--- ethics - professionalism/civility
--- course production date: 9/22/2018
--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

The effectiveness of our adversarial legal system is enhanced through the combination of talent and temperament. The mark of a fine lawyer is the ability to gain both reverence and respect through effective advocacy combined with civility. This type of legal professionalism decreases animosity, promotes good faith negotiation, benefits clients, and improves the public perception of the profession.

Effective advocacy combines polished legal skills and professional conduct. “Rambo advocacy” is outdated. Overzealous, rude behavior can damage your reputation and prejudice your client at a time when bar associations are establishing programs designed to promote civility, and judges are increasingly demanding it.

In addition to examining a lawyer’s professional duties, both in and out of the courtroom, this program will also cover applicable laws and ethical rules regarding bias and discrimination within the legal profession. It will discuss how to perceive both overt and subtle signs of intolerance, from the conference room to the courtroom, and suggest policies of prevention.

Key course points are:

• Litigation strategies incorporating competence, courtesy, and civility.
• Negotiation tactics that are forceful yet respectful.
• The art of graceful disagreement in the courtroom.
• Cultivating a collaborative approach to dealing with clients, and opposing counsel.
• Ethical rules that apply to discrimination in the practice of law.

--- 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.

Dr. Patrick received her PhD from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Bethel Seminary San Diego where she was awarded the Excellence in Preaching Award and the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from the University of California Los Angeles.