ABA ROLI Conducts National Professional Ethics Conference in Russia

The professional ethics conference attracted more than 100 participants

The professional ethics conference attracted more than 100 participants

August 2009 

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), under its Rule of Law Partnership Project in the Russian Federation, facilitated a nation-wide conference on professional ethics for advocates. The goal of the conference, held in Rostov-on-Don from August 6–7, was to increase the application of normative ethical standards within the legal profession. The conference, which attracted more than 100 participants, also provided an open forum to express opinions and ask questions of the country’s leading legal experts.

Many of the participants acknowledged that they often confront problems surrounding violations of ethical rules. For many, these occurrences have raised concerns about the overall perception of professionalism in the legal field. As one of the experts, Svetlana Volodina, director of the Institute of Advocacy at the Moscow State Law Academy, stated, “It is essentially important to make advocates think about the ethical aspects of their work, including the problems that we have in this area. Many of us underestimate the issue; however, it is the face of the profession.”

The conference was conducted with assistance from the Federal Bar Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation, the Institute of Advocacy at the Moscow State Law Academy, the Association of Russian Lawyers and the Rostov-on-Don regional bar chamber. The conference also benefited from the participation of U.S. expert Mary Devlin, regulation counsel and deputy director of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility. Her insights allowed participants to gain a broader comparative perspective about the disciplinary practices in the United States and in Russia.

The issues and questions raised at the conference will provide a foundation for the future work of ABA ROLI in Russia as it continues to address issues of ethics and professional responsibility within the legal community.

To learn more about our programs in Russia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>. 

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