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MoBar CLE Brought to you by MoBarCLE in Partnership with Periaktos Productions, L.L.C., the Dramatic difference in CLE Drama52 Years of Excellence Put some Into Your CLE With These Engaging Movie Webcasts Lincoln on Professionalism Wednesday, February 13, June 26, July 17 & Monday, December 30, 2013 Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom Wednesday, February 20, April 24, June 19, August 28, October 23, & December 18, 2013 The Art of Advocacy – What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors? Wednesday, February 27, July 24, October 9 & December 4, 2013 Ben Franklin on Ethics Wednesday, March 13, May 15, June 26, September 11, November 6 & Monday, December 30, 2013 Impeach Justice Douglas! Wednesday, March 27, June 12 & November 20, 2013 Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More Wednesday, April 10, June 5 & November 13, 2013 Thurgood Marshall’s Coming? Wednesday, May 29, July 10, September 25 & December 11, 2013
Lincoln on Professionalism 1.5 Total MCLE e 11:00 a.m. CT - February 13 & July 17, 2013 hours 12:15 p.m. CT - June 26 & December 30, 2013 (Double Header with Ben Franklin on Ethics) including Abraham Lincoln once said, “As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity 1.5 Ethics of being a good man [person]. There will still be business enough.” hours Does not qualify for Kansas CreditLincoln on Professionalism was created by the Atlanta Bar Association in partnership with the Chief Justice’s Commission onProfessionalism in Georgia in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The program presents ten vignettes thatcontain the writings of Abraham Lincoln to create a documentary-style program on professionalism. The exemplary qualities of personalhonor and legal professionalism that Lincoln demonstrated day in and day out in his law practice are presented in the slides, readings andcontemporary commentary that comprise the program. The vignettes provide comments and conclusions on the following in the practice oflaw …Lack of Vanity • Candor with the Court • Justice and Fairness • Candor to Opposing Counsel • Dignity and Civility •Courtesy and Goodwill • Brevity and Clarity • Candor to Client • Diligence • Conclusions for Modern Day LawyersThe vignettes are accompanied by a live Moderated Chat Room in which attendees can participate in discussion about how Lincoln’sstandards apply to ethics and professionalism in the legal profession of todayClarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom Wednesday, February 20, April 24, June 19, August 28, October 23 & December 18, 2013 Total 11:00 a.m. Central Time 3.6 MCLE e hours Featuring Graham Thatcher as Clarence Darrow including They called him “Attorney for the Damned” … and he was! 3.6 EthicsA master of the courtroom stage, who possessed an uncanny understanding of human character, hoursClarence Darrow was arguably the greatest trial lawyer of the twentieth century. He was an adamant Does not qualify for Kansas Creditopponent of capital punishment and a passionate proponent of civil and human rights. Often called the “Attorney for theDamned,” he fought for the underdog and took on criminal cases thought to be hopeless. Yet, while commanding respect asa trial lawyer, Darrow was often embroiled in bitter controversy for his unpopular stands on many issues, and criticized forhis purported unethical professional behavior. This spellbinding and realistic character portrait of Darrow portrays his deeplyheld beliefs and hard fought courtroom battles. Replete with humor, humanity and intense courtroom drama, the movieengages attendees in four of the great defense lawyer’s most famous cases between 1910 and 1928: Loeb and Leopold,Henry Sweet, the McNamara Brothers bombing of the LA Times Building and the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Using Darrow’s ownthoughts and courtroom summations, the movie explores timeless social, legal and ethical issues and provides a fresh andengaging tool to facilitate discussion of ethical behavior in and out of the courtroom.The movie will be followed by a filmed panel discussion and a live Moderated Chat Room discussion through whichattendees can generate further questions and discussion about ethical issues in legal practice. The Art of Advocacy – What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors? Wednesday, February 27, July 24, October 9 & December 4, 2013 Total 11:00 a.m. Central Time 4.0 MCLE Featuring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James hours Does not qualify for Kansas Credit Attorneys and actors share a