DRAA”), mediation in the Court of Chancery and developments in the settlement of representative litigation including guidance concerning disclosure-only settlements and the proper scope of releases. The panel will address practical and strategic concerns in considering and pursuing alternative paths to resolving business disputes, and incorporates the perspective of Vice Chancellor Slights, who has resolved business disputes as a judge, an arbitrator and a mediator. dsb05182016Recen




Revlon at 30: Is There Still Poison in the Pill?

3.0 hours CLE credit
For the past 30 years, every law student studying Corporations has learned about Delaware’s imposition of Revlon duties, which refers to the fiduciary duties of directors to the shareholders during a hostile takeover of a corporation. A distinguished panel looks back on the Revlon v. MacAndrews case and puts it in context to corporation law in 1986 and considers whether Revlon remains as relevant today as it was the Delaware Supreme Court first issued this landmark decision. Attendees will hear from several prominent corporate attorneys, as well as a leading academic on corporation law. Andrew G.T. Moore, the former Delaware Supreme Court Justice who wrote this notable opinion, will be joined by two attorneys (one appellant, one appellee) who argued before him thirty years ago. VDSB10202016REVLO

Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism (Recorded on 2/5/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 4.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Ethics Update:Developments in the Law of Professional Responsibility; Navigating the Choppy Waters of Social Media: A Lawyer’s Guide; Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Law; Writing Briefs that Assist the Court and Win the Case; Ethics in Transactional Practice; Regulation of Professionals in a Post-Bradley World; Effective and Ethical Mediation Techniques. dsb02052016Ruben

Rules of the Road: A Lawyer's Guide to DUI/DWI (New Castle County)

3.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This seminar will cover the basics of handling a DUI or DWI case, including interviewing the client, discovery, motions and trial. Learn from an attorney who has extensive experience and can provide real world narratives about this practice of law.  Whether you practice in a small or large firm, are new to this area of law or simply need a refresher to catch up on new procedures, this seminar is for you.DSB09142016RULES

Serving Those Who Serve

3.0 hours CLE credit
Our men and women in uniform protect the interests of the community and the nation in an ever-increasing dangerous world. This seminar seeks to educate those who represent members of the armed forces and National Guard in the areas of law which affect their clients the most and provides them with concrete plans for effective representation of veterans in multiple areas of law. Attendees will learn about global health issues; insurance and benefits; suicide, addiction and other personal crises; Veteran’s Court; and pro bono opportunities, as well. VDSB11102016SERVI

Short Topics in Real Estate 2016 (4/19/16)

3.8 hours CLE credit (includes 0.8 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Delaware Case Law; Environmental Law Update; Ethics Update (Cyber Risks); Delaware Property Rights Case Law Update; Update on the CFPB and the Closing Disclosure. dsb04292016Short

Silent Trusts: What You Need to Know About the 2015 Notice Act (Recorded on 2/10/16)

1.5 hours CLE credit
Delaware has long permitted the creator of a trust to keep the existence of that trust a secret from beneficiaries “for a period of time” – a valuable feature for grantors seeking to benefit descendants without spoiling them through the promise of wealth, but a potential minefield for trustees.  We now have additional statutory guidance regarding these so-called “silent trusts,” as well as new tools for managing the interests of screened-off beneficiaries. Whether you draft trusts, advise trustees, or are simply interested in learning more, please join us for a lively discussion of the new law, trustee best practices, drafting tips and real world scenarios.  DSB02102016SILEN

Supreme Court Review 2016: A Discussion of Decisions at the Highest State and Federal Judicial Levels (Recorded 09/30/2016)

3.3 hours CLE credit
Distinguished panelists led by moderator, Justice Karen L. Valihura, discuss the past year's Delaware Supreme Court decisions, as well as relevant U.S. Supreme Court opinions. In addition, they will preview cases and issues likely to be decided in the upcoming year.

