James R. Wrenn, Jr., Esq.

James R. Wrenn, Jr., Esq.

James R. Wrenn Jr. at WrennLaw.Com
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Lecturer Bio

James Wrenn Jr. Esq. is an attorney in Virginia.  He is admitted to practice in the Virginia Supreme Court, the lower courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, US District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Mr. Wrenn has been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 1972.  He worked as Counsel for the State Bar, as well as holding the position of Special Counsel.  Mr. Wrenn has been in private practice for over 35 years and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond Law School and the School of Business.  Mr. Wrenn has previously served as President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and has taught Continuing Legal Education courses since 1975 and was an editor and lecturer for Virginia Law Reports (VLR).  Mr. Wrenn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Richmond and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia Law School. 

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Ethics

Courses by James R. Wrenn, Jr., Esq.

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Assistance of Counsel - A Fundamental Right

Should indigent criminal defendants be provided counsel at trial?  The Preamble to the ABA Model Rules observes that equal access to our system of justice should be afforded all.  Such hasn’t…

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Attorney Fees - Ethics Issues

In this course, two of TRTCLE's feature lecturers, James R. Wrenn, Esq. and William D. Brown, Ph.D. provide an in-depth discussion of legal-fee issues among hourly, fixed, contingent, awarded, and quantum…

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Bench and Bar - Substance Abuse and Other Misjudgments

During this interactive panel discussion, feature lecturers, James Wrenn, Jr. Esq. and Dr. Brown focus on the toll depression takes on lawyers, with emphasis on Alzheimer’s.  Cases include lawyers…

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Digital Age Challenges to Legal Ethics

The Digital Age will pose continually increasingly difficult challenges to fundamental principles governing the attorney-client relationship and the practice of law.  This makes it imperative for…

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Digital Age Ethics and Pre-Digital Paradigms

This seminar focuses on legal ethics issues arising in the digital age and considers pre-digital-age paradigms as being among the types of analytical tools useful in deriving and applying suitable ethics…

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Ethical Competition

Most of the Rules of Professional Conduct intrinsically impose limitations upon, or requirements for, competition among lawyers as well as between lawyers and non-lawyers in the context of the judiciary's…

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Ethical Frontiers: New and Revisited

This course presents lecture materials and hypothetical scenarios to guide participants on an interactive intellectual journey into the digital frontier to focus in ways in which such frontier is challenging,…

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Ethical Paradigms in the Digital Era

The advent of the Digital Era triggered what has become, and for the foreseeable future will be, an evolutionary process characterized by increasingly rapid and dramatic changes in communications and…

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Ethical Problem-Solving Methodology

Applying the mind of a lawyer to solving ethics problems in common-sense ways within the boundaries of ethical standards is what one could call an “Ethics Workout”. With a focus on a series…

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Evolutionary View of Immigration Law

This compelling and relevant course, taught by feature lecturer Mr. James Wrenn, Esq., is designed to provide an extensive overview on Immigration Law. Due to the current political disagreements in the…

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Fifty Shades of Legal Ethics

This seminar presents lecture materials, hypothetical scenarios and cases to guide participants on an interactive intellectual journey into the evolution of modern standards of ethics governing sexual…

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How to Solve Ethics Problems

To best understand and most appropriately apply our modern legal ethics standards (the Rules of Professional Conduct as currently in effect in the various states, many of which made a variety of modifications…

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Immigration Matters, Green Cards, and Disciplinary Actions

In the first fundamental expansion of the right to counsel in 30 years, immigrant detainees facing removal who are mentally incompetent to represent themselves will be entitled to legal assistance at…

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Internet-Legal / Technological Evolution

The ever-changing Internet platform has caused a paradigm shift in the legal profession. As such, it is imperative that attorneys are kept up to par in the understanding of the evolution of technology.…

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Legal Ethics and Courtroom Decorum

Courtroom decorum is essential to both the appearance and the reality of the propriety of the profession. This seminar examines behavior inside and outside the courtroom using Model Rules, professional…

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Legal Ethics Evolution, Devolution, or Revolution

For the legal profession and the judiciary to appropriately respond to revolutionary challenges presented by technological and societal changes in the 21st Century (the pace of which changes will continue…

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Legal Ethics Nationwide: One Size Does Not Fit All

This seminar presents lecture materials to guide participants on an interactive intellectual journey into the evolution of modern standards of ethics governing sexual conduct by lawyers, sexual relations…

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Legal Ethics Real Problems

In this seminar, distinguished Legal Ethics Lecturer, James Wrenn, Jr., Esq., goes through numerous examples of "real" ethics issues that attorneys encounter every day.  In this interactive seminar…

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Maintaining Professionalism Amid Challenging Conundrums

Integrity is crucial to maintaining professionalism within the legal profession. Bar admission and disciplinary issues are intertwined with the study of law and bar admission. MR 8.1 (Bar admission…

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Methodology of Solving Legal Ethics Problems

To best understand and most appropriately apply our modern legal ethics standards (the Rules of Professional Conduct as currently in effect in the various states, many of which made a variety of modifications…

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Not for Prime Time - Avoiding Pitfalls and Learning from Lawyer Indiscretions

Aside from attorney-client sexual involvement, has any matter wreaked more havoc in the lives of attorneys and their clients? Come and explore cases including a lawyer sexually exploiting a mentally vulnerable…

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Pro Bono Service and Its Impact on the Billable Hour

Pro Bono – should it be made mandatory or remain aspirational? The issue is unique for in-house counsel and has vaulted to the forefront for all attorneys as New York now requires 50 hours of service…

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Sanctions - Wearing the Shoe that Fits

This riveting seminar focuses on determining appropriate sanctions. Though you may never have been sanctioned, how would you respond as a panel member charged with deciding which sanction to recommend…

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Substance Abuse or Substantive Abuse

This is a live, interactive seminar focusing on the effects of substance abuse on legal ethics as well as substantive abuse of legal ethics and/or professional discipline. How should the judiciary and…

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Substance Abuse, Suicide, and Misjudgments Plague the Profession

“Nothing is permanent in this world except change,” observed Heraclitus around 500 BC. Surely his observation applies to our era, with the current rash of attorney suicides and continued problems related…

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Technology, The Internet, and The Law

The Technological evolution and wide-ranging expansion of the Internet has radically impacted the legal profession. In this course, James Wrenn Jr., Esq., provides a comprehensive technological and legal…

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The Da Vinci Code of Scientific Evidence

In this course, feature lecturer, James Wrenn, Jr., Esq. provides a detailed explanation and understanding of the law and science of expert testimony. Mr. Wrenn discusses the historical aspects from the…

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The Inherent Conflict Between Free Speech and Intellectual Property

“Constitutional law, statutes, treaties, and common law provide the foundation for case-law reconciliation of intellectual-property rights on the one hand and free-speech rights on the other. In this…

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