Pace Law School to Host A Lecture on Attorney Ethics

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – On October 11, 2001 Pace Law School will host a lecture on attorney ethics lead by Professor William H. Simon, Saunders Professor of Law from Stanford University and Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia University.   Professor Simon’s lecture, The Role of the Public Official’s Lawyer: A Case Study from the Clinton Era, will take an in-depth look at how the ethical duties of lawyers for public officials differ from those of lawyers for private clients.  The lecture will be held at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Court Room at 4:00p.m., with a reception immediately following. Admission to this lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Photographers will have an opportunity to take pictures and do a brief interview with Professor William H. Simon at 3:30 in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Court Room.

Professor Simon has written and lectured extensively on professional responsibility. His recent publications include THE PRACTICE OF LAW: A THEORY OF LAWYERS’ ETHICS (Harvard 1998) and “Moral Pluck: Legal Ethics in Popular Culture,” 101 Columbia Law Review 421 (2001). Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1981, Simon practiced both business law in a large corporate firm and welfare law in a legal aid office. He has continued to teach and consult about lawyering on both business and social issues.

In 1994, Bernard Nussbaum resigned as White House Counsel in the wake of a controversy about his response to the FBI’s request to search associate counsel Vincent Foster’s office after Foster’s death by gunshot.  Nussbaum claimed that his conduct had been required by professional responsibility norms and protested that public criticism of him arose from misunderstanding of professional responsibility doctrine.  In a hearing on the matter before Congress, he debated the point with Deputy Attorney General Philip Heymann.  Professor Simon will use this episode as a basis for a consideration of the distinctive ethical qualities of public lawyering. The public lawyer resembles the corporation lawyer in that they represent an entity, but the entity has distinctive qualities by virtue of being part of government.  Defining the client to whom the lawyer owes loyalty thus has unique difficulties.

The Annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics was established by the family, friends and colleagues of the late Philip B. Blank, Associate Dean for External Affairs and Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law.  In honor of Dean Blank’s commitment to legal ethics, the Blank Lecture has presented distinguished members of the legal community recognized for their leadership in the area of attorney ethics and practice.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. The School offers the J.D. program for full-time, and part-time day and evening students. Its post-graduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in environmental Law and the LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs and its Clinical Education Program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, securities arbitration.

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