--- ethics / tech / trial - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 11/25/2017
--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

High profile cases, both criminal and civil, highlight the evening news, morning paper, and trends 24/7 on social media. Lawyers handling such cases must be aware of the unique issues generated by media attention, both on and offline, and often must be prepared to speak to the media on a moment's notice.

This course addresses the specific legal and ethical rules that govern what lawyers can legally and ethically say to the press about their big case.

This course focuses on trial publicity issues in an age of digital media, covering permissible statements both in person and online, in and out of the courtroom, about cases, witnesses, judges, and more. It also discusses the ethical recourse you may have in responding to unfair adverse publicity. This presentation covers gag orders, due process issues, and both State Bar and ABA ethical rules and opinions.

Key course points are:
• Learn which ethical rules govern what you say to the media about your big case.
• Be advised about how to ethically respond to unfair publicity by your opponent about your case.
• Learn how online statements might implicate trial publicity ethics rules.
• Consider safe methods of discussing your case within the boundaries of applicable ethical rules.
• Discuss what other laws come into play when talking about case information outside of the courtroom.

--- 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.