Current Legal Ethical Issues with Professor Stephen Gillers

Thursday, August 8, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Format: Webinar

Program Instructor:

Stephen Gillers
Elihu Root Professor of Law Emeritus,
New York University School of Law

  • No matter your practice area or whether or not you have previously attended, you won’t want to miss this program. Join us to hear this nationally renowned professor and ethicist address current issues of legal ethics. Programs typically feature distinct topics which are chosen close in time to the event to maximize topicality. The topics are geared to an audience of diverse interests. Audience questions and comments are encouraged.

    Program Fee:
    $149 for Members | $249 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $79 for Members

    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2021-2023), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, and attorney members who practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Stephen Gillers has been a professor of law at New York University School of Law since 1978 and Vice Dean from 1999-2004. He held the Elihu Root chair. He took emeritus status in September 2022. He does most of his research and writing on the regulation of the legal profession. His courses have included Regulation of Lawyers (which he continues to teach), Evidence, and Law and Literature (with University Professor Catharine Stimpson, former dean of the graduate school).

    Professor Gillers has written widely on legal and judicial ethics in law reviews and in the legal and popular press. He has taught legal ethics as a visitor at other law schools and has spoken on lawyer regulatory issues at hundreds of events in the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, and South America – often for legal ethics CLE credit – including at federal and state judicial conferences, law firms, corporate general counsel’s offices, government law offices, ABA meetings, state and city bar meetings nationwide, in oral and written submissions to Congress, and in law school lectureships. For many years, four or five times each year, he has been lecturing on legal ethics at the New York City Bar Association CLEs.

    Professor Gillers is the author of Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics, a widely used law school casebook first published by Little, Brown (now Wolters Kluwer/ Aspen) in 1985 with a 12th edition published in November 2020 and a 13th edition planned for 2024. With Barbara Gillers, he produces the podcast LEGAL ETHICS IN THE NEWS, available on the NYC Bar website and the usual podcast platforms.

    From 2000-2002, Professor Gillers was a member of the ABA’s Multijurisdictional Practice Commission which proposed rule changes (all of them accepted) to recognize the cross-border nature of legal practice. Professor Gillers was a member of the ABA 20/20 Commission, 2010-2013, which studied the effects of technology and globalization on the regulation of lawyers leading to amendments to the Model Rules and recommended rule changes all of which were accepted.

    In 2011, he received the Michael Franck Award from the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility. The Award is given annually for “significant contributions to the work of the organized bar….noteworthy scholarly contributions made in academic settings, [and] creative judicial or legislative initiatives undertaken to advance the professionalism of lawyers…are also given consideration.” The American Bar Foundation gave him the Outstanding Scholar Award in 2015.

    Professor Gillers’ scholarship includes: Because They Are Lawyers First And Foremost: Ethics Rules And Other Strategies To Protect