Jim Blackburn on Ethics, Professionalism and Mental Health


Video Replay at the MCB Center


Friday, December 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



CLE Credit:

3.0 Total Hours (2.0 Ethics + 1.0 Mental Health/Substance Abuse)



$175 Attorney Rate

$90 Paralegal Rate



MCB Center

438 Queens Road


Special Info:

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: CLE Training         


Jim Blackburn, former NC Special Deputy Attorney General, First Assistant United States Attorney for Eastern NC, United States Attorney May 1980 to Sept 1981.  Blackburn served as lead prosecutor in the trial of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters.  Blackburn was disbarred in 1993 for violating ethics rules, and continues to share his story and teaching CLE.


9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 I Was From Venus & My Attorneys Were From Mars (Ethics)

An Ethics and Professionalism program for lawyers and paralegals based upon Blackburn's experience as a client. The difference between a good and a great lawyer is one who can make a client's situation, no matter how difficult or desperate, better at the end than at the beginning.  Working from the principle of "since no one has died, it can all be fixed", my lawyers of Wade Smith and Rick Gammon started on what turned out to be a year long project in saving myself, in many ways from myself.  We started at opposite ends of the legal spectrum.  I had been a lawyer and one of their friends and peers. In a moment, it was no more and learning to trust them, not as associates but as my attorneys, took a leap of faith that faltered at times but, in the end, was essential.  Gaining my trust and confidence so that I would take their advice, against all my wishes, is taking Venus and moving it much closer to Mars.  How did they do that?  Their advice and help, all those years ago, still remains a guiding star to terrific legal representation.  I will tell you what I learned from these two great lawyers.


11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Night Falls Fast (Mental Health)

A one hour story of depression, mental illness and the ever lurking threat of suicide in everyday life and in the legal profession in particular. The issues of mental illness, depression and even suicide are topics few people enjoy discussing.  Yet, they are all alive and happening to some of us every day.  Blackburn is someone who became very ill, suffered major depression, was hospitalized for a short time, thought about suicide and ultimately rejected it. He tells you his story, and what he remembers from the darkest time in his life.  By shining a bright light in a very personal and dark corner, he discusses the symptoms of depression that can be seen in the legal profession and suggests answers to this struggle.



Download Registration form here and return via:

Fax: 704/333-6209

Mail: 438 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

Phone: 704/375-8624