The University of Akron School of Law
Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility
Distinguished Lecturer Series
Ronald D. Rotunda
The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence
Chapman University School of Law
Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Room 151 at the School of Law
Reception to immediately follow
“Lawyers: Why We Are Different and Why We Are the Same
Lawyers are more than ever interested in their ethical obligations, as malpractice law suits and government enforcement actions — both based on the Rules of Professional Conduct — are on the increase. To what extent do the ethics rules make lawyers different than other professionals? And, to what extent are lawyers like so many others, who rationalize their shortcomings and ethics violations? Finally, what can courts and law firms do to create incentives for lawyers to follow the rules that already exist. One hour of free CLE will be offered.
Professor Ronald Rotunda is a prolific scholar and internationally renowned authority in two fields, Professional Responsibility and Constitutional Law. His treatises, books and articles are widely cited in both fields. He is a frequent national and international speaker about professional responsibility. Professor Rotunda is also a leading figure in the profession. For example, he is a longstanding member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Publications Board and has served on its Professional Discipline Committee. Professor Rotunda helped to write the first Cambodian democratic constitution as Law Advisor to its Supreme National Council and has assisted other democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in drafting constitutions and judicial codes. In addition, he helped draft the first set of Rules of Ethics for lawyers in the Czech Republic and, more recently, served as Special Counsel of the Department of Defense. For Professor Rotunda’s complete bio, visit here.
The event is offered with support from Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation.
Additional support offered by the Akron Law Chapter of Phi Delta Phi