Eleven faculty members from seven law schools and academic research institutions will gather at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Saturday, Sept. 22, for a symposium on “Emperical Professional Ethics: Ethical Development in the Learning and Practice of Law.”

Co-sponsored by the university’s Holloran Center on Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the St. Thomas Law Journal, the symposium will feature 10 papers that will be published in the journal.

The visiting scholars will discuss their empirical research on professionalism, ethical professional identity, law firm ethical culture, rules compliance, risk management, and the nature of competition and cooperation in legal education.

In addition to St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, participants are coming from Georgetown, Mercer, Hofstra, George Mason and Florida State universities.

Jerry Organ, a St. Thomas law professor and fellow of the Holloran Center, noted that this will be the first time many of the scholars will have the opportunity to visit the St. Thomas School of Law. “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 said.

The event, open to the public, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a dinner at 6 p.m. Six continuing legal education credits have been applied for. While the symposium is free, registration is required. To register, and for a list of speakers and topics, visit the “featured events” section of the School of Law website.