Michael Kahn holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, and practiced law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for 6 years. Although he left the practice of law in 1991, his work thereafter has kept him involved in the lives of attorneys in various capacities. Following his stint as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, Michael obtained his M. Ed. in Counseling from UNC-Greensboro in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina. Michael has served as an active member of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Professionalism, Lawyer Life, and Culture Committee. Michael’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice include anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues. In addition to his work with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings, Michael has previously led grief support groups for Kindermourn in Charlotte, as well as film-based personal growth and development groups. He also presents training seminars and workshops on ethics and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. Army. He is also a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. Learn more about Michael's professional workshops here.
Chris Osborn is an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he currently teaches Contracts and presents workshops on stress, professionalism, and ethics. In addition to his teaching and administrative workload, Chris will be conducting further research and scholarship in the areas of ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues. Prior to entering academia, Chris was a litigation attorney in Charlotte for over 15 years, and served as a career law clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III. During his 11 years as an associate and then a shareholder with Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, Chris practiced construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment law, and also was certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator.
Chris has been a frequent speaker at CLE seminars on construction disputes and mechanics’ lien law, and on various topics in employment law, in addition to the seminars on professionalism and legal ethics that he has helped develop and present through ReelTime CLE. As the former chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar “Professionalism, LawyerLife, and Culture” Committee, Chris helped lead the Bar’s efforts to support its members in times of personal or professional crisis, and its proactive promotion of good mental health practices and substance abuse awareness. He has also written and edited numerous articles for the Mecklenburg County Bar Newsletter on such diverse topics as career satisfaction, exercise and well-being, active listening skills, dealing with clients who show signs of mental illness, conflicts with colleagues at the bench and bar, and the particular challenges that well-trained lawyers encounter in their interpersonal relationships. Chris’ full bio is available here.