May 26, 2017

Confronting Ferguson: Ethical Dilemmas for Lawyers and Judges

(Grand Ballroom D/E, 4th Floor)

Thursday, June 1 
(3:40pm - 5:00pm)

Moderator:  Paula J. Frederick
Panelists:    The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, 
                       Katherine GoldwasserPeter Joy

On August 9, 2014, when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, many predicted civil unrest would follow. Few, however, predicted the impact the events would have on the professional responsibilities of lawyers and judges in the Ferguson community. The events of Ferguson have a lot to teach us, although opinions differ about the precise lessons that we should take from them. This much, however, seems clear: Ferguson presented many complex ethical issues including conflicts of interest, bias and discrimination, prosecutor conduct, the challenges faced by defense counsel for a police officer, and, of course, the role of the courts in maintaining fairness and upholding justice. This panel will examine the events of Ferguson and how those events may help lawyers and judges to better understand our professional responsibilities. 


  1. Ferguson's Fault Lines Ch 3
  2. Ferguson to Geneva
  3. Ferguson DOJ Report
  4. Conflicts of Interest Part Time Judges Prosecutors
  5. Prosecutorial Conflict Excessive Use Force

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