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Conscience and Ethics in the Life of a Lawyer

CLE Credit: Three Hours


Program Objectives:

Using the Code of Legal Ethics, the writings of Thomas More, and the experience of respected practitioners, this seminar will:



Sample Schedule:

9:00-9:40 Law, Conscience, and Legal Service in the Life of a Lawyer: Cases and Conflicts in Ethics
This lecture presents a number of the ethical conflicts that can arise between the practical considerations in the practice of law and the lawyer’s conscience. It will also reflect on the lawyer’s service as the client’s counsel.
9:40-9:50 Questions
9:50-10:00 Break
10:00-10:40 Conscience, Integrity, and Ethics: Thomas More's Perspective
This lecture will present Thomas More's understanding of conscience, integrity, and ethics, illustrated by examples from More's life and practice. Special attention will be given to More's assessment of civil disobedience as a legal and ethical question. Known in his lifetime as "the Conscience of the King" when he worked for Henry VIII, More provides provocative examples of the intersection of the practice of law with the dictates of conscience.
10:40-10:50 Questions
10:50-11:00 Break
11:00-11:40 Conscience, Friendship, and Civic Leadership: Thomas More's Perspective
This lecture will show More's understanding of the relationship of conscience, prudence, and friendship, illustrated by examples from More's life and practice. Attention will be given to his convictions that turning to others is a necessary part of prudence, and that genuine friendship and civic leadership are essential for true integrity of conscience, even at the cost of great personal loss. This lecture shows why Thomas More was elected "Lawyer of the Millennium" and is commonly taken as a role model for attorneys.
11:40-11:50 Questions
11:50-12:00 Break
12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion: Cases and Conflicts Revisited
4 Panelists: Respected judge(s) and lawyers from different fields of law
12:30-12:45 Evaluation and Closing