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Professionalism: Telling the Story – The Trial Lawyer’s Journey

Published by Louisiana Association for Justice
and Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association
Learning Objectives
  • Distinguishing the parameters of attorneys' ethics and professionalism responsibilities
  • Observations of storytelling methods in selected novels and movies
  • Examples of how to apply storytelling strategies to your case

When one hour of professionalism credit for lawyers became mandatory in Louisiana several years ago, the majority of an hour of professionalism seemed to be a discussion of the difference between ethics and professionalism. Ethics, in my mind, are primarily concerned with the duties that a lawyer owes to his or her clients, while professionalism is primarily concerned with the relationships between attorneys and their co-counsel, opposing counsel, the court, and the profession.

In any event, an attorney can be safely guided in most circumstances by sound litigation strategy. As a general proposition, the approach most likely to advance the case to a successful conclusion will also be the approach which advances the attorney's own interests, courtesies to opposing counsel, appropriate respect and deference towards the court, and the highest standards and ideals for the profession. The precepts of ethics and professionalism step in to resolve circumstances where such interests might be in conflict or otherwise tend to diverge.

Stephen J. Herman
Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P.

Steve Herman is a partner in the New Orleans law firm Herman Herman & Katz and is a past president of Louisiana... Read More

Originally Published
December 14, 2015

Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
  • Telling the Story – The Trial Lawyer’s Journey- Video
  • Telling the Story – The Trial Lawyer’s Journey - Slide Deck
  • Telling the Story – The Trial Lawyer’s Journey - Paper

How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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