“Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These!” – Stress, Pressure, & Ethical Decision-Making in the Practice of Law

Wednesday 14th March, 2018 4:00 pm – Wednesday 14th March, 2018 6:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

Most serious legal malpractice claims and successful state bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the Professional Conduct Rules, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations.  (Don’t take money from the client trust account. Don’t sleep with the attractive domestic client you are representing in an ongoing divorce proceeding. Be candid with the court., etc..) It’s not rocket science—in fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic professional responsibility class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens. A lot. Even to our own friends and colleagues.

This engaging, highly interactive program provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ lawyers ‘go bad’?” Based on a brand new original short film, written and co-produced by Michael Kahn and Chris Osborne, interspersed with a discussion among 4 experienced legal malpractice defense lawyers regarding the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in day-to-day practice.

  • 1 points Competency 2 Professional Skills
  • 1 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility



Michael Kahn
ReelTime CLE

Chris Osborn
ReelTime CLE

CPD Active
Member: individuals less than 5 years practising, article clerks/practical legal training (PLT) and students