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10/28: CONCURRENT SESSION: Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership

October 28, 2020 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


90 Minutes of Ethics CLE



10/28: Professionalism, Ethics, and Leadership: Show Kindness to Yourself, Your Colleagues, and Your Opposition

Moderator: Dahlia George, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO, Alexandria, VA (invited)


Ariel Cudkowicz, Seyfarth Shaw, Boston, MA
Karen Morita, Foley Hoag, Boston, MA
Lauren Tapper, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP, New York, NY
Courtney Wylie, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, Los Angeles, CA

A joint program of the Committee on the Profession and the Law Practice Management Committees


  • Dahlia George square 200 George, Dahlia

    USPTO, Office of Enrollment and Discipline | Staff Attorney

    Dahlia George first joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in January 2005 as a Trademark Examining Attorney. In January 2008, she joined the USPTO Office of General Law where she investigated and prosecuted EEOC complaints, grievances, and Merit Systems Protection Bureau appeals. She also responded to subpoenas for Government witnesses and documents, investigated Federal Tort Claims Act claims and IG inquiries, and handled Reasonable Accommodation requests for legal sufficiency. In addition, she was the USPTO FOIA Officer. Since January 2011 to the present, she has served at the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline where she investigates grievances and complaints alleging misconduct by patent and trademark practitioners; conducts moral character and “fitness to practice” applications for individuals seeking registration before the USPTO; and heads the Diversion Pilot Program for impaired practitioners.
  • Wylie PicSquare200 Wylie, Courtney

    Faegre Drinker | Attorney Development Manager

    Courtney Wylie is a member of the Learning and Development team at Faegre Drinker. In this position, she oversees all attorney development and training and CLE, focusing on leadership and professionalism topics. She also works with the HR Department in designing and running the firmwide well-being program. Recently, Courtney was elected as an American Bar Foundation Fellow in recognition of her dedication and work to improve the legal profession.
  • Tapper Bio Square200 Tapper, Lauren

    Kramer Levin | Director of Legal Recruiting and Diversity

    In her role as director of legal recruiting and diversity, Lauren Tapper works with firm leadership to develop and implement Kramer Levin’s strategic recruiting and diversity initiatives.
  • Morita, Karen200 Morita, Karen

    Foley Hoag | Director of Human Resources

    Karen Morita leads Foley Hoag’s human resources function. She is committed to supporting the business strategy, objectives and values of the firm by providing services that address the firm’s business challenges and, promotes a work environment that is characterized by fair treatment of all people, open communications, personal accountability, trust and mutual respect.
  • Cudkowicz Bio square200 Cudkowicz, Ariel D.

    Seyfarth | Partner

    Ariel partners with clients to manage day-to-day workplace challenges and design solutions that align with company business goals and culture. When litigation is necessary, he aggressively defends his clients.