Show Me the Ethics Webinar Explores Ethical Billing Practices

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Attorney Bruce Weyhrauch manages his own practice in Alaska, and was awarded the American Bar Association’s Sole Practitioner of the Year Award in 2001. In addition to his work at the law firm, Bruce Weyhrauch is admitted to the District Court for the Alaska District, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Court of Claims, the US Supreme Court, and is a member of the American and Alaska Bar Associations. The association administers a variety of webinars on ethics, such as Show Me the Ethics!

The webinar explores the subject of ethical billing and collection practices in the legal profession. Presented by legal humorist Sean Carter, it addresses the ethical principles underlying the proper use of retainers, the necessity of written fee agreements, and the correct handling of fee disputes and nonpayment of fess.

Discussions will also cover the advertising restrictions for free consultations and the importance of avoiding excessive and unreasonable fees. Additionally, Carter will pull from his experiences with current and past nominees for his Ethy Awards to provide concrete examples of unethical behavior. The webinar takes place July 26, 2017.

A Look at the Toastmasters International Speech Contests

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Toastmasters International
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Bruce Weyhrauch is an experienced attorney in Juneau, Alaska. Alongside his professional responsibilities, Bruce Weyhrauch is involved with Toastmasters International, an organization that provides leadership and communication development and challenges people to become impassioned, motivating speakers.

Toastmasters promotes speech excellence in part through holding competitions throughout the year. In any given year, thousands of people participate in these contests, which are held at the area, division, and district levels. All districts hold an International contest, during which individuals have five to seven minutes to talk about any subject. The contest includes a semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Toastmasters members may also compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, and Table Topics competitions. Humorous speeches must be thematic, with an opening, body, and close, as opposed to a monologue. The Evaluation competition includes a two- or three-minute speech in criticism of a test speech. The Tall Tales competition focuses on improbable and exaggerated topics, while Table Topics involves an impromptu speech on a given subject.

The Sync Program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

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Sync Program
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Based in Juneau, Alaska, Bruce Weyhrauch is an experienced attorney with a focus on government affairs, regulation, and litigation. Dedicated to giving back, Bruce Weyhrauch has spent two years on the board of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), which teams with at-risk youth to provide them with adult role models. BBBS of Alaska maintains a number of specialized programs for children with specific needs, including the Sync initiative.

Sync ensures that young people in the foster care system receive the support and guidance they need to achieve great things. Through the program, children in foster care are matched with an adult mentor, who provides a strong sense of stability as they move through the system and eventually graduate. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services provides funding to the Sync program to ensure that young people have support, especially as they age out of care.

Youth in foster care tend to have fewer resources and lesser support networks than other adolescents. Some may bounce between homes and start to feel lost. BBBS provides at least a small sense of consistency, and a person that each child can call on in times of need. Mentors serve as personal advocates, friends, and more, to ensure that participants know they always have someone rooting for them.

The Foundation for End of Life Care Supports Essential Services

Foundation for End of Life Care

Juneau, Alaska resident Bruce Weyhrauch has over three decades of experience practicing law. The Law Office of Bruce B. Weyhrauch, LLC emphasizes law related to regulatory agency, government affairs, nonprofits, natural resources, and fisheries. Mr. Weyhrauch is an active member of his community and serves on the boards of directors for numerous organizations including the Foundation for End of Life Care.

The Foundation for End of Life Care is a nonprofit organization that supports end of life services in Juneau and surrounding Southeast Alaska communities. The Foundation provides community education and financial grants for hospice and bereavement services.

Established in 1997, the Foundation for End of Life Care has provided a number of direct and start-up grants as well as matching grants for fundraising efforts. Initially, the Foundation primarily supported Hospice and Home Care of Juneau but has been expanded to support a wide variety of organizations that deal with terminal patient care and education of the public and medical profession on end of life matters. The Foundation’s end of life services are supported through the Juneau Community Foundation’s dedication to investing funds to help support charitable efforts in Juneau.