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Emotional Intelligence, the Law, and Professionalism: A Practical Introduction

Speaker(s): Dan DeFoe, Rob Durr
Recorded on: Feb. 11, 2015
PLI Program #: 133882

Dan DeFoe, JD, MS, solo practitioner, owner and lead blogger at Psycholawlogy, and owner and lead consultant at the organization development consulting firm, Adlitem Solutions, is a working lawyer based in the Kansas City, Missouri area who has over 20 years experience in the legal trenches. For over 12 years, he worked as an in-house corporate litigation and trial attorney personally handling and resolving high stakes, emotionally charged litigation matters in various trial and appellate courts. His wide-ranging legal experience includes two years as appellate judicial law clerk, over 5 years as a solo practitioner, and over 12 years as an in-house corporate trial attorney. Serving as lead trial counsel, Dan has tried over 70 civil cases to verdict. These and other matters which he has successfully resolved range from simple fender-bender accidents to carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, catastrophic personal injury to the very nuanced, contract-based insurance dispute claims. Additionally, for over 17 years Dan has served as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for his state bar’s public service program for resolving attorney-client fee disputes. Dan has fulfilled qualification requirements to serve as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, and has qualified under Supreme Court rule to serve as a mediator in Missouri state courts. He also has earned an M.S. degree in organizational development psychology. Dan’s Master of Science degree educationally qualifies him to purchase, administer, interpret, and provide confidential feedback about the results from leading scientifically validated emotional intelligence assessments. These assessments include the EQ-i 2.0, the world leading self-report assessment, and the MSCEIT, the leading ability-based emotional intelligence assessment. Dan enjoys speed walking half-marathons, learning about normal personality, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and human potential and effectiveness and how applied behavioral science concepts and principles can help lawyers and judges personally and professionally, and spending time with his family, including his two grandchildren.

Rob Durr, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Northwestern University. Dr. Durr is a Psychologist at the School of Law at Northwestern where he provides individual and group therapy for law students as well as wellness and performance enhancement trainings. He is also a Lecturer at the Law school and will be teaching the first Emotional Intelligence (EI) course at the law school this fall. Dr. Durr also maintains an active research program and runs a private practice in the Chicago metro area where he provides individual and organizational psychology services for the legal profession.