Live CLE Seminars | Jim Blackburn Seminars

For over eighteen years, I have held countless seminars, live webcasts and speaking presentations for Continuing Legal Education credits (not counting online on demand programs to most everywhere) to people all over North Carolina, but also to people in a number of other states, including, but not limited to, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and even in faraway places such as Kentucky, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arizona.

All of these presentations have had a similar theme of facing adversity and how to find out a way back as I have used my own experiences in life as the pretext for my ideas and thoughts. But I have learned much from everyone I have met along the way, and it is because of what you and many others have said and spoken at these events that I have been able to keep everything fresh and still, although the programs seem like some of the same stories, they are often done with a different take or twist.

Everyone faces adversity. It is a part of life, both professionally and personally. Sometimes more than once. The question for you is what do you do when that happens. You know you are supposed to get back up and start over, hopefully better than before. But to make those thoughts and words more than just that, you need to think how you can and will do that. You need a plan.

A long time ago, I faced serious adversity after a lifetime of accomplishment. Most all that I had done well in my life was put in jeopardy and the rest was simply gone forever. Almost immediately with the help of family, friends and professional help, I did in fact figure out how to start over. While everyone’s situation is different, in the years since that time, I have learned there are several immovable principles that are the key to survival and a new beginning. Such ideas as never giving up, persistence, truthfulness, humility, faith and even humor all play a major role in putting one foot in front of the other.

I did not initially believe in the ravages of serious depression or even the practice of psychiatry. I thought that if I smiled and was pleasant enough, all would be well. Well, that thinking was dead wrong. The title and thoughts of the Mental Health Hour is An Illness Hidden with a Smile. But while talking about falling into depression, I also want to share with you how I recovered from it and how, I think, you can as well.

The Ethics portion of the morning program is Facing Adversity. The afternoon session is about the choices you make in your career and personal life, titled Oh, the Choices You will Make.

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Attorney Pricing

Duration Early Bird (8 or > days prior) Regular
3 Hours $225.00 $240.00
6 Hours $320.00 $340.00
1 Hour (mental health) $110.00 $120.00

Paralegal Pricing

Duration Early Bird (8 or > days prior) Regular
3 Hours $185.00 $195.00
6 Hours $270.00 $285.00

Facing Adversity

It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it is about getting back up that matters most. Everyone gets knocked down, but everyone does not get back up. This is a three hour program about how to do that . It is about not giving up. It is about putting one foot in front of the other. Finally, it is about the illness of depression that can happen to anyone and often does, and how to survive it and start over. It is about being happy again. It is about once again making the most of now.

Duration/Credit(s): Ethics and Professionalism - 2 Hours, Mental - 1 Hour
Schedule: 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM



Oh, The Choices You Will Make

Life is about choices…every day. You get to decide what you will do, how you will act and how you will likely be remembered. The choices of right and wrong, left and right, are there for you all the time. It is all up to you. There are lots of temptations in the legal profession. This program is an in-depth look at the choices you face all too often, and how to make the right ones for you and your career.

Duration/Credit(s): Ethics and Professionalism - 3 Hours
Schedule: 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM



CLE courses may at times be canceled. In the event that a course is canceled, we will notify registered participants at least 48 hours in advance of the course date. Upon a cancellation, attendees may:

  1. Request attendance at another class in the future,
  2. Request an Online version of the course, or
  3. Receive a full refund of the course fees.


Attendee Cancellation Policy
It is understandable that an attendee may from time to time want to cancel their course registration. If we are notified at least 48 hours in advance of the course, we will:

  1. Reschedule the attendee at a future course, or
  2. Refund 80% of their course fees.


Cancellations beyond this deadline will receive no refund of their fees.

We reserve the right to modify this cancellation policy at a future date.

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