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Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona

Program Number: 2958

Program Date: 04/17/2019


Today’s legal marketplace demands professionals with a range of qualities in which many attorneys are deficient–not because they lack ability or talent but because of a lack of awareness of the importance of attitudes and behaviors that mark a successful professional. This lecture 1.describes the foundations for developing a strong professional persona; 2. provides specific ways for an attorney to discover and define a professional persona; and 3. gives a range of tools relating to self-management and working with others that will enhance professionalism, self-awareness, productivity, success and career satisfaction.

$95.00Audio CD Add to Cart $95.00Online Audio Add to Cart

Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE Credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE Credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY


Raymond Dowd, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Raymond Dowd is a partner in the law firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City. He authored Copyright Litigation Handbook (now in its 10th edition). His practice consists of federal and state trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation, having served as lead trial counsel in broadcasting, fashion, publishing, art law, copyright, trademark, cybersquatting, privacy, trusts and decedents estates, licensing, corporate and real estate cases, often working closely with experts in valuation. He has litigated questions of Austrian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swiss law in U.S. courts and led cross-border investigations and discovery. He litigated landmark decisions from Surrogate’s Court to the New York Court of Appeals, including the Estate of Doris Duke and recovering an ancient Assyrian tablet for Berlin’s Pergamon Museum. Mr. Dowd lectures internationally on copyright litigation and on Nazi art looting.

He serves on the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club, co-founded the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyers’ Association and served as the Federal Bar Association’s General Counsel . He is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he serves on the Board of the alumni association and co-chairs its International Affinity Group. Mr. Dowd is a graduate of Manhattan College and earned his law degree at Fordham Law School. He speaks French and Italian. In 2018, he received the Harold J. Baer, Jr. Public Service Award from Network of Bar Leaders at a ceremony held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Toni Jaeger-Fine, Esq.

Fordham Law School

Toni Jaeger-Fine is assistant dean for international and non-J.D. programs at Fordham Law School, where she oversees the Law School’s graduate (LL.M., M.S.L., S.J.D.), study abroad, and visiting scholar and research fellow programs. She also directs the International Judicial Research and Training Program, the Summer Institute in New York City, the Winter Institute in U.S. Law, and the Pre-Law Institute, as well as a range of custom programs for international lawyers and students.

Dean Jaeger-Fine travels extensively and has taught or lectured in numerous countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, P.R. China, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in the United States and abroad, as well as two books: American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide and An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System, which has been translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese. She is also co-author of a series of books, including a case book on the U.S. legal system, under Mastering-the-Master.com. She is working on a new book, The Legal Professional Persona, to be published by West Academic in 2018.

Previously, Dean Jaeger-Fine served as director of graduate and international programs at Cardozo Law School and as associate director of the global law school program at NYU School of Law. She is Senior Counselor to the International Section of the Federal Bar Association and past chair of the section on post-graduate legal education, the section on international legal exchange, and the section on legal education for foreign lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Jaeger-Fine is a founding member of the board of directors of Lawyers without Borders and is the first American to serve on the board of the German American Lawyers Association. Dean Jaeger-Fine was associated with the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on commercial, appellate, and administrative litigation. She is a cum laude graduate of Duke Law School and received her B.A. from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, at which she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.