Why Lawyers Strike Out: Professionalism in Baseball and Law

Why Lawyers Strike Out: Professionalism in Baseball and Law
It's summer, and that means baseball. Knock out your professional conduct credit, and then enjoy an evening at the ballpark with club-level seats.

Are you ready for some baseball?  Pack up your peanuts and crackerjack, and meet us at Progressive Field to watch the Indians take on the Kansas City Royals, following an entertaining take on professional conduct.

Course Description:

Why Attorneys Strike Out:  Professionalism in Baseball and the Legal Profession
On May 15, 1981 Len Barker is pitching a no hitter in the ninth inning.  It is a tense time for the pitcher.  However, he does not have to worry about a player bunting the ball.  There are unwritten rules of professionalism in baseball based upon respect for the game.  One of these rules is that you do not break up a no hitter by bunting in the ninth inning.  However, in the legal profession, courts have noted a lack of professionalism and civility among attorneys even though these traits are the mainstays of our profession and the foundations upon which lawyers practice law.  In this interactive presentation, attorneys will learn the unwritten rules of professionalism in baseball, how they are passed on from generation to generation and whether these same concepts of professionalism can apply in the legal profession.  

All the Ethics I Need to Know, I Learned from the Movies
In an American Bar Association poll, My Cousin Vinny was voted the third best lawyer movie.  With more movies based on actual events, it is interesting to determine if conduct depicted in the movies is “reel or real.”  In this entertaining and fun presentation, we will review movie clips and determine if conduct depicted in the movie violates any of the disciplinary rules.  Further, we will examine disciplinary cases involving similar conduct and determine how “real attorneys” are disciplined for similar conduct.  We will discuss how attorneys can avoid ethical misconduct.  

Instructor:  Philip Bogdanoff, Attorney at Law
Philip Bogdanoff was a career assistant prosecutor in the Summit County Prosecutor's Office and retired from that office as a senior assistant prosecutor.  He has taught continuing legal education related to ethics and professionalism to various groups in seven states including the Ohio Bar Association and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. His professional conduct presentations have been described as informative, lively, entertaining, and captivating.  


2:30 p.m.  Registration
3:00 p.m.  CLE Presentation
5:45 p.m.  Adjourn to Indians Game

CLE Hours:

2.50 hours Professional Conduct requested

Location - Heavy Hitters Club:

The entrance for the Heavy Hitters Club is on Ontario at the administrative offices.  From Heavy Hitters, we will move to the Club Level for the game.

Pricing  - early bird discount expires May 31!  Save $25 on seminar and game ticket combo pack registrations

$175 - CMBA Members
$200 - Non-Members

Pricing includes seminar and club-level seats in Sections 340, 342, 344, 346 or 348.

This course is not eligible for the CLE Passport or Member Appreciation Month pricing.

Extra game tickets available.  Supplies are limited, so order early to guarantee your tickets!

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2019-06-24 15:00:00 2019-06-24 17:45:00 America/Detroit Why Lawyers Strike Out? Program begins at 3:00 p.m. Heavy Hitters Club, Progressive Field CMBA cle@clemetrobar.org
6/24/2019 3:00 PM - 6/24/2019 10:00 PM
Progressive Field
Heavy Hitters Club
Entrance on Ontario At the Exec Offices
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States


Monday, 24 June 2019

Includes 2.5 hours Professional Conduct CLE and Club Seat to the Indians vs. Tigers game. Club seats include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages.
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6/24/2019 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
6/24/2019 3:00 PM
Club Seats include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages.
7:10 PM - 10:00 PM
6/24/2019 7:10 PM

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