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Professional Development

Recovering from Mistakes with Credibility and Confidence

Presented by Avery Blank, Dan DeFoe, and Kathy Morris

Note: This is not for CLE. Part of the free Career Development Series, a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


Mistakes happen all the time. It’s how you handle and learn from them that will set you apart. In this webinar presented by experts from the ABA Career Center, we explore:

  • Common lawyer mistakes and lessons to learn from them.
  • Dealing with mistakes early and well.
  • Handling the mistakes of others well, too.
  • Seeing red flags before, and recovering after, mistakes.
Deleting your mistakes.

Deleting your mistakes.


Avery M. Blank is a Legal & Policy Analyst for the Center for Health & Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. 

Dan DeFoe, a former in-house trial attorney for a large insurance company, currently practices law near Kansas City, MO. 

Kathy Morris (Moderator), FounderUnder Advisement, Ltd, Chicago, IL and New York, NY

Video and Materials

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Presentation materials for this webinar include:

  1. Presentation Slides
  2. Made a Mistake? Here is How to Recover and Keep Your Career Intact – Avery M. Blank
  3. Legal Practice Management Tip—Accountability: One Approach to Attorneys Handling Mistakes and Becoming a “Trusted Advisor” – Dan DeFoe