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Clifford Law Offices To Host its 15th Annual Continuing Legal Education Program

15th Annual Clifford Law Offices Free Continuing Legal Education Webinar will be held on February 17, 2022

CHICAGO, IL (February 2022) – Clifford Law Offices is hosting its annual Continuing Legal Education Program, which will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. CST. The program is free and will only be offered virtually. More than 3,500 lawyers have already registered for this event.

The programs will be moderated by Robert A. Clifford, Founder and Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices, who concentrates his practice in helping victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, consumer and health care fraud, product liability, and aviation and transportation disasters. Mr. Clifford regularly handles complex damage cases and routinely receives multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Information on the free programs being offered:

The Wellness Program
“Mind, Body, & Soul: Defining Well-Being in Law”
2:30-3:30 p.m. CST. 

Since the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being issued its Report & Recommendations in 2017, there has been much progress. However, a culture shift around well-being and sustained innovation still faces certain challenges. To be a good lawyer, law student, or judge, one has to be well. To achieve well-being, we have to engage in a continuous process in which we “strive to thrive” in each of the following dimensions of our lives: emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual, and social. 

Our panelists will discuss what constitutes well-being in each of these six components, provide some best practices that everyone can employ in their own lives and in their work or school setting, and consider where we have been and the challenges we face as we move forward on this front.

The speakers at this program will be:

  • Erin Clifford, Partner, Clifford Law Offices and Founder/CEO of Erin Clifford Wellness
  • Tracy Kepler, CNA Risk Control Director, Adjunct Law Professor, and former Director of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Brian Cuban, Lawyer and Author of “The Addicted Lawyer”
  • Judge David Shaheed, Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism approved the substance of Mind, Body & Soul: Defining Well-Being in Law for 1.00 hours professional responsibility credit (Mental Health and Substance Abuse). The Missouri Bar has approved the Wellness course for 1.2 hours of ethics credit. The program, Mind, Body & Soul: Defining Well-Being in Law, has been accredited for 1.00 hour in ethics by the State Bar of Texas.

The Diversity & Inclusion Program:
“Mind, Body, & Soul of Diverse Lawyers: The Weathering Effect”
3:30-4:30 p.m. CST.  

It is coming to light that lawyers of diversity can be impacted by “the weathering effect.” This concept will be discussed in the context of how one’s experiences and reactions as a lawyer in a diverse community are different because of one’s race, gender, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, and other diverse factors. The weathering effect can create an erosion of professional, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health from unconscious bias and the daily microaggressions that one of diversity is forced to endure. This can impact the way one responds to certain situations and can ultimately impact one’s outlook, health, or longevity in the profession. It can make one more vulnerable or more callous in certain situations, more so and more sensitized than those who are not considered part of a minority community. It can create mental blocks. The concept of intersectionality – members of the profession falling into more than one identity group – and the toll it takes on those in figuring out how to react given the situation and the group into which one falls also can be exhausting.

This highly experienced panel will openly discuss their experiences and beliefs in what is happening in this arena and will offer suggestions as to how everyone can become more aware in order to improve the health of the profession.

The speakers at this program will be:

  • Lea Gutierrez, DEI Director at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Leslie Davis, CEO, National Association of Minority & Women Owner Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
  • Lindsey Draper, Former Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Public Defender, and Ret. Judicial Court Commissioner primarily with the Children’s Court and the current Vice President of DEI for the Institute of Well-Being in Law

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism approved the substance of Mind, Body & Soul of Diverse Lawyers: The Weathering Effect for 1.00 hours professional responsibility credit (Diversity and Inclusion). The Missouri Bar has approved 1.2 total hours, including 1.2 ethics hours and 1.2 elimination of bias hours. The program, Mind, Body & Soul of Diverse Lawyers: The Weathering Effect, has been accredited for 1.00 hour in ethics by the State Bar of Texas.

CLE credit is only available for live viewing. To register or learn more information, please visit www.cliffordlawcle.com.

About Clifford Law Offices
Since 1984, Clifford Law Offices has been dedicated to serving the needs of clients in the Chicago area and throughout the nation. Today, the law firm is one of the premier law firms in Chicagoland and is known nationally for their success in complicated legal matters. www.cliffordlaw.com 

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