Conference organizers in Ohio recently caught a lawyer skipping out of the last two hours of a CLE program, according to reports from a local bar association executive. Organizers said they were first suspicious of the lawyer, who said he was going to take a “smoke break” out back. The lawyer was known not to smoke. When the lawyer did not return before the beginning of the last two breakout sessions, organizers began searching conference facilities and ultimately found him surfing the internet at a coffee shop across the street.
Conference organizers would not release the name of the attorney or any further details, fearing copycat incidents at other CLE programs.
“We have not seen such a brazen disregard for CLE attendance since Thursday,” said one conference organizer, apparently referring to two lawyers who skipped out of a 1:00 breakout session during a tax law institute in Shaker Heights. Those lawyers were reportedly seen at a local Subway instead of at the institute.