Professionalism: A Re-Affirmation of Why We Do What We Do

Legal Area:        Ethics Professional Responsibility Malpractice Liability
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        1.50
Registration Fee:        $30.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        10/31/2021
Information:        LAST CHANCE $15

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **

The practice of law should be a satisfying and rewarding career ... and yet, we are inundated with reports of a decline in professionalism and an increase in career dissatisfaction among lawyers. This seminar will provide helpful steps that every attorney can take to foster a sense that practicing law for a living can be satisfying, worthwhile, and enjoyable while still sustaining the professionalism that has historically defined the practice of law. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar on this topic that was originally conducted by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on February 03, 2017.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

    • The Meaning of Professionalism

    • Self-Regulation

    • New York Lawyer's Code

    • The Texas Lawyer's Creed & Obligation

    • Lawyer as Public Citizen

    • Professionalism in Practice

Speaker: James A. Reeder, Jr., a Partner with the firm of Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.  Mr. Reeder has extensive experience litigating antitrust and complex commercial cases. His antitrust practice extends to many industries, including the chemical, health care, commercial aviation, energy, and entertainment industries. He has advised clients on, and tried cases involving, claims of price-fixing, group boycott, exclusive dealing, tying, monopolization, discriminatory pricing, and conspiracy. Mr. Reeder has also handled matters and tried cases involving claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, and violations of federal and state securities laws. He was one of the leaders of the trial team that successfully developed the current law on material adverse effect clauses in mergers.

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1989
Harvard University, A.B. with honors, 1984

Chambers USA, Antitrust (Texas), 2010−2017
Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust, 2009 and 2012−2017
The Best Lawyers in America©
(Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation−Mergers & Acquisitions (Houston), 2013 and 2017
The Best Lawyers in America©
(Woodward/White, Inc.), Antitrust Law, 2005−2017; Commercial Litigation, 2011−2017; Litigation–Mergers & Acquisitions, 2014—2017
Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" in Texas, 2012−2018
Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2004–2017
Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Houstonia Magazine's Top Lawyers list, 2016
Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.); Competition, 2016

An extensive biography for Mr. Reeder may be found on his firm's website.


This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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