Friday, March 11, 2016
I encourage any interested ethicists, practitioners and other warm bodies to attend next Friday's Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics symposium.
As set forth in this invite, the event promises to be address fundamental issues facing the legal profession.
The legal profession faces a steady stream of criticisms and suggestions for change. Two of the most significant calls for change are the specialization of the legal ethics codes and the commercialization of the legal profession. The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics cordially invites you to attend its Volume XXIX Symposium, "Remaining Ethical Lawyers in a Changing Profession." The symposium will consist of three panels. The morning panelists will focus on whether specialized ethics codes are necessary, the afternoon panelists will delve into the ethics of the commercialization of the legal profession, and the lunch panelists will bridge these two topics by proposing that the profession focus on being not only ethical but also relational.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Gewirz Student Center
120 F. St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
The journal staff has done excellent work in putting this together. As co-advisor with my colleague Mitt Regan, I am grateful for their efforts.
Mitt has a new textbook coming out with John Villa that will be of great interest to legal ethics professors focusing on entity clients.
This unique professional responsibility textbook is focused upon the practical and ethical challenges of representing modern business organizations. All topics are organized around problems that require the exercise of sophisticated professional judgment. While the text covers the ethical standards addressed in typical professional responsibility courses, it also gives particular attention to the increasingly important interaction of ethical rules and other sources of law that define the lawyer’s duties in representing business organizations in an increasingly complex world. In addition, the book serves as the first major casebook that can be used for a course on in-house legal practice, which one of the authors has taught for fifteen years. Chapters that can be used in such a course include those that cover communicating outside the company, dealing with employees and auditors, shareholder derivative demands, whistleblowers, multinational regulation, employment rights of inside counsel, overseeing the defense of criminal investigations, selection of outside counsel, and other topics. A detailed Teacher's Manual provides guidance on how to organize and teach the material in a two- or three-credit course, as well as instruction on how to use a hands-on exercise organized as a moot board meeting as the basis for the final exam. The book is co-authored by a nationally recognized litigator who is experienced in legal ethics and a leading scholar in the field.