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Online CLE Courses | Jim Blackburn Seminars

These online courses are informal and chock full of stories and thoughts about my time as an attorney, both good and bad and all that has flowed from those times. These fully approved CLE hours give you the opportunity to take courses from the privacy of your own office, home or really anywhere at any time. You are in total control of when you view them. Whether it be Ethics and Professionalism or Mental Health, you can get it all here.

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The list of courses below are purchased individually.

NEW! Resilience And Well Being In 2021

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: The Greek legend of the Phoenix is the story of a giant beautiful bird that dies, and out of the ashes, a new and even more beautiful bird is reborn.  That is the story of resilience.  How to hold on, and in many cases, start over is the challenge to everyone, including everyone in the legal profession.

The attorney or paralegal who best knows how to do this, both personally and with clients, is well on the way to success. The idea of well being, of enjoying your life and career, of having purpose, is, I think, what we all want.

If not this year…when? This program is an in depth search of how best to ultimately meet that moment…now. It is a thought provoking study of what is important to you in your life and career and how to accomplish that.

And most importantly, if you have ever been knocked down, how to get yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

NEW! When Adversity Strikes...And It Will

Category: Ethics, Professionalism, Mental Health
Course Description: In May, 2014, at the graduation exercises at Wake Forest University, the speaker was to be the Executive Editor of the New York Times. But before she could speak, she was fired. Still, Jill Abramson showed up, spoke and just before getting one of the loudest and longest standing ovations for her address, told the graduates that day that they would face challenges and adversity in their lives ahead. They would get knocked down a series of times. The question was whether they would recover. She told them they would have to get back up and show what they were made of.

This program is a study of responding to adversity of your own or that of your client, law firm or family. It is a study of doing just that. The last hour, dealing with depression and mental health in today’s world, is no different. Fighting depression and mental health issues can challenge you immensely. But you can over come it. You can get better. This is the final hour.
Duration/Credit(s): Ethics and Professionalism - 2 Hours, Mental - 1 Hour
Pricing: $170.00

Commas And Periods In The Practice Of Law

Category: Ethics, Professionalism, Mental Health
Course Description: Gracie Allen wrote her husband George Burns a note that he opened shortly after her death that read in essence, “George, do not put a period where God has only put a comma.” She thought he should continue and find a new life. I believe that is what all of us, including those of you in the legal profession as well as your clients, want and need as well.

 

Clients want HOPE or a PLAN B or a SECOND CHANCE as they face legal challenges. Those professionals who recognize and offer this will be the ones most likely to succeed. Join us for an open and wide ranging discussion of why and how to do this, not only for clients but also for yourself as well. You will want to learn to think in commas and not periods and enjoy your life and career so much more.
Duration/Credit(s): Ethics and Professionalism - 2 Hours, Mental - 1 Hour
Pricing: $170.00

Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (1)

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: Watch and listen to five prominent North Carolina lawyers tell about their careers, their successes, the challenges they faced, what they would do differently and how they view the practice of law today. Jim Parish from Fayetteville, Carter Lambeth from Wilmington, Tony Copeland from Raleigh, David Ward from New Bern, and Dick Horgan from Wilmington all open up to you.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (2)

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: Watch and listen to four prominent North Carolina lawyers tell about their careers, their successes, the challenges they faced, what they would do differently, and how they view the practice of law today. Allen Thomas from Wilson, Gerald Hayes from Dunn, Bob Whitley from Raleigh, and Herman Gaskins from Washington all open up to you.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

NEW! Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (3)

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: Watch and listen to four prominent North Carolina lawyers tell about their careers, their successes and the challenges they faced. Hear Michael Schmidt, a long time state prosecutor talk about ethically seeking justice for victims of crime, one of which he chronicles in a highly successful book, Geoff Hulse tell of his very effective criminal defense practice in Goldsboro and his own personal challenges, Sarah Miranda, a well known and successful attorney in family law in Fayetteville give you insight as to how she handles the stresses of that practice, and then Wade Smith thinking back on an almost sixty year legal career, touching on some of the highlights of his time, including Duke lacrosse and Jeffrey MacDonald. What he views as one of his most successful cases will surprise you.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

