Fifteenth Annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics

WHAT:   “Carpe Diem”: An Opportunity to Reclaim Lawyers’ Independence,” the fifteenth annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture, presented by Pace Law School.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 4:00 PM

WHERE: Moot Courtroom, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York

WHO: Louis A. Craco, Chairman, New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law
Louis A. Craco is chairman of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law, having been appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye upon formation of the Institute in 1999. Previously, from 1993 to 1995, he had chaired the Chief Judge’s Committee on the Profession and the Courts, which had recommended, among other things, the creation of the Institute.

Mr. Craco practiced for 47 years with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, where his practice centered on business litigation and arbitration and he headed the Litigation Department for 25 years. Upon his retirement from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, he became Of Counsel to Craco & Ellsworth, a firm established by one of his three lawyer sons. He is active as an arbitrator in international and domestic business disputes.

In 1982-1984, Mr. Craco was President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Law Institute and a Life Member of the American Law Institute.

Mr. Craco graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and New York University Law School, where he was a Root Tilden Scholar.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae throughout the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, N.Y., campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies. The School, which has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs, also offers the SJD program in that field. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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