Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Communications Basecamp for In-House Lawyers: Where Mindful and Ethical Discussion Begins, Sponsored by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Carnegie Science Center
SportsWorks Classroom A/B
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Careful listening, understandable speech, and cooperative dialogue are as important in the legal realm as they are in somethingas seemingly unrelated as the world of rock climbing.  This interactive presentation will show attendees the similarities between in-house communication with internal clients, and the verbal and non-verbal dialogue between climbers.  Emphasis will be placed on how both counsel and climbers must recognize the equal importance of talking and listening, will include suggestions on dealing with difficult team members, and will demonstrate the critical nature of non-verbal communication in relaying information effectively.

In addition, one-hour of the 3-hour session will focus on Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 and 1.4, which address competence and communications with clients.This element of the session will assist in-house attorneys by providing an overview of these model rules and related common legal compliance issues, and will discuss how mindful communication can assist in-house counsel in complying with the rules through effective engagement and communication with compliance officers, difficult co-workers and in-house clients, while helping to minimize legal risk.

The take-aways of this presentation will include an overview of techniques for both mindful speaking and mindful listening, and information on how such communication can assist in the development of a workable compliance plan to help minimize and avoid legal risk, while adding attention and genuineness to everyday communication techniques.  (All attendees also will leave with an elementary knowledge of basis knot-tying techniques!)


Maria Greco Danaher
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Registration and Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Program:  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Hardship Policy:   Any lawyer may send a written request for a reduced fee, 30 days prior to program, and explain that the normal fee causes financial hardship, provide background material and must be signed by the lawyer.


Credits: 3
State: PA
Category: 2 Substantive, 1 Ethics


Barbara Dudek
Phone: 412-366-2686
E-mail: westernpa@accglobal.com


Members: $25
Non-members: $35

Sponsored By:

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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