1-Hour Program

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Overview

Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations, pro bono attorneys, government attorneys, judges and judicial law clerks, law professors and law students, senior attorneys (age 65 and over), law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations, unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application.

Scholarships available

Why You Should Attend

This online program will use an interactive, video format to demonstrate how motivated reasoning can lead attorneys to act unethically or remain silent in the face of unethical behavior. Furthermore, it will show how even after these ethical lapses, actors often continue to believe that they have done nothing wrong. The program will explain, in detail, what motivated reasoning is, describe and demonstrate the most common social-cognitive biases that comprise motivated reasoning, and provide strategies to help attorneys overcome these biases, so they behave ethically. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be mentioned and referred to at times in discussion, scenarios, and examples.

What You Will Learn 

After completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize that they are subject to making poor decisions due to motivated reasoning.
  • Recognize that they are subject to behaving unethically without intending to do so.
  • Identify the most common cognitive biases and social influences that contribute to motivated reasoning.
  • Identify common factors that can lead to poor decisions, unethical behaviors, or inaction.
  • Implement strategies to address and overcome the factors that could otherwise lead to poor decisions, unethical behavior, or inaction.
  • Create an environment where an attorney is more likely to follow the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who Should Attend

This program will be useful to all attorneys in their practice of the law.

An Interactive Learning Center (ILC) program

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