Annual HBA Ethics Program

Legal Area:        Ethics Professional Responsibility Malpractice Liability
Session END DATE:        12/31/2024
Total CLE Hours:        3.00
Ethics Hrs Included:        3.00
Registration Fee:        $60.00
Information:        ONLY $30

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

This special online ethics presentation is designed to address legal issues in the subject area of Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Collections. This program will provide crucial insight and helpful tips on how to avoid conflicts and risk factors inherent in the practice of law, as well as how to protect your client, your law firm, and yourself from unseen vulnerabilities and insidious threats. This course features streaming video and downloadable audio presentations from a CLE seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on April 8, 2022.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Ethical Pitfalls in Family Law Practice

  • Spy Torts and Privacy Issues

  • “Access” and “Use” of Digital Information

  • Issues that Impact Mediation

  • Can You "Chinese Wall" an Attorney?

  • Ethical Issues Faced by Attorneys and Mediators in ADR

  • Ethics Rules that Govern and Guide the Mediation Process

  • Conflict of Interest in Mediation

  • Scope and Objectives of Representation (in, during, and after Mediation)

  • Confidentiality of Information in Mediation

  • Ethics in Debt Collection

  • Beginning Your Representation Ethically – the Fee Agreement

  • Complex Cases / Communication with a Debtor

  • Proving Attorney’s Fees in Collection Process

  • Pre- and Post-Judgment Collections Efforts

  • Settlement Agreements

  • Speakers:

    Laura Dale, Laura Dale & Associates, P.C. Education: J.D., South Texas College of Law; Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, Doctoral Degree in Neuroscience and Master's Degree in Psychophysiology. Laura is also a certified mediator, a certified collaborative law attorney, and a certified parenting coordinator under the Texas parenting coordinator statute. In addition to her extensive published works, Laura Dale's honors and awards include: Texas Super Lawyer (2013-2019) and Best Lawyers (2019-2020).  More information may be found on her firm's website.

    Sherra V. Gilbert, Gilbert Law Firm, LLP. Education: J.D., University of Houston Law Center. Sherra is a bilingual Trial Attorney-Mediator offering mediation services in support of a wide-range of simple to complex multi-party civil litigation disputes. Her experience in the legal industry spans 15+ years primarily as first chair counsel. She is a multi-faceted, pragmatic negotiator with substantial experience at the federal and state level.  More information may be found on her firm's website.

    M.H. “Butch” Cersonsky, Cersonsky & McAnelly, P.C. Education: J.D., University of Houston; M.A., Rice University. M. H. “Butch” Cersonsky has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law. His practice areas include commercial and consumer collections, appellate, complex business litigation, judgment enforcement and creditor’s rights, such as distressed debt and recovery on promissory notes. Butch has represented the Department of Justice (DOJ) as private counsel since 1988, obtaining judgments on thousands of cases on behalf of the DOJ.  More information may be found on his firm's website.

    Cortland Timm, Cersonsky & McAnelly, P.C. Education: J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law. Cortland’s practice areas include commercial and consumer collections, business litigation, Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) violations, fraud, recovery of personal and real property collateral, and foreclosures. Cortland also assists landlords with drafting lease agreements, commercial and residential evictions, and other related real property disputes.  More information 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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