Best practices for lawyer, client communication topic of UC College of Law lecture

Marjorie Aaron, professor of practice and director of the Center for Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, will discuss strategies and skills for lawyer-client communication that ensure the client’s interests and the law are respected in her lecture “Lawyers’ Best Hard Challenge: Fully Informed, Wise, and Loyal Clients.” This event, the 2020 Harold C. Schott lecture, will be held at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, via WebEx . CLE: Approved in OH and KY for 1.0 credit.  Registration deadline: Oct. 23.  

About the lecture

Advice and counsel, trust, clarity, analysis, advocacy, choices, wisdom, meaning, perspective, reality . . . lawyers’ communication with clients is constructed upon these nouns. Counseling a client well, to a wise decision that respects the law and our client’s interests and values, is the lawyer’s hardest work. Drawing from years of professional work—as a litigator,  a mediator and an educator, Professor Aaron will offer insights from her research, writing, teaching, and practice on strategies and skills for lawyer-client communication. The program will highlight ways to work with client emotion, psychology, and how to discuss complex legal analysis and difficult legal realities, while maintaining client trust and confidence.

About the lecturer

Professor Marjorie Aaron

Professor Marjorie Aaron

Marjorie Corman Aaron is Professor of Practice and director of the Center for Practice at the College of Law where she teaches client counseling, negotiation, decision analysis, trial practice, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Aaron is the author of "Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities" (Oxford 2012) and "Risk and Rigor: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients" (DRI Press 2019), and numerous articles, chapters, simulations, and videos. Her websites, clientsciencecourse.com and riskandrigor.com, provide course materials and resources for educators and lawyers in client counseling and decision analysis.

Aaron has mediated and arbitrated disputes involving employment, business tort, contracts, and fraud, real estate, products liability, personal injury, and financial sector issues. Formerly executive director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and senior mediator at Endispute, Inc. (now JAMS), Aaron practiced as a litigator at Goodwin Procter and an A.D.A in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University.

About the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today, Cincinnati Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law. For more information about the College of Law, visit www.law.uc.edu.