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Avoiding the Train Wreck: Ethical Dilemmas, Stress, and Maintaining a Successful Legal Practice




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners Devonport (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS

This engaging, highly interactive workshop is suitable for lawyers in all practice areas. It will provide a powerful and entertaining forum to consider some of the ethical and professional dilemmas faced by lawyers, and the corresponding toll they can take on one’s mental health and psychological well-being. The goal of this program is not merely to examine the intersection of ethics, good practice and stress, but to offer participants an opportunity to reflect on practical ways to avoid the kinds of professional and personal problems and pitfalls that can ruin a career.

Chris Osborn and Michael Kahn of ReelTime CLE are internationally recognised professional legal educators from the US. Since 2007 they have been delivering dynamic and interactive CPD on ethics, professional responsibility, mental health and wellness, legal skills, practice management and diversity and inclusion. ReelTime CLE has been enjoyed by hundreds of participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

“It was one of the first CLE classes that really made me think of ethical issues in a very practical manner as opposed to in theory. In 18 years of attending such classes it was the most enjoyable experience I have had.” — Stephen L. Brown, Charleston, SC

Illumination of Bias 

The workshop also includes a one hour session drawn from ReelTime CLE's longer Illumination of Bias program.   This awareness raising session will explore the impact of unconscious bias (also known  as ‘implicit bias’) on our daily decision-making and the associated potential risks for both individuals and organisations in which they serve.  It will also provide practical strategies for identifying and mitigating the effects of unconscious bias in order to create a more inclusive workplace as well as achieving more successful outcomes for our clients.



What you said about the Hobart 2016 workshop: see testimonials here.


  • When: Thursday 8 March 2018, 9am – 12.30pm. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: The Law Society, 28 Murray Street, also by livestream to regional hubs (desktop enquiries: 62 344133). Attendance in person for this workshop is recommended.
  • Morning tea will be provided.
  • Members will earn 3 CPD units, 1 in each of the mandatory categories PS, PM and E.
  • Cost (incl GST): $225 
  • Registrations close 5pm Thursday 1 March 2018.


ReelTime CLE is a US provider of dynamic, interactive workshops, conferences, law firm retreats and professional development training programs committed to using the most proven and effective methods of adult learning to help professionals work (and interact with one another) more productively and sustainably. In August 2012, its program ‘Practicing Dirt Law and Keeping Your Nose Clean - Stress and Ethical Decision-Making for Real Estate Attorneys’, received an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming from ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education Professionals.

Chris Osborn

In addition to his work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is the founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution Services, which provides Superior Court mediation, pre-litigation conflict coaching and dispute resolution, and Christian conflict conciliation services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator since 2009, and has assisted the vast majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business breakups, construction and employment law disputes, and will caveat disputes. From 2012-2015, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law. While on the faculty, Chris’ academic research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, particularly their interrelationship with mental health and substance abuse issues. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Chris began practising litigation in Charlotte. He served as a career law clerk to former US Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III before joining Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, in 2001. During his 11 years as an associate and a shareholder with the firm, Chris handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment disputes in Superior and District Courts, as well as in all three North Carolina federal district courts.

Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, and practised law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for six years. Although he left the practice of law in 1991, his work thereafter has kept him involved in the lives of lawyers in various capacities. Following a stint as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, Michael obtained his M. Ed. in Counselling from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a Licensed Professional Counsellor in the State of North Carolina. Michael’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice have included anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues, and he has worked with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings. In 2012, he relocated to Oregon where, in addition to continuing his speaking career, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counselling. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where he facilitates grief groups for lawyers. He continues to present training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, wellness, diversity and inclusion, and other topics for lawyers and mental health professionals throughout the US and abroad, including for the US military in Germany and Japan. 


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