“Taking the Red Pill: A Search for the Intersection Between Ethics and Morality” to be discussed by ethics law expert at Pace Law School Tuesday, March 4

Sources to range from Plato to “The Matrix”

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Have we deluded ourselves into believing that the rules of lawyers’ professional conduct are actually expressions of essential principles of morality?

Steven C. Krane, partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, is among the nation’s leaders in developing and interpreting the rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers. He will search for the connection between ethics and morality on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in a Pace Law School lecture titled, “Taking the Red Pill: A Search for the Intersection Between Ethics and Morality.”

The lecture will take place in the New York State Judicial Institute Lecture Hall at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway in White Plains. The lecture is free and open to the public and media. Media admission by press pass.

For the last 20 years, Krane has been involved in formulating codes of conduct for lawyers in New York and across the country. He is the chair of Proskauer Rose LLP’s Law Firm Advisory Practice Group, and serves as the ethics partner for the 750-lawyer firm, representing lawyers and law firms throughout the country on a broad range of professional issues. He is chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, on which he has served since 2004.

Krane will explore the philosophy and reality of lawyer ethics code development, journeying through sources as diverse as the works of Plato, Aquinas, Bentham, Hart, Fuller, Baudrillard and “The Matrix.” This lecture is Pace Law School’s seventeenth Phillip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Law.

From 1984 to 1985, Krane served as a law clerk to Judge Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals, and has twice himself been nominated for service on that court. Krane is co-chair of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in Law and a member of the Attorney Advertising Committee of the Administrative Board of the Courts of the State of New York. He has written and lectured extensively on attorney ethics issues and for several years taught professional responsibility at the Columbia University School of Law.

Krane received his BA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his JD from New York University School of Law.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in environmental law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent, and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu.

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