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A leading thinker on lawyer professional formation presents an important new work reviewing and synthesizing thirty years of scholarship on professionalism and arguing that new ABA accreditation standards present a breakthrough opportunity for law schools to foster in students those professionalism values and skills that legal employers are seeking. By doing so, the author submits, law schools will help both students and themselves, in terms of improved learning outcome measures.
An authority on lawyer regulation makes the case that US jurisdictions should follow the trend in other countries of reducing to writing the objectives of their lawyer regulatory codes. The presence of regulatory objectives in lawyer regulations creates a measuring stick for their effectiveness and success, while the deliberative process of identifying regulatory objectives before the regulations themselves are crafted helps illuminate priorities and highest values for code-writers -- even as it sheds light on potentially problematic content before it is adopted.
A long-time Center for Professional Responsibility supporter and friend of Jeanne Gray reflects on the late Center Director’s rich life, her constantly positive influence, and her profound impact on lawyer ethics and professional responsibility through the Center she built: “Over the last generation, there has been virtually no significant change in our field that did not bear Jeanne’s fingerprints."
The Director of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic debunks common myths about the motivation and purpose of law school environmental clinics, tells why it is essential to clinic effectiveness that client selection and case strategy remain immune from university politics and business connections, and underscores law school clinics’ unique capacity to impart experiential learning to students.
In this commentary, the author probes the ethical perils of a client's open-ended prospective waiver of conflict of interest and takes issue with a federal court decision approving a major law firm's invocation of a prospective waiver clause in order to take sides against a client.
Lucian Pera puts into context the extraordinary career of John S. Gleason, an exemplar of innovation, rectitude and courage in the field of lawyer regulation. This short survey of Mr. Gleason’s extraordinarily impactful professional journey may shed light on why an early career choice was volunteering for a police department bomb squad.
A grateful Franck Award recipient challenges the legal profession to rise to the many challenges facing the bar and the justice system, including the acute professional needs of young lawyers and the aging lawyer population.