Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

“Empirical Professional Ethics”

This one-day conference will draw upon the latest in empirical social scientific research to advance our understanding of how ethical development among legal professional occurs and can be encouraged in legal education and practice. Contributors will include professors of law, as well as social scientist, who are gathering and analyzing field data on questions of professionalism, ethical professional identity, law firm or department ethical culture, rules compliance, preventive law and risk management. The University of St. Thomas Law Journal will publish ten papers from the conference in a forthcoming edition. The legal community and others are invited to attend. CLE credit has been applied for, and lunch will be provided for participants who pre-register.

Date/Time

Saturday, September 22, 2012
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location

University of St. Thomas School of Law

1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Cost


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Faculty representing seven different law schools and academic research institutions from around the country will gather Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law to share their empirical research concerning professionalism, ethical professional identity, law firm or department ethical culture, rules compliance, preventive law and risk management, and the nature of competition and cooperation in legal education.

The one-day conference, entitled “Empirical Professional Ethics: Ethical Development in the Learning and Practice of Law,” is co-sponsored by the Holloran Center on Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.  The event will feature 10 papers to be published in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.  The conference runs from 8:30 am to 5 pm with a dinner following at 6 pm.

Professor Jerry Organ, a fellow of the Holloran Center who works extensively in the area of professional formation and will be among the speakers, commented, “It is always wonderful to gather together some of the most creative thinkers on a given topic and get them in the same building so that they can bounce ideas off each other and explore topics in great depth.”   He noted that the Law Journal and the Holloran Center have forged a strong relationship over the past several years.   This will be the first time many of the scholars coming will have had the opportunity to visit the School of Law, he said.

A total of six CLE Credits have been applied for.  For more information or to pre-register, please go to www.stthomas.edu/law and look in the “Featured Events” section.  

The conference will feature the following speakers:

“Leadership Education: Who Enrolls and How it Helps” - Heather Bock, Lori Berman, and Juliet Aiken (Georgetown University)

  • Heather Bock is a visiting professor and Executive Director for the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law
  • Lori Berman is an adjunct professor law at Georgetown Law and Director of Professional Development at Hogan Lovells, US LLP
  • Juliet Aiken is Deputy Director at Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law

“The Wise Practitioner: Learning from Professionals Who Act Ethically” - Daisy Hurst Floyd (Mercer University)

  • Daisy Hurst Floyd is a University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation at Mercer University School of Law, where she served as Dean from 2004 until 2010.

“Evaluating Australia’s New Regulatory Regime for Unincorporated Law Firms” - Susan Fortney (Hofstra University)

  • Susan Fortney is the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at Hofstra University School of Law.

“Life-span Professional Formation (Professionalism): Empirical Data Showing that Law School Can Make a Difference” -       Neil Hamilton, Verna Monson, and Jerry Organ (all from University of St. Thomas School of Law)

  • Neil Hamilton is a professor of law and Interim Dean at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Director of the UST Law Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.
  • Verna Monson, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the UST Law Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.  She is an educational psychologist specializing in ethics education in the professions.
  • Jerry Organ is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Associate Director of the UST Law Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.

“Rich, Smart, Honest? Does Success Lead to Unethical Lawyering?” - Michael Krauss (George Mason University) and Jeremy Kidd (Mercer University)

  • Michael Krauss is a professor of law at George Mason University School of Law.
  • Jeremy Kidd is an assistant professor of law at Mercer University School of Law.

“Do Lawyers Exchange Ideals for Money? Empirical Data from a Large Population of Attorneys” - Larry Krieger (Florida State University)

  • Larry Krieger is a clinical professor and Director of Clinical Externship Programs at Florida State University College of Law.

“Cooperation and Competition in the Law School Classroom: The Dangers and the Benefits” - David Johnson (University of Minnesota)

  • David Johnson, Ed.D., is professor emeritus and Co-Director of the Cooperative Learning Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.