NEW! Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (4)

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: Watch and listen to four more additional prominent North Carolina lawyers tell about their careers, their successes and the challenges they faced and still face today. Hear Alan Schneider, a long time representative and advocate for lawyers with issues before the North Carolina State Bar give insights as to how to stay out of trouble, and have a happy law practice, Rick Gammon, a very successful criminal defense attorney in both state and federal courts as well as a past Chairman of the Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission talks of his practice and how lawyers can have a better relationship with their client, and also stay away from that Commission, Chekesha Hukins, for the past 22 years an Assistant District Attorney in New Bern, now a very excellent drug prosecutor talks about those she prosecutes and the lawyers she faces, including her take on criminal law and finally Rufus Edmisten, takes you back in time with the Watergate Select Committee, and Sen. Sam Ervin, being North Carolina’s Attorney General and Secretary of State, now in private practice, his work with the Super Kids and of course his gardening.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

Finding Resilience In Your Life And Career

Category: Ethics, Mental Health
Course Description: Finding Resilience in your Life and Career is an in-depth discussion of learning how to find resilience in both your career in the legal profession and your life as well. Of all the things we have to do, starting over again, from whatever basis, can be one of the most daunting things to accomplish. It is often hard to put one foot in front of the other. But from my own experiences these last years, I have found this journey to be rewarding and promising if you learn the art of well-being. More specifically, it is amazing how the simple but, sometimes difficult to do, traits of kindness, persistence, keeping your promises, and just showing up can help you remake yourself and what you do. This program also contains one hour of Mental Health study, in addition to two hours of Ethics, and is devoted to a discussion of depression, something that has been described in a New York Times column as "an illness hidden with a smile".
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

Stupid Has Consequences... So Does Hope

Category: Ethics
Course Description: Stupid has Consequences is something we learned when we were young, but some of us forgot a bit when we got older. At least I did. But if making mistakes can cause a change in our lives and careers, so too can hope. So this is an optimistic journey in how to handle adversity, how to survive it, and how to start over. As the late Gracie Allen once wrote to her husband, George Burns, just before she died, "Do not put a period where God has only placed a comma." In today's world, that means always trying again, living in the present, doing your best, being prepared, learning a new humility, and not forgetting to laugh.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

Starting Over Today

Category: Ethics
Course Description: Starting Over Today reflects my belief that anyone can restart a life or career or just a bad day or week at any time. It is never too late, and one is never too old. The only thing holding anyone back is the willingness to try and to never give up. Always remember not to put a period where God has only placed a comma.
Duration/Credit(s): 2 Hours
Pricing: $135.00

Hiding In Plain Sight

Category: Mental Health
Course Description: Hiding In Plain Sight is a one hour mental health program that gets its name from the truth that depression is all around us, often hiding with a smile. Learn more about this insidious but treatable illness, and how you can fight back.
Duration/Credit(s): 1 Hour
Pricing: $80.00

Good To Great

Category: Ethics
Course Description: Good To Great is the story of how anyone, paralegal or attorney, can be great in the legal profession in the representation of clients. All you have to do is make a promise that when the client leaves you, he or she is in a better position than when you first started to help them. It is a result oriented formula for success that will make you smile.
Duration/Credit(s): 2 Hours
Pricing: $135.00

A Conversation With Wade Smith And Alan Schneider

Category: Ethics
Course Description: Wade is one of the preeminent attorneys in North Carolina, whom I first met in the spring of 1979 when he became one of Jeffrey MacDonald’s defense attorneys. We were opponents, on the same side in other cases and finally, he became one of my attorneys in 1993. This brief conversation with him is a glimpse inside what makes attorneys great. He is unmatched. Alan Schneider is simply the best attorney in North Carolina to represent other lawyers when they encounter legal and ethical difficulties. Alan is at his best here gently telling everyone how to stay out of trouble.
Duration/Credit(s): 1 Hour
Pricing: $80.00

