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2020 Ethics & Civility in the Practice of Law

Total Credits: 2.0 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 0.0 Elimination of Bias, 2.0 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Ethics |  General Practice
Audio and Video
Access for 1 year(s) after program date.


This seminar is an online rebroadcast of a previously recorded program. To participate, you listen and view online. 

Originally presented on March 19, 2020, by Hon. W. Duane BentonUnited States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Kansas City; Keith A. Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City and Alan D. Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City 

Can you practice with civility and still be a zealous advocate? 

Join our distinguished panel as they discus timely, tough, and thought-provoking issues of ethics and civility in the practice of law, review pertinent provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and explore ideas for building collegiality in the legal profession. 


  • The importance of a lawyer’s reputation  
  • Changes in the practice of law  
  • Practicing in a society where civility is under attack  
  • Do the Rules of Professional Conduct require civility?  
  • Civility in dealings with the judiciary  
  • Ethics & civility among lawyers in a litigation practice & a non-litigation practice  
  • Impact of incivility on public perception & the profession  
  • Providing zealous advocacy in a civil manner  
  • Strategies for developing a collegial & civil practice 

Rebroadcast Moderators:
June 22 | Laurel Stevenson, Haden, Cowherd & Bullock, Springfield
June 30 | Ashley Repp, The Repp Law Firm LLC, Lenexa, KS



Hon. W. Duane Benton's Profile

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United States Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit

Judge Benton became a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, in 2004. He previously served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 13 years (including two years as Chief Justice). He graduated from Northwestern University (with highest honors) and Yale Law School (serving as Law Journal managing editor).

Keith Cutler's Profile

Keith Cutler Related seminars and products: 1

James W. Tippin & Associates

Keith Cutler is a trial attorney with the law firm of James W. Tippin & Associates in Kansas City, and has practiced in the areas of commercial, construction, general liability, and insurance defense litigation for over 30 years.  He is a frequent CLE speaker on trial practice, ethics, and professionalism.

Alan Pratzel's Profile

Alan Pratzel Related seminars and products: 2

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007. In his position with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel oversees the investigation and disposition of all complaints against lawyers in the State of Missouri. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pratzel served for twenty-two years as a Special Representative for the Region X and XI Disciplinary Committees in St. Louis. Mr. Pratzel is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Sara Rittman's Profile

Sara Rittman Related seminars and products: 2

Attorney General's Office

Sara Rittman is an Assistant Attorney General, unit leader, and serves on the office's Professional Responsibility Committee. She practiced legal ethics and attorney discipline law for 26 years, including private practice, as Missouri's first Legal Ethics Counsel, and at OCDC. She was an AAG from 1981-1993 in the licensing unit. 

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