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Programs in (ADR) Alternative Dispute Resolution

Programs are available online to all firms wishing to assist their attorneys in obtaining their CLE credits. Please email customer.care@celesq.com to obtain a coupon code for your firm. Once an attorney has completed a program, your firm will be billed $30 each for the cost of each certificate which will be issued as a download once the attorney has completed the affirmation for the particular program. CDs will be available for all programs upon request. Please email customer.care@celesq.com to purchase CDs for any course. Cost will be $95.00 per CD, plus shipping and handling.

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NYC Human Rights Law: The 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Discrimination Laws (02/16/2021)

Program Number: 3104 Presenter: Mark S. Goldstein, Esq., Alexandra Manfredi, Esq.

As many businesses have come to learn in recent years, New York City is home to one of the nation’s most expansive anti-discrimination laws: the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The NYCHRL is unique on a multiple fronts, including its broad protections and definitions, burdensome obligations for employers, and expanded remedies. This program will explore the history of the NYCHRL, what differentiates it from other anti-discrimination statutes, and provide practical recommendations for employers grappling with its multifaceted requirements.

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Up the Ladder Reporting – Counsel’s Ethical and Legal Obligations for Addressing Potential Violations by Management (01/27/2021)

Program Number: 3101 Presenter: Erik R. Anderson, Esq., Carolyn H. Kendall, Esq.

This ethics program will discuss a lawyer’s legal and ethical obligations when he or she believes that a member of management is no longer fit to carry out company responsibilities or potentially violating company policy or the law. Drawing from real world examples, this program will ensure that both in-house and outside counsel understand their role and obligations under such circumstances and provide them with practical steps to navigate these complex situations. Participants will understand their applicable ethical duties under the Model Rules and the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, including when or if a “noisy withdrawal” is required; learn when and under what circumstances they can or should report to the Board or other governing body; and the role of internal investigations conducted by outside counsel, including potential risks and complexities for in-house counsel who may have been involved in the underlying fact pattern.

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The Conservative Case for Class Actions (03/10/2020)

Program Number: 3068 Presenter: Professor Brian Fitzpatrick, Esq.

In this program, Professor Fitzpatrick discusses his new book The Conservative Case for Class Actions (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Professor Fitzpatrick argues that conservatives and libertarians should prefer private enforcement of the law to the only viable alternative—more government—for the same reason they prefer other private sector solutions to problems. Although he thinks our class action system is not perfect, he gathers data to show that it is working much better than people think. At the end of this program, participants will: 1) understand the theoretical advantages and disadvantages of government versus private enforcement, 2) learn the data comparing government enforcement to class actions, 3) learn the data on how many class actions are meritless, how much attorneys are paid in class actions, and how class actions deter misconduct, and 4) understand class action legal doctrines and how they might be improved.

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Handling Death Cases in New York (12/04/2020)

Program Number: 30290 Presenter: Andrea Alonso, Esq.

There are two separate and distinct causes of action in death cases: survivorship cause of action and wrongful death. ● Survivorship cause of action belongs to the estate for decedent’s pain and suffering prior to death. ● Wrongful death cause of action belongs to distributees who have suffered pecuniary loss by reason of death. In any death case, there will be a unified trial. The Burden of proof is still the plaintiff’s, but not as high a burden as in death cases. For wrongful death damages, decedent’s estate is entitled to collect interest at the rate of 9% from date of death to date of judgment, governed by Section 5-4.2 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (hereinafter the EPTL). Join Andrea Alonso as she helps attorneys to familiarize themselves with the two distinct causes of action and what is and is not recoverable under each.

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Helping Diverse Attorneys Thrive: Tips from In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30279 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Malachi B. Jones, Jr. Esq., Bonnie Lau, Esq.

Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the modest successes that have been achieved, but now is the time for law firms and legal departments to double-down on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation with in-house and outside counsel as they discuss initiatives and share the experiences that have helped diverse attorneys thrive and have made a positive impact with their firms and organizations.

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Communication Techniques to Overcome Gender Bias in the Legal Profession (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30242 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer and Alton B. Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition) and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace, discuss the nature and extent of the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and why and how gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them cause this disparity by preventing women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. Andie and Al provide lawyers with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases in their legal practices. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g), ABA Resolutions 10A, 108D, 300, 302, and ABA’s Mission Statement. I. Understand the pervasive nature of gender stereotypes with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership II. Recognize how these gender stereotypes result in discriminatory biases that operate to

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Effective Mediation Part 4 - Ten Things Every Advocate Must Consider Before the Mediation Starts (09/14/2020)

Program Number: 3022 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Elizabeth Shampnoi

To ensure a successful mediation experience for your client, it is important to spend the time and effort to fully and adequately prepare in advance. Proper preparation includes spending time with your client reviewing the facts and legal issues, including your claims, defenses strengths and weaknesses, as well as those anticipated by the other side. Analyzing the motivations and impediments to a negotiated resolution, and, analyzing your risks through “ BATNA” - Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, will allow you and your client to properly evaluate and respond to offers made during the mediation. Further, ensuring that the right individuals will participate in the mediation, or be readily available for questions, is critical. Finally, to the extent that you need to consider tax implications of any settlement, this should be done in advance. *This program will explore the top ten items each advocate should consider and address prior to the

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Effective Mediation Part 3 - Overcoming Unrecognized Emotions in Mediating Commercial Disputes (06/01/2020)

Program Number: 3021 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Elizabeth Shampnoi

Emotions are not relegated to personally identifiable disputes, such as employment, personal injury or matrimonial. Oftentimes, the parties to a commercial dispute are harboring unrecognized emotions arising from the dynamics of the events leading up to the dispute, the interactions between the parties as well as the impact of the subject matter of the dispute at hand. Failing to identify and recognize these emotions impedes the ability of the parties to address them in a way that allows the parties to focus on the overarching business dispute. By recognizing and addressing emotions, the parties can move towards a more level playing field of negotiation and adequately address the dispute between them. As long as these emotions remain unnamed and unmanaged, getting to "yes" or some form of resolution may be impossible. This program will explore the means to identify and recognize emotions in commercial disputes, and provide tools to foster

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Courageous Conversations about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies to Increase Effectiveness (08/13/2020)

Program Number: 30197 Presenter: Tiffani G. Lee, Esq., Dianne R. Phillips, Esq.

As this nation continues to deal with issues of race and racism associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent police killings of Black people, there is a greater need for lawyers, law firms, and corporate legal departments to engage in more open, transparent, and candid conversations to increase our understanding of the issues and lay the groundwork for solutions. Lawyers at all levels and in all capacities are being brought into conversations about race and racism specifically as well as other topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. But such workplace conversations – courageous conversations - can be challenging for some and downright scary for others. In this live audio webcast, Tiffani Lee and Dianne Phillips, partners at Holland & Knight LLP who have led its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for many years, will discuss the importance of having courageous conversations now, some of the challenges or obstacles to courageous

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Defending Sexual Abuse Claims in the MeToo Era (09/02/2020)

Program Number: 30189 Presenter: Alicia R. Kennon, Esq.

This program will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of the different types of sexual abuse/misconduct claims that can arise and some specific strategies that can assist in defending such claims. This is more than just a discussion of sexual harassment claims. It is designed to provide specific guidance and strategies that can be employed by attorneys and their clients today to defend current and future claims. Attorneys will get a broad level overview of the claims that can be alleged; the statutes of limitations for said claims; and some practical tools for prevention and defense of such claims.

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