Whipping Up Justice

Category: Mental Health
Course Description: Whipping Up Justice is the national award winning result of a collaboration between the South Carolina Bar and myself. A retired District Court Judge, who loves to cook, teaches me to cook cornbread and chili, and we talk about my story in an upbeat format with the South Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Counsel. You get CLE credit and a cooking lesson all at the same time.
Duration/Credit(s): 1 Hour
Pricing: $80.00

Night Falls Fast

Category: Mental Health
Course Description: Depression in all its forms can come into you at any time and any age. It is presently considered to be the leading cause for suicides in this country. It can cripple your life and destroy your career. But it does not have to be that way. Depression can be successfully treated, and you can be mae well. For some it takes medication and therapy. For others it takes a change in life style. For me it took all of these. In this hour, I talk about overcoming this illness and regaining the balance in your life.
Duration/Credit(s): 1 Hour
Pricing: $80.00

Venus And Mars

Category: Ethics
Course Description: I wish that I had known as an attorney what I learned as a client. From being scared and uncertain of the future, not knowing the way out of a legal and ethical mess, I found that the two things clients want most are hope and empathy followed with a good dollop of Plan B. The folks who figure that out will be by far the most successful and be remembered well by their clients. I go into much detail in this in depth seminar, fresh from the point of view of the client.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

The Other Side Of The Curtain

Category: Mental Health
Course Description: The Other Side of the Curtain video is a never before seen in North Carolina program I did several years ago in Kiawah, South Carolina for the North and South Carolina Probate Conference specifically on mental health issues. It is a very personal walk through of my experiences of depression and how I learned how to come out the other side to recovery. But it is a real trip to a side of life so many people know all too well.
Duration/Credit(s): 1 Hours
Pricing: $80.00

Just For Attorneys And Paralegals

Category: Ethics, Professionalism
Course Description: Attorneys and Paralegals – Why did you become a lawyer or paralegal? What is it that you want to accomplish? Is your career everything you thought it would be? This three hour program examines those and many more questions as I also talk about keeping or regaining the passion in your career. Learning to fight the immense pressure of being successful in the legal profession is an always constant struggle. Take this course and perhaps get some new ideas for your future.
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

Course Bundles

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The list of bundles below allow for the bulk purchase of given courses.

Course Bundle #1
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Course 1: Starting Over Today
Course 2: Hiding In Plain Sight
Categories: Ethics, Mental Health
Duration/Credit(s): 3 Hours
Pricing: $170.00

 

Course Bundle #2
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Course 1: Starting Over Today
Course 2: Hiding In Plain Sight
Course 3: Good To Great
Course 4: A Conversation With Wade Smith And Alan Schneider
Categories: Ethics, Mental Health
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

Course Bundle #3
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Course 1: Venus And Mars
Course 2: Just For Attorneys And Paralegals
Categories: Ethics, Professionalism
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

Course Bundle #4
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Course 1: Finding Resilience In Your Life And Career
Course 2: Stupid Has Consequences... So Does Hope
Categories: Ethics, Mental Health
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

Course Bundle #5
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Course 1: Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (1)
Course 2: Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (2)
Categories: Ethics, Professionalism
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

Course Bundle #6
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Course 1: Resilience And Well Being In 2021
Course 2: When Adversity Strikes...And It Will
Categories: Ethics, Professionalism, Mental Health
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

Course Bundle #7
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Course 1: Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (3)
Course 2: Stories From The Road - Interviews With Prominent NC Lawyers (4)
Categories: Ethics, Professionalism
Duration/Credit(s): 6 Hours
Pricing: $235.00

 

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