Jack Marshall

Ethics Blues

A  musical legal ethics seminar featuring the immortal ballads of the 1930’s, and 40’s and 50’s

[2,3 or 4 hours of legal ethics CLE ]

No music captures the complexities, tragedies and exhilaration of romantic relationships more exquisitely than the immortal ballads of the 1930’s, and 40’s and 50’s. Ethics Blues, a  nostalgic and entertaining musical ethics seminar from lawyer/ethicist/parodist Jack Marshall, uses those memorable songs of Rogers and Hart, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others to illuminate the equally perplexing relationship between lawyers, their clients, the  Rules of Professional Conduct, and their own consciences.

Each Ethics Blues song is a challenging hypothetical exploring important current ethics issues that every lawyer needs to understand and be prepared to deal with quickly, correctly, and ethically. Professional cabaret singer/pianist Esther Covington uses her vocal, comic and instrumental  skills launch the fodder for  intense audience debate on the toughest of legal ethics dilemmas.

There are seven to ten familiar and provocative songs, including  parodies of “Come Rain of Come Shine,” “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby to a Dixie Melody,”  “The Lady is a Tramp” and others. Among the issues explored will be…

•    Conflicts among various jurisdiction’s ethics rules

•    Client fraud

•    When a conflict isn’t a conflict

•    The latest on metadata ethics

•    When informing a client facilitates illegal acts

•    The limits of loyalty

•    Trial tricks, dirty and otherwise

•    Reporting misconduct

•    Drawing the line in negotiation tactics

…and more.

There will also be surprises along the way. Ethics Blues is a feast for the eyes and ears, and an invaluable workout for the mind and super-ego. And after you have completed the seminar, we guarantee that you’ll be able to, in the words of one of the “Ethics Blues” showstoppers,

“Sing those Rules
Of Professional Conduct,
To a classic melody!”


Sample participant evaluation comments:

  • Entertaining and informative!”
  • Clever way to make a notoriously boring subject fun…good job!
  • Great presentation and knowledge of the subject
  • Fun, excellent presentation of a stultifying topic!
  • Very engaging…
  • Best ethics program I have ever attended!