“Don’t Let the Jokers Drive You Batty!”- What We Can Learn from Batman about Maintaining our Sanity (and Ethics) in the Practice of Law
Also approved for 2.0 Hours Ethics Credit in Illinois (forthcoming April 2015), New Mexico, Ohio, and Ontario
Anyone who has been embroiled with a particularly difficult attorney, colleague, client, or judge who “just gets under their skin” knows that such encounters can be absolutely maddening. Unfortunately, when such interactions cannot be avoided, they may also render an attorney more susceptible to compromising his or her own ethical values in the process. Using clips from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, this seminar explores the impact of these exceptionally challenging professional relationships with such folks, whom we liken to Batman’s arch-nemesis, “The Joker.” Participants are equipped to identify the “Jokers” they have encountered, appreciate the risks of engaging with them, and implement practical strategies to minimize the negative impact on their quality of practice and life. We also provide a primer on the resources provided by local and state bars for reporting particular instances or patterns of unethical and/or grossly unprofessional behavior.