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Webinar: Can you Believe This? Unusual De­fenses in Disciplinary Matters

  • October 16, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Can you Believe This? Unusual De­fenses in Disciplinary Matters

A favorite phrase in NOBC is “you can’t make this stuff up!” This lively panel discussion will focus on the creative, unusual, occasionally hilarious and some­times sad, defenses that have been raised in disciplinary cases over the years. The focus of this course is twofold. First, how we address unusual or novel defens­es. Second, how we maintain the focus on misconduct despite the defense.

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  • Ramona Mariani (PA) Ramona Mariani is Disciplinary Counsel in the Trooper office of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”). Ramona has worked for ODC for over twelve years, and is responsible for investigating and prosecuting lawyers accused of violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. Prior to joining ODC, Ramona worked for both a defense firm and a plaintiff’s firm handling primarily complex civil litigation with an emphasis on securities law. Ramona participates in continuing legal education courses for a variety of practice areas focusing on requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Ramona graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Magna Cum Laude, in 1989 and from Villanova Law School, Magna Cum Laude, in 1996.
  • Caroline Bednar (AR) is a staff attorney for the Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct and has been with the Office since December 2013.  Prior to joining the Office of Professional Conduct, she worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Pulaski County, where she prosecuted a range of criminal cases from misdemeanors to violent felony cases. She is a graduate of Lyon College and the University of Arkansas School of Law. 
  • Nelson Page (AK) graduated from Georgetown University Law Center cum laude in 1978, where he was on the Board of Editors of the Georgetown Law Journal. He clerked for the honorable Warren W. Matthews, Associate Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and then joined the Anchorage law firm of Burr, Pease and Kurtz. His practice included regular representation of professionals in malpractice litigation. He was with the firm for 38 years and then became Bar Counsel for the Alaska State Bar in 2017. He served on the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar from 2013-2016 and was president of the Board in 2015-16. He is a frequent speaker on ethics issues.

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