June 24, 2020 – The Bonehead Play – Avoiding Costly Errors

Sponsored by Mesa CLE

Date: June 24, 2020
Time: 1 – 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Cost: $62.50
Credit Approval: 1 CLE Credit including 1 Ethics Credit


On September 23, 1908, rookie New York Giants first baseman Fred Merkle made a base-running error that cost his team a chance at the World Series. While just a minor error in judgment, this “bonehead play” had a profound impact on Merkle’s career and legacy. Furthermore, it started a cascade of events that tested the honesty, character and professionalism of his teammates and opponents.

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, master storyteller and legal scholar Professor Mark Yochum will use this infamous tale as a backdrop to demonstrate how lawyers can avoid committed their own bonehead plays and how we should conduct ourselves in the event of the inevitable errors made by ourselves, colleagues and opposing parties.

Mark Yochum, J.D.
is Professor of Law at Duquesne, specializing in bankruptcy and professional responsibility. Over the last three decades, he has presented or organized over 200 continuing legal education programs for the Allegheny County Bar Association, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Internal Revenue Service and many others. He launched Duquesne University School of Law’s continuing legal education program and coordinated CLE programming from 1993 to 2012.

Professor Yochum is not only known for his substantive expertise but his flair for the dramatic. He has been involved in more than 60 regional theater productions. Moreover, he has emceed more than 75 events for the law school, bar associations, and charitable groups.




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