--- ethics - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 12/3/2016
--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

Election Day 2016 added even more states to the growing number of jurisdictions where marijuana is legal, giving the green light to both manufacturers and consumers. Lawyers, however, are caught in the middle of a unique dilemma—the conflict between state and federal law.

Although the solution to the conflict of laws dilemma remains hazy, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and related ethics opinions provide guidance to help clear the air regarding the legal and ethical provisions at issue.

Key course points are:
• How different states have interpreted the ethics of lawyers using marijuana in light of the conflict between state and federal law.
• How legal competence issues may infect the litigation process and how to deal with others whom you suspect are impaired.
• What stance individual State Bars are likely to take in reviewing cases where legal use of marijuana that arguably affects legal practice.
• Circumstances under which while not involving moral turpitude, legal use of marijuana might constitute grounds for professional discipline
• Why marijuana use is viewed differently from other intoxicants, and how that can affect legal practice.

--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment. She is the immediate past President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager. In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters. She has served as Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexual Violent Predators Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.

Dr. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about threat assessment, cutting edge investigation and use of social media, the methodology of sexual predators and stalkers, and how to increase public awareness and protect the community. Her PhD thesis focused on the psychology of attraction as used by criminals and manipulators in society, and how to spot the red flags.

Dr. Patrick has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. She has taught human trafficking within the United States, as well as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa. She frequently teaches sexual assault prevention for the Army, having presented programs domestically as well as in Wiesbaden, Germany.

She has been involved with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the San Diego Child Protection Team, and the Sexual Assault Response Team, from whom she received the SART Response with a Heart Award based on her significant contribution to the professional field of sexual assault prosecution. She also lectures frequently on topics involving the safe use of social media, cyber-crime, and threat assessment.