Aug 22

Law Journal and Holloran Center team up for symposium on “Empirical Professional Ethics”

Published on: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Eleven faculty representing seven different law schools and academic research institutions from around the country will gather Saturday, Sept. 22 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. and with a dinner following at 6 p.m.

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.  Registration is available online.  

Final Schedule:


8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome and Introduction, University of St. Thomas School of Law Interim Dean Neil W. Hamilton


8:40 – 9:10 a.m.

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

9:10 – 9:40 a.m. “Cooperation and Competition in the Law School Classroom: The Dangers and the Benefits”
David Johnson 
9:40 – 10:00 a.m. Questions and Discussion
10:00 – 10:10 a.m.  MID-MORNING BREAK
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. “Gaining from the System: Lessons from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement on the Self-Reported Gains of Law Students”
Carole Silver, Heather Ann Haeger, Louis Rocconi and Lindsay Watkins
10:40 – 11:10 a.m.

“Leadership Education: Who Enrolls and How it Helps”
Heather Bock, Lori Berman, and Juliet Aiken

11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Questions and Discussion
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK and REFLECTION PERIOD
Panel A: Are the Obstacles to Ethical Practice Really What We Think They Are?
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. “Money and Meaning: The Moral Economy of Law Firm Compensation.”  
Milton Regan and Lisa Rohrer 
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. “Detecting an Integrity Gap: Evidence of Values Divergence Among Practicing Attorneys.” 
 Larry Krieger
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  “Rich, Smart, Honest? Does Success Lead to Unethical Lawyering?”
Michael Krauss and Jeremy Kidd 
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Questions and Discussion
2:30 – 2:50 p.m.  MID-AFTERNOON BREAK
   Panel B:   How Ethical Behavior Is Encouraged and Supported in Law Practice
2:50 – 3:20 p.m.  “The Wise Practitioner: Learning from Professionals who Act Ethically”
 Daisy Floyd
3:20 – 3:50 p.m.  “Lawyers’ Ethical Behavior and Resilience”
Bob Rosen
3:50 – 4:20 p.m. “Evaluating Australia’s New Regulatory Regime for Unincorporated Law Firms”
 Susan Fortney
4:20 – 4:50 p.m. Questions and Discussion
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.  Closing
Interim Dean Neil Hamilton


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