What do you do when a partner or superior gives a directive, and you have that uncomfortable feeling it’s not appropriate, or it conflicts with your personal or organizational values? What if it is flat out unethical or illegal? Do you speak up or simply do as you are told? Does everyone in your firm know who to go to, or how to handle a difficult decision, and will they act appropriately when confronted with unethical behavior? Ethical decision making is a complex process, requiring moral awareness and judgment. Join this session to get help with these difficult decisions and receive a framework for effective ethics management.


  • Discuss the impact of individual values and organizational culture on an ethical workplace

  • Examine unethical behavior from risk management and cost perspectives

  • Review examples of unethical behavior and describe frameworks for ethical decision making

  • Identify how to develop and communicate organizational ethics for your firm

Steve Wingert, CLM, is a 20-year veteran of law firm administration, Past President of ALA, and director of administration at Thompson Coburn LLP. A forward-thinking leader, he understands the leadership and management challenges within law firms.  Wingert holds masters’ degrees in human resources and business administration, and is currently a doctoral student in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University. 


This Program is worth one hour of credit in:

CLM Recertification Credit –Yes  ETHICS

California MCLE Language: Law Practice Management

MCLE/Other States: Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.

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