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Negotiations: Stretching the Truth

  • September 07, 2022
  • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Butterfield Country Club | 2800 Midwest Road | Oak Brook IL


  • Non-members welcome for up to two meeting before application for membership is needed to continue to enjoy the benefits of the council.

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Negotiations: Stretching the Truth

Objectivity, Honesty, Advocacy, Lying, Exaggerating,
Credibility, Omission, Commission.
Ethical vs. Legal. - When Have You Crossed the Line?

Clifford Scott-Rudnick  

1.0 CLE General credit approved; PR/Legal Ethics credit APPROVED 9/20/22
1.0 CFP CE approval pending

CPA CPE attendance certificates provided

Whether you are negotiating a real estate deal, settling a criminal or civil litigation matter, working though pre-trial discovery, or an administrative traffic or school board matter, there are certain “stretches” of the truth that are allowed and others that will get you in ethical professional trouble, resulting in possible malpractice liability, court sanctions, attorney discipline, or all three.

This presentation will use hypotheticals, interactive discussions to help sort out just where the line is and how to avoid crossing over when negotiating not under oath. We will deal with the historic attorney concepts of puffing, objectivity, and truth and how they have changed in the 21st century.

Thank you to our sponsor

Clifford Scott-Rudnick has been a lawyer in Illinois for 43 years with membership in the Chicago, Du Page, Illinois, and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Center for Professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

Cliff was a full-time Assistant Professor at The John Marshall Law School from 2009 to 2018. He has taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Law Practice Management for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners, Trusts and Estates, and Legal Writing.

Scott-Rudnick appeared as an expert witness in February 2013 for the defense at the Rehearing Proceedings after former police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty of murder in Joliet, Illinois. Prior careers include union organizing, labor law and workers compensation practice, and bank trust officer.

7:15 a.m. full breakfast buffet
7:45 a.m. announcements, estate planing update, sponsor message
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. program

Please note: all registrations must be paid in advance. Cancellation with refund is available until 10:00 a.m. four business days in advance.  After deadline, you may request to transfer your registration to another individual by emailing 

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