Implications of Influence, Power & Politics for Attorneys

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 102

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




7:15 a.m. – Check-in and Breakfast
8-9 a.m. – Program

The legal profession is often faced with unique challenges where influence, power and politics play a significant role. Understanding and utilizing this dynamic is central to conferring benefits and imposing burdens. Accordingly, to the extent one is interested in participating in such allocations, the effective use of influence, power and politics is essential.

Considerations for counsel:
• Influence involves persuading others and is often the underpinning of negotiations.
• Power, although amoral, is used both ethically and unethically and is central to getting things done.
• For those who are sincere about distancing themselves from politics, consider the words of Plato: “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

MCLE Credit

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 1 hour of general credit.

About Professor Craig Barkacs

Professor Craig Barkacs, JD, MBA, began his long and close association with the University of San Diego when he arrived as a law student in August of 1978, after having just graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Kenyon College. Upon attaining the benefit of a JD/MBA joint-degree from USD, Professor Barkacs embarked on an exciting and illustrious career spanning the legal profession, the business world, and academia.

As an attorney who often represented the underdog in high-profile civil and business litigation cases, he and his law partner wife Linda Barkacs consistently achieved outstanding results litigating opposite some of the largest and most powerful law firms in the country. As an educator, Professor Barkacs has designed and taught numerous courses on negotiation, corporate social responsibility, ethics, law, and international business, and has published extensively in those disciplines. He has been very active in teaching in USD’s study abroad programs, and he is frequently solicited to teach in numerous graduate programs in the School of Business at the University of San Diego.

In addition, Barkacs is often sought out by the media to provide commentary on business, legal, ethical, and political issues. As a way of connecting with the broader business community and as a way keeping his skills honed and relevant, he and his wife Linda are principals in The Barkacs Group, a business consulting firm that provides negotiation and ethics training for the private sector.

Barkacs has won many awards for his research and publications. He has been awarded a prestigious University Professorship by USD for outstanding career achievement in teaching, scholarship and service—the highest award given to an actively teaching professor, and USD graduate business students have on numerous occasions honored him as Professor of the Year. Barkacs is known for his intelligence, passion and sense of humor, and is widely sought after as a speaker.


Professor Craig Barkacs, JD, MBA

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