Teddy Roosevelt for President 2016

3.0 hours CLE credit
This election year more than ever, the people are clamoring for an alternative to the two main party candidates, with mutterings of a third party alternative and a pining for the good old days of the past. Enter, Teddy Roosevelt, powerful and popular former president and father of the Progressive Party, offering us all an alternative to the drudgery of today’s political climate. DSBA is proud to present President Roosevelt to provide you with wit, wisdom and insight on the laws he implemented during his two administrations, from breaking up the big corporations to protecting the environment to protections for consumers and the working class. Do these issues sound familiar? Join actor and historian Peyton Dixon and U.S. Constitution scholar Donald Scarinci, Esquire as they bring you a lively discussion about Theodore Roosevelt, the laws enacted during his terms, and their relevance to today’s issues and problems.DSB10182016TEDDY

This Land is Whose Land? Can the Government Really Do That?

2.0 hours CLE credit
Government interests and personal property interests sometimes find themselves in conflict. This seminar expertly manages the intricate constitutional and statutory rules and regulations which affect the rights of government and property owners and delves into the types of ways that property may be taken, as well as the defenses and damages related to these claims. VDSB11292016THIS_

® ™ (Trademark Basics)

1.5 hours CLE credit
This seminar discusses the importance of selecting a strong trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protected, but that is also usable and practical. The speaker will highlight issues to consider when choosing a mark such as avoiding an established trademark or potentially confusing marks. This seminar will also instruct attendees as to the importance of doing a thorough search and the potential grounds for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse a registration. Further discussion will include topics such as potential trademark infringement litigation and avoiding scams from disreputable trademark service companies.VDSB09212016TRADE

What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Depositions

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is one in the brown bag lunch series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar takes you step by step through the deposition process and alerts you to potential pitfalls and mistakes made by many newer attorneys. The second in this series will be What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Annual Reviews which will take place on Jan. 4, 2017 and the third in this series will be What I Wish I Learned in Law School About Oral Arguments which will be on March 1. VDSB12072016WHAT_

When the Court Calls (4/28/16)

3.5 hours CLE credit (includes 2.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Understanding the Mechanics of Court Appointments; Legal Proceedings, Discovery and the Appointed Client; Taking Positions Recommended by the Client: The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; The Appointee’s Ethical Obligations and Ethical Pitfalls of Court Appointments; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints . Dsb04282016When_

When the Injury is Personal

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Learn the ins and outs of a personal injury case from some of the best civil litigators who will walk you through civil procedure, medical records, insurance issues, expert examinations, and damages. The distinguished panel will focus on relevant case law, legislation, and practical tips for bringing and defending these claims. Be prepared to diligently take notes on a variety of important topics such as products liability recalls, settlement procedures, lost wages, admissibility and confidentiality of medical records, Daubert motions, excess claims, determining coverage and so much more. VDSB12132016WHEN_

Workers' Compensation 2016 (5/4/16)

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Address from the Industrial Accident Board; Cultural and Socioeconomic Issues in Client Counseling; Perception is Everything: Gleaning the Claimant without Discovery; Interplay Between SSDI and Workers' Compensation; Keynote Address "The Art of Appellate Advocacy” by The Honorable Kent A. Jordan; Case Law & Utilization Review Roundup; Creativity in Commutations; Causation and the Unusual Diagnosis; Winning the Battle, Losing the War: The Self-Limiting Injury; Ethics of Disclosure. dsb05042016Worke

Appraisal: Before and After 2017

4.0 hours CLE credit
The law surrounding appraisal rights continues to develop in Delaware. Recent developments affect the merger process from the inception of any merger negotiation through an appraisal trial. Among other issues is concern for the sale process itself as the nature and quality of that process will affect the prospects that the court will rely on the merger price as the most reliable indicator of fair value. Boards must be attentive therefore to director and financial advisor conflicts and the manner in which bids are solicited and considered. Clients are arguably best served if transactional and litigation attorneys collaborate before any negotiations begin. A panel of seasoned professionals will identify how recent developments in the case law affect best practices for transactional and litigation attorneys in merger transactions where appraisal is a right and a potential remedy.VDSB05172017APPRA