common mission … to create a riveting drama that demands the listener’s attention and directs the listener’s point of view to convince him or her of the story’s desired outcome!Persuasion is the point of every word the actor and the lawyer speaks. A performance comes alive when the actor or lawyer connectsdeeply with an audience through a masterful command of evocative language, human emotion and skillful pacing … resulting in an ovationfor the actor … a decisive WIN for the attorney. Presented in three sessions – webcast attendees join a workshop that offers concretesolutions to courtroom “performance” and presentation challenges.SESSION I: Acting like a Human Being: Demeanor and Skills in Storytelling (Opening Statement and Closing Argument).Attendees learn the elements of storytelling, how to create and deliver “telegrams” (ten word messages from lawyer to juror) and exploreand use their own personal demeanors for sharing the client’s story in the courtroom.SESSION II: Actor/Playwright Meets Lawyer: Inflection, Orchestration and Meter (Closing Argument)Through written and performance exercises and observation, attendees learn meter and rhythm in language and the importance of the threeprimary delivery inflections … falling, rising and sustaining and how to apply them to closing argument.SESSION III: Directing the Trial: Skills in Questioning and Controlling Focus (Direct and Cross) In this portion of the program, theviewer learns how to not only control the focus of the jurors, but also how to control the witness in both direct and cross examination.Through watching the participants and watching through the eyes of the witness and the juror, the attorney learns what it feels like to be inthose places in the courtroom in order to get a greater understanding of how to control those who sit in those places. The rising inflection(the questioning inflection) is also briefly reviewed and viewers are able to observe additional examples.Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James will take questions and moderate the live Chat Room discussion.
Ben Franklin on Ethics Total 11:00 a.m. March 13, May 15, September 11 & November 6, 2013 1.2 MCLE hours 11:00 a.m. June 26 & December 30, 2013 (Double Header with Lincoln on Professionalism) Does not qualify for Kansas Credit Featuring Christopher Lowell Search others for their virtues. Search thyself for thy vices.Even in Ben Franklin’s time, the public held cynical views about lawyers. How can one be a better practitioner and helpnegate some of the lingering negative attitudes toward today’s lawyers? In this engaging and informative program, BenFranklin (who worked with more lawyers than most modern day practitioners) challenges today’s lawyers to expand theirown notion of ethics much as he, himself, did during his own life. Portrayed by Christopher Lowell, internationally acclaimedactor, historian, and Franklin scholar, Ben discusses the ethical issues he confronted and challenges attendees to put ethicalconsiderations at the heart of legal practice. Franklin speaks of the importance of ethical practices and the spirit of Pro BonoPublico as the underpinnings of a virtuous life. Topics include Ethics in Documentation, Ethics and Relationships, Ethics andFees, Ethics and Loyalty and the importance of Humility and Honesty.A live chat room discussion with a Moderator is available throughout the program. Impeach Justice Douglas! Total Wednesday, March 27, June 12 & November 20, 2013 3.6 MCLE e hours 11:00 a.m. Central Time including Featuring Graham Thatcher as Justice William O. Douglas 1.0 Ethics His passions were protection of the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech hour and the right of the individual to non-conformity and dissent! Does not qualify for Kansas CreditWhen William O. Douglas retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1975, he had served longer than any other justice in its history and had helpedto decide some of the most important cases in the history of the nation. Anecdote, humor and painful remembrances are used to explore some ofthe most explosive issues of William O. Douglas’ thirty-six year tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court. Douglas wrestles with balancing what he callsthe “wilderness mind” with the often-hostile adversarial conflicts created by his controversial opinions and his active public life. He addresses theissues about which he was most passionate as he reflects on Brown v. Board of Education, the “McCarthy Era” and the Vietnam War. William O.Douglas left a legacy that calls for vigilance to protect human rights and action to protect the earth’s environment. The movie explores that legacy,and provokes thought about our responsibilities, not only as lawyers, but also as citizens of the world.The movie will be followed by a filmed panel discussion and a live Moderated Chat Room in which attendees can participate in a discussionabout issues in the play as they relate to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Code of Judicial Conduct. Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More 2.7 Total MCLE e Wednesday, April 10, June 5 & November 13, 2013 hours 11:00 a.m. Central Time including Featuring Graham Thatcher as Sir Thomas More 2.7 Ethics In 1535 one lawyer chose personal conscience over public loyalty hours and so threatened those in power that they killed him! Does not qualify for Kansas CreditSome have called Sir Thomas More the first “modern man.” He was certainly the quintessential Renaissance man ... lawyer,statesman, philosopher, linguist, raconteur, Chancellor of England ... and author of one of the great books of westerncivilization, Utopia. Despite all that, King Henry VIII beheaded Sir Thomas More in 1535 for high treason. This dramatakes the audience into the last intensely intimate hour with Sir Thomas More just before his execution in 1535 for hightreason. Still wrestling with the moral dilemmas that led him to the block, he cracks jokes, makes up songs, takes jabs athis tormentors and eventually finds peace in his fate. An extraordinary one-man tour de force, the movie sparkles with wit,explores moral questions and provides keen insight into the universal human condition. The show explores conflicts betweenprivate conscience and public loyalty and ethical and moral decisions in legal practice.The movie will be followed by a filmed panel discussion and a live moderated Chat Room discussion, through whichattendees can generate questions and discussion about ethical issues in legal practice. Thurgood Marshall’s Coming! 3.0 Total MCLE e Wednesday, May 29, July 10, September 25 & December 11, 2013 hours 11:00 a.m. Central Time including Featuring T. Mychael Rambo as Justice Thurgood Marshall 3.0 Ethics Winner of the ABA 2005 Silver Gavel Honorable Mention Award in Theatre! hours He wanted JUSTICE and EQUALITY under the Law. Was that too much to ask? Does not qualify for Kansas CreditThurgood Marshall is one of the giant figures in the history of American jurisprudence. As the passionate and embattled civil rights lawyerwho acted as the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, he helped win the U.S. Supreme Courtdecision to legally end racial segregation in the public schools in the United States. He was the first African American to serve as SolicitorGeneral of the United States and became the first African American to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The movie will be followed by a filmed panel discussion and a live Moderated Chat Room in which attendees can ask questions and offercomments about ethical and bias concerns in the legal profession.
Drama Put some Into Your CLE With These Engaging Movie WebcastsWhat is a Webcast?Just like a live seminar, you attend a webcast at a scheduled time, only you do it via a webpage on your computer. The webcast will include video and audio, slides, and seminar handoutmaterials – all on your computer!Webcast Registration Fee and Course Material:Online versions of the course materials are included in the registration fee and will be availableas PDFs for viewing, downloading or printing during and after the webcast. No season passeswill be accepted. Registrations accepted online only at www.mobarcle.org.The fee for the Lincoln on Professionalism or Ben Franklin on Ethics webcasts are:Legal Aid - $59 • Missouri Bar Member - $79 • Non-Member - $99. DOUBLE HEADER/BOTHPROGRAMS: Legal Aid - $109 • Missouri Bar Member - $139 • Non-Member - $169The fee per program for Clarence Darrow, The Art of Advocacy, and Impeach JusticeDouglas! are:Legal Aid - $139 • Missouri Bar Member - $159 • Non-Member - $189.The fee for Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More and Thurgood Marshall’s Coming! are:Legal Aid - $109 • Missouri Bar Member - $139 • Non-Member - $169.How To Register:Webcast registration is ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE and by using a credit card. Go to www.mobarcle.org, then look for the featured programs. Registrations by mail, fax or phone willnot be accepted. Feel free to call 1-888-253-6013 or 573-635-4128 if you have any questions.Claiming MCLE Credit:Webcasts count toward your annual MCLE requirement of 15 hours.These programs do not qualify for Kansas credit.