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May 2021 CLE Seminars

Keep your skills sharp and expand your practice by attending one of the many live webinars we have scheduled in May without having to leave your house or office. To view the entire list of CLE offerings, visit the CLE Calendar – and, visit often, as more programs are added frequently!

Mindfulness for the Busy Lawyer - Part 5 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1.0 ethics
Live Webinar Only 
Patricia A. McLaughlin, Esq.
During the last workshop of the series, attendees will review the techniques learned throughout the series, including managing professional burnout, staying resilient during stressful situations, dealing with difficult colleagues and clients, and more.

Mediating During the COVID-19 Pandemic
12:30 – 2:30 p.m., 1.5 credits + .5 ethics
Live Webinar Only 
Lori Jean Giarrusso, Esq.
RI Family Court
William A. Poore, Esq.
Poore & Rosenbaum,LLP
Michael S. Schwartz, Esq.
Workers' Compensation Court
Kristen Sloan Maccini, Esq.
Attorney at Law    
During this program, you will hear from some of the top mediators in a variety of practice areas. They will discuss how the pandemic has affected their mediation practice, and how they have adjusted to the virtual world. They will also discuss best practices when conducting virtual mediations and ethical issues related to virtual mediations.

The Lawyer’s Guide To A Productive Virtual Conference Room Experience
12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 1.0 credit
Live Webinar Only 
Lisa A. Shorr
Secure Future Tech Solutions
Eric M. Shorr
Secure Future Tech Solutions
Although COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, the virtual experience is not going away. Many of your clients are embracing remote workplace technologies such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom and now the idea of "good enough" is no longer acceptable. It’s time to meet your client’s expectations by shifting your mindset and enhancing your online presence.
So how do you build your credibility and host an amazing Zoom or online meeting experience? Attend this seminar to learn how to WOW your clients during a virtual meeting.
You will walk away from this training:
  • Able to identify the technology foundations needed to ensure a seamless meeting.
  • With a checklist of key areas to enhance the "aesthetics" of your meeting, from the best microphone to proper lighting.
  • Learning the best verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and etiquette strategies that will build your personal brand to be a more influential and trusted advisor.

An Overview of Tenant Protections & Strategies for Successful Results
3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 1.5 credits 
Live Webinar Only
Hon. Christopher K. Smith 
RI District Court
Michael D. Crane Esq.
The Law Office of Michael D. Crane, LLC
Steven S. Flores Esq.
RI Legal Services, Inc.
Jennifer L. Wood Esq.
RI Center for Justice
The program will provide an overview of tenant protections, including protections due to COVID-19 to better represent clients. The panel will also discuss successful negotiation strategies for advocates representing BOTH tenants and landlords. 
Please note, this seminar is offered FREE OF CHARGE to all members of the Bar Association’s Pro Bono Programs who agree to accept a case prior to attending. You must agree to accept a pro bono landlord/tenant or eviction case in order to complete the registration process. 
To register, contact John Ellis or Elisa King via email or phone at 401-421-7758 and arrange to take a pro bono landlord/tenant or eviction case.