Arbitration Training and Certification 2017

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
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 next specialty arbitration courses are Commercial Law Arbitration on March 7, 2017, and Personal Injury Arbitration on April 6, 2017.VDSB02082017ARBIT

Arbitration Training and Certification in Commercial Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB03072017ARBIT

Arbitration Training and Certification in Employment and Labor Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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 have been held within the past year on Commercial Law Arbitration (March 7, 2017) and Personal Injury Arbitration (April 6, 2017). Plans are in the works for training in Probate and Estates and Family Law.VDSB06212017ARBIT

Arbitration Training and Certification in Personal Injury Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. Vdsb04062017arbit

Bench and Bar 2017 - The Citizen Lawyer: Exploring the Ever-Changing Role of the Lawyer in Society

8.5 hours CLE credit
CLE Programs include: 8:30 AM -10:00 AM Group -- a) So Called Judges? The Parameter of Free Speech in Criticizing Courts and Their Decisions and the Lawyer's Role in the Process; b) Confessions and Interrogations in Criminal Cases; c) The Ever-Changing Face of the American Family and Its Effect on Delaware Family Law. 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Group -- a) Beyond the Courthouse - The Lawyer as a Citizen in Service to the Community; b) What Judges Do Well and What They Can Do Better in Helping Litigators Litigate; c) The Camera Doesn't Lie...or Does It? A Discussion on the Legal, Evidentiary, and Ethical Impact of Body Cameras and Other Devices.

Beyond Brock Turner: Campus Sexual Assault and the Law 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
Unfounded gang rape allegations reported by Rolling Stone at the University of Virginia. Former Stanford University swimmer sentenced to only 6 months in prison after a rape conviction. Former Vanderbilt University football player convicted of raping a fellow student, with three others, and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Each of these situations has brought public focus to incidents of sexual assault on college campuses and the challenges faced by colleges and universities and the criminal justice system when addressing such assaults. The publicity and fallout arising from these incidents create special challenges for universities and the criminal justice system alike. The panelists in this seminar will discuss laws, regulations and other guidance documents that instruct colleges on how to address sexual assault cases; recent cases involving campus sexual assaults; the special challenges faced by institutions when handling such cases; and why the federal government has looked to colleges and universities to pursue sexual assault cases involving students. In addition, the panelists will look at the challenges with sentencing students convicted of rape. VDSB09202017BEYON

Business and Tax Considerations for Solo Practitioners and Small Law Firms

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB02092017BUSIN

Business Divorce 101

3.0 hours CLE credit
Sometimes your client’s best-laid business plans go astray. This seminar will help you learn the necessary steps to help effectuate a business divorce, whether it is through dissolution of a corporation or another entity, a squeeze-out merger, a reverse stock split or litigation. You will be instructed on how to take control of assets and operations and how to sell the entity, and will learn how to prove and defend damage claims related to business divorce. VDSB01192017BUSIN

Celebrating the Clover; Getting Pulled Over

2.0 hours CLE credit
Unfortunately, certain holidays often result in higher rates of DUI arrests. Here’s a timely CLE to discuss the ins and outs of DUI law, court procedures from Superior Court, Family Court, CCP, JP Courts, and Alderman Courts, as well as case law, the first offender election, and ignition interlock devices. VDSB03162017CELEB

Delaware Corporate Law Anniversary Symposium 2017

9.5 hours CLE credit
Celebrating the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Delaware Court of Chancery Constitution of 1792 Adopted June 12, 1792; The 50th anniversary of the 1967 general revision of the Delaware General Corporation Law July 3, 1967; The 25th anniversary of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act July 22, 1992. VDSB09262017delaw

Engagement Letter, Fee Agreement, Retainer, and Legal Research Agreement, Oh My!

