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MARYLAND PROFESSIONALISM

Welcome to the 2016 Maryland Professionalism Orientation Program. This online program was created to ensure that you are familiar with core requirements for practicing law in Maryland.

To fulfill the requirements of this program, you must watch every video, in its entirety, in the order in which the videos are listed. At the very end, you will be asked to certify that you have watched all of the videos and completed the requirements of the program.

For additional information, please see the Maryland Professionalism Course Manual at marylandprofessionalism.org/images/pdf/professionalismcoursemanual.pdf 
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1. INTRODUCTION (04:03)

Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., Maryland Court of Appeals, introduces the fundamentals of professionalism for attorneys.


2. RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PROFESSION (32:37)

Professionalism is the combination of the core values of personal integrity, competency, civility, independence, and public service that distinguish lawyers as the caretakers of the rule of law. This video reviews the professional responsibilities each lawyer has in the state of Maryland, such as paying your Client Protection Fund assessment, completing your pro bono report, and submitting your trust account report, and discusses the consequences of failing to fulfill those obligations.


3. ADVERTISING AND THE PITFALLS OF SOCIAL MEDIA (15:47)

Presenting yourself as a lawyer on webpages and social media may constitute as advertising. In this video, you will learn about the Rules of Professional Conduct for Maryland that govern these social media platforms.


4. RISK MANAGEMENT (22:30)

What is a dispute? What is an interpleader action? Why is it important to manage a client’s expectations? This video presents a case example, “That Auto Accident (in Pa.),” which demonstrates the importance of risk management.


5. THE SCAM (15:27)

“The Scam” provides examples of the perils surrounding iterations of sophisticated collection work scams targeting law firms. Learn about the warning signs and the steps to take to avoid becoming a victim of the scam in your firm.


6. TIPS FROM A JUDGE (19:21)

This video features tips on court expectations from retired Howard County Circuit Court Judge Diane O. Leasure and emphasizes the need for civility, professionalism, and awareness of the importance of establishing a sound reputation within the legal community.


7. ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION (04:01)

In this video, Glenn Grossman, Bar Counsel, reviews the role of the Attorney Grievance Commission in responding to Bar complaints. The Attorney Grievance Commission was established in 1975 to oversee the discipline of Maryland lawyers and to review the conduct of lawyers to determine the need for alternatives to discipline.


8. ATTORNEY'S FEES (03:37)

An attorney’s fees may be hourly fee arrangements, contingency fee arrangements, or flat fee arrangements. In this video, JaCina Stanton, Assistant Bar Counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission discusses the different types of fee arrangements and how to handle a fee dispute.


9. COMMUNICATION, SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION & CONFIDENTIALITY (08:54)

JaCina Stanton, Assistant Bar Counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission, discusses the methods and modes of attorney-client communications, the importance of periodic invoices and billing statements, and ways to handle negative feedback on social media.


10. ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION (42:05)

How do you use location services on a cellphone? When is there a duty to preserve the history of your client’s data? What is the concept of “proportionality?” Presenter Michael Berman, Esq., reviews the use of electronic discovery and electronically stored information.


11. MENTORING (09:00)

Mentors are legal professionals who help guide you along your career. Charles County Circuit Court Magistrate Monise A. Brown explains the purpose and benefits of finding a mentor.


12. CONCLUSION (01:42)

Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., offers a brief wrap-up of the online Professionalism Orientation Program.

After viewing all of the videos, YOU MUST SUBMIT the online certification form. Click the following link:
mdcourts.gov/coappeals/professionalism.html