Teaching Professionalism

QuickTips

  • Professionalism content in CPD programs includes professionalism responsibility, ethics, and practice management topics
  • Use scenarios, case studies, and hypotheticals to initiate discussion and highlight key issues
  • Encourage participants to ask the right questions rather than come up with the right "answer" to a problem
  • Model professionalism when you teach — promote respect and openness for different points of view
  • When dealing with an ethical problem, ask participants to consider the competing values at stake
  • Create practical and concise program materials, including checklists, outlines, and summaries rather than lengthy papers
  • Refer to a variety of resources on the topic of professionalism, including case law, the Rules of Professional Conduct or Paralegal Rules of Conduct, legal commentary, and academic papers