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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.VDSB02162017ENGAG

Environmental Law 2017

3.0 hours CLE credit
This seminar will involve instruction on environmental considerations in the residential development process, environmental-related financial assurance requirements, and law and policy actions under the new administration. There will also be an update on Delaware environmental law and regulations and a keynote address from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.VDSB06152017ENVIR

Family Feud: What You Need to Know about Bankruptcy & Family Law Issues

1.5 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
The union of family law issues and bankruptcy can bring about the most turbulent clashes. This seminar will help you understand Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and will provide tips for unwary domestic relations practitioners when their clients or their adversaries have financial problems. The speaker, Eric Doroshow, has represented consumers in Delaware for nearly 40 years and will provide ethical insights on representing both parties in a bankruptcy proceeding and other conflicts of interest, as well as representing clients in both family law and bankruptcy matters. VDSB10042017famil

Fundamentals of Civil Litigation 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
This course which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA focuses on civil litigation within all the Delaware Courts and discusses various aspects of the civil case from the filing of the complaint to the filing of an appeal. DSB06012017FUNDA

Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This fundamentals course is part of the required courses for new admittees to the Delaware Bar. Follow a criminal case from indictment to appeal, hearing from experienced attorneys in criminal matters. Topics will include pre-trial practice, trial practice, opening and closing arguments, sentencing, presentence investigations,mitigation, post-trial motions, Rule 61 motions, ethical issues, and candor to the court.VDSB03152017FUNDA

Fundamentals of Family Law 2017

6.3 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the challenges and rewards of helping clients navigate through the various facets of family law. A comprehensive curriculum looks at the assessments lawyers must make in dealing with their clients, in working within the rules of ethics, and discussions of special topics of interest to family law practitioners such as custody and child support issues. Topics include: Termination of Parental Rights/Dependency/Neglect; Protection from Abuse and Domestic Violence; Ethics and Family Law; Guardianship; Child Support; Custody and Visitation; Divorce and Ancillary Matters; Juvenile Justice; The Delaware Way. VDSB10312017funda

Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the inner-workings of a law office and best practices for starting and maintaining a law practice, including the use of technology to further the mission of the lawyer/client relationship. Panelists will discuss Law Office Practice, Lawyer-Client Relations, Technology Issues, Avoiding a Disciplinary Complaint, Wellness and Life Balance. VDSB05102017FUNDA

Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations 2017

6.3 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This course, which is one of the seven Fundamentals courses offered by DSBA, focuses on the important relationship between lawyers and their clients. A comprehensive curriculum looks at the decisions lawyers must make in dealing with their clients, in working within the rules of ethics, and in seeking assistance when situations become difficult. Program Highlights: What is a Conflict of Interest; Avoiding Disciplinary Complaints; Working with the Difficult Client; Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee; The Bounds of Zealous Advocacy; Your Client and Ethical Considerations in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Fee Disputes: How to Avoid Them and How to Address Those That Arise; The Delaware Way

Fundamentals of Real Estate 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
NEW CASTLE COUNTY REGISTRATION IS FULL; IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE SELECT DOVER OR GEORGETOWN VENUES -- 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. VDSB02152017FUNDA

Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
This course is one of the seven Fundamentals courses which new bar members must take to comply with their Continuing Legal Education Commission requirements. Attendees will learn from experienced practitioners about the basics of estate planning and estate administration. This engaging and interactive program is designed to equip those new to the practice area with the tools needed to succeed, and is full of practical tips. You will even get to see mock client interviews to demonstrate the sorts of things you will need to know to practice in this area.VDSB04182017FUNDA

