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May 29, 2019

ABA ethics meeting to tackle host of issues facing U.S., Canadian lawyers

CHICAGO, May 29, 2019 — The American Bar Association begins today its 45th National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Vancouver, British Columbia, with an array of programs of interest to U.S. and Canadian lawyers, including panels on the future of the legal profession and mandatory bar membership, well-being, and emerging ethical and harassment issues.

45th ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility

Wednesday-Friday, May 29-31

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
39 Smithe St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3, Canada

The conference, sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, is the pre-eminent educational and networking opportunity in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Leading experts, scholars and practitioners from across the country and Canada will address trends and developments in legal ethics, professional discipline, risk management, professionalism and practice issues. It will overlap with the 35th ABA National Forum on Client Protection, May 31 and June 1, also at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

On May 30, Peter Jarvis, a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland, Ore.’s office, will receive the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award, named in honor of Michael Franck, the late director of the State Bar of Michigan and longtime champion of improvements in lawyer regulation in the public interest. Jarvis practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management, advising lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal departments about all aspects of the law governing lawyers. He is widely admired for mentoring others in the field of professional responsibility.

Also, J. Ryann Peyton, the executive director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, a program of the Colorado Supreme Court, will receive the 2019 Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award. The award recognizes young lawyers who are dedicated to lawyer professionalism and honors those who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to areas such as legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation.

A complete conference agenda can be found online.

The CPR is the national leader in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection. Its many publications provide up-to-date information and analysis regarding lawyer and judicial ethics and regulation. Also the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issues a series of formal opinions to help guide lawyers and judges.

For media credentials and more information, please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or [email protected]

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