Game of Drones, Autonomous Vehicles and Other Connected Devices

2.0 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
A panel of experts explores the brave new world of “thinking” machines and its implications on ethics, criminal law, civil litigation, hacking and privacy. The first segment, “Game of Drones, A Song of Eyes and Fear” looks at drone technology, risk management, authorization for use of drones for governmental bodies, and the emerging legal issues resulting from use of drones. The second segment, "Cell Phones and Social Media Evidentiary Issues" looks at the implications of cell phones and social media. “License, Registration and Software Update History,” focuses on autonomous (self-driving) cars and their impact on the legal profession, whether it be the reduction of insurance claims, or the increase of potential litigation. “My Refrigerator Stole My Identity” focuses on the increasing number of home appliances and gadgets which store personal information and can be vulnerable to cybersecurity issues. Panelists will also look at litigation issues related to such hacks. Finally, "What the Camera Sees" will explore the evidentiary issues related to body cameras, ATMs, automobiles, etc. VDSB04122017GAME_

Identifying Witness Deception

1.5 hours CLE credit
Lying – in some form or fashion – occurs in nearly every conversation. We would be naive to think it doesn’t happen during a deposition or other settings. This session will provide a plain-English summary of the latest research on lie detection, to include: the most reliable verbal and nonverbal signs; the importance of emotions; understanding cultural differences; identifying micro-expressions; and dispelling the common lie detection myths. Attendees will learn how to structure deposition questions in a way to detect deception, watch “real world” video examples of people who were later found to be lying, and leave the seminar with a silver bullet question that can be used to detect deception in ANY situation. VDSB04262017IDENT

Labor and Employment Update 2017

4.8 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Evidentiary and Trial Practice in Employment Litigation; The Intersection Among the Americans With Disabilities Act as Amended, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and their Delaware State Corollaries; Hostile Work Environments and Constructive Discharge Thresholds; E-Discovery and Employment Litigation; Employment and Labor Ethics Update; Federal and State Legislative and Case Law Updates VDSB03282017LABOR 215

Microsoft Excel for Lawyers

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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.VDSB02022017micro

Money Stuffed Under the Mattress: A Discussion with the Principals of Sealy Mattress vs. Sealy 2017

3.0 hours CLE credit
Part of the “Anniversary Series” – a look back at great Corporate cases in Delaware history. It was a case of unfair dealing and undervalued stock. Join the plaintiff’s attorneys who fought for and won an injunction against directors who undervalued the Sealy stock as they attempted to buy out minority Delaware shareholders for a merger with an out-of-state corporation and hear from the defense attorneys who fought on behalf of the directors. An all-star panel, including former Justice Jack B. Jacobs (then, the Vice-Chancellor who granted the injunction) as they step you through the facts of Sealy Mattress vs. Sealy, Inc. 532 A.2d 1324 (1987) and concentrate on the issues of directors’ duty of fairness and valuation of stock, as well as remedies. It is an oft-cited case which has stood its ground for three decades.VDSB05232017MONEY

Office and Trial Practice 2017

3.3 hours CLE credit (includes 2.3 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of the Break-in at the DNC Headquarters (June 17, 1972), and a Look at Watergate and its Legal Implications. This seminar will have as its keynote, retired FBI agent Angelo Lano, the Delaware agent who headed the burglary investigation and uncovered evidence which ultimately brought down the President of the United States. Other speakers will touch on the lessons we have learned from Watergate such as: When is it acceptable to record someone in Delaware? To whom is the responsibility owed when representing a corporate entity? What is the Delaware Whistleblowers' Protection Act.VDSB10132017OFFIC

Quickbooks for Lawyers 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
This CLE seminar offers step-by-step instruction in using QuickBooks™ in the law office, especially in keeping with the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Taught by Renee Villano, CPA, from Albero, Kupferman & Associates, LLC, a pre-certification provider approved by the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, this seminar is for lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, office managers, and anyone who handles a lawyers' books and needs to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct.VDSB10172017quick

Reflections on Dr. King - MLK Breakfast Seminar

1.0 hour CLE credit
As part of the annual MLK Breakfast, there will be a one hour seminar included in the price of your admission. Come listen to Dr. Clarence B. Jones, advisor and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to sign up for the breakfast, you must RSVP by Jan. 9, 2017 by registering online via the link on the DSBA homepage. VDSB01162017REFLE

Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism 2017

6.5 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
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. VDSB02102017RUBEN

Selected Topics in Government and Consumer Law 2017

6.8 hours CLE credit (includes 1.5 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
Program Highlights: Issues in Consumer Law and Credit - Pardons and Expungement of Criminal Arrests and Convictions; Identity Theft, Data Breaches, and the Emerging World of Fintech- Delaware DOJ Consumer Protection Unit; Selected Issues at the Intersection of Government and Employment Law; Guest Speaker: The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court; Non-Profit Sector Plays a Key Role in Access to Justice; Recent Developments in Land Banks & Redevelopment; Recent Developments in Election Laws. VDSB11022017SELEC

Short Topics in Real Estate 2017

3.8 hours CLE credit (includes 0.5 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
Hear from experienced real estate attorneys on current trends in environmental law, property rights and title insurance claims, as well as an update on the newest Delaware cases affecting real estate law and an ethics update. Sessions include: Delaware Case Law Update; Environmental Law Update; Current Trends in Ethics; Delaware Property Rights Case Law Update; Current Trends in Title Insurance Claims. After the seminar, enjoy a social gathering at Cocina Lolo. VDSB04192017SHORT

Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Conference 2017

5.0 hours CLE credit (includes 3.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
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. VDSB03242017SMALL

Staffing Your Law Practice 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit
Selecting the right employees for your law practice can not only be a challenge, but a laborious task. With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to find the perfect person for the position and then guide them to become a successful staff member. This information-packed seminar will cover such topics as: best hiring practices, employer obligations, compensation, and corrective action. Join us as we give you the tools to staff and effectively manage your work force. VDSB11152017STAFF

Starting a Law Practice: And So the Adventure Begins

7.0 hours CLE credit (includes 4.3 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
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. VDSB01242017START

Superior Court Mediation Training at the DSBA - A 6-Hour Refresher Seminar 2017

6.0 hours CLE credit
*** PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SEMINAR IS NOW CLOSED. IT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. *** Being an effective mediator means being an effective communicator. Did you know that an effective communicator asks three times as many questions as an average communicator? Based on observational research, an effective mediator searches for common ground twice as much as an average mediator. Effective communication skills of a mediator promote an excellent mediation process and mediation agreements. This seminar will assist mediators to comply with Superior Court's administrative directive requiring mediators hone their skills every seven years. Anyone who has already received the initial training either with the Court or through the DSBA may take this course to renew their certification with the Court. VDSB11282017SUPER

Supreme Court Review 2017: A Discussion of Decisions at the Highest State and Federal Judicial Levels

3.3 hours CLE credit
This annual CLE features a review of the U.S. Supreme Court and Delaware Supreme Court decisions in the past year and those upcoming cases which might affect the law. Practitioners will discuss corporate, criminal and family law cases from 2016 and 2017. Additionally, attendees will participate as Supreme Court Justices in a Moot Court Argument of the impending Supreme Court argument on President Trump’s Executive Order Restricting Immigration. Attendees will question the advocates for each side, both played by Dean Rod Smolla, and then deliberate and decide the outcome of the litigation. The case poses profound questions regarding Separation of Powers, Deference to the Executive on Matters Involving Foreign Policy and National Security, the Religion Clauses, and Due Process of Law. Vdsb09292017supre

The Elephant in the Room: The Positive (and Negative) Ways to Manage Lawyer Stress

5.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Over the last decades, the issue of mental illness, as well as physical fitness, in the legal profession worldwide has gained increasing attention. There is a growing awareness in different areas and branches of the profession of the significance of well-being and fitness to practice law. Experts will discuss problems and solutions within the legal profession. Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Walsh, Ph.D., LPCMH, will acquaint attendees with research in stress management as it relates to burnout and impairment. The typical signs and symptoms of burnout and impairment will be described. Mindfulness skills will be taught experientially and attendees will have access to mindfulness training tools that can be used to develop strong defenses against professional/executive stress and foster empowerment habits. VDSB03082017THE_E

The First Amendment and Lawyer Advertising and Marketing 2017

2.0 hours CLE credit in Enhanced Ethics
Since the landmark 1977 Supreme Court decision in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, the law governing ethical regulation of lawyer advertising and marketing has been an amalgam of state bar regulation, often informed by the ABA Model Rules, and evolving First Amendment doctrines governing commercial speech. Since Bates, the Supreme Court has decided over 30 commercial speech cases, including a large number of cases involving lawyer advertising and advertising in other professions. In addition, an emerging and related body of First Amendment law, the “professional speech doctrine,” now often intersects with regulation of more traditional forms of lawyer advertising and marketing. Changes in marketing brought on by the Internet and Social Media have added yet more complexity to the mix. This CLE program will examine regulation of lawyer advertising and marketing in Delaware and across the nation, against the backdrop of judicial decisions testing the limits of regulatory power against evolving First Amendment commercial speech doctrines.VDSB09122017THE_F

The Nuts, Bolts, and Hard Drives of Trial

6.8 hours CLE credit (includes 2.0 hours Enhanced Ethics credit)
This CLE Seminar illustrates proven trial methods for a full learning experience, which exposes participants to different approaches and ideas in solving common trial issues. Topics include opening and closing statements, cross-examination of witnesses, trial ethics, discovery, ESI and dealing with the Court. The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invitation only organization of trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honor and courtesy. Members of the Delaware chapter include Myron T. Steele, Esquire, former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court; Robert B. Young, Esquire, Former Judge, Delaware Superior Court; and The Honorable Sherry R. Fallon, U.S. Magistrate, United States District Court.VDSB12072017THE_N

Treasure Islands: Demystifying Litigation and Asset Recovery in the Offshore World

2.0 hours CLE credit
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. VDSB02282017TREAS

What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Annual Reviews

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is second in the series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar takes you step by step through the process of firm annual reviews, a process which can be daunting to the new attorney and something which may be vital to the attorney’s future with the firm. Other seminars in the series included “…Depositions” held on December 7, 2016 and “…Oral Argument” to be held on March 2, 2017. VDSB01052017WHAT_

What I Wish I Learned in Law School About...Oral Argument

1.0 hour CLE credit
This seminar is third in the series, “What I Wish I Learned in Law School About…” a well-regarded collection of seminars discussing topics which most young lawyers find vexing when they first start out. This particular seminar offers insight from a practitioner and judge on the art of making your argument translate from paper to podium. Previous seminars in the series included “What I Wish…Depositions” held on December 7, 2016 and “What I Wish…Annual Reviews” held on January 5, 2017 and are available to view on video through the DSBA.VDSB03022017WHAT_

Workers' Compensation 2017

6.5 hours CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour Enhanced Ethics credit)
This annual comprehensive seminar on Workers' Compensation issues features the following program highlights: Address from the Industrial Accident Board; Documenting the Undocumented Worker; Take Two and Call Me in the Morning - Prescription Claims; The Dearly Departed - Delaware's Death Benefit Statute; Keynote Address - the Art of Trial Advocacy; 2016-7 Case Law Review; Daubert, Motions in Limine and "Junk Science"; The Doctor Got it Wrong - Medical Opinion Mishaps; Head Cases: Medical Treatment Protocols for Concussion; Ethics of Trial Advocacy VDSB05022017WORKE

Workers' Compensation Breakfast Seminar 2017

3.3 hours CLE credit
This seminar offers a chance to discuss the issues which affect workers' comp practitioners. Keynote address delivered by the Honorable Robert B. Young of the Superior Court. Topics for this year: Subrogation-who pays and when; Nally and Successive Carrier Liability; and Case Law and Regulatory Update. VDSB01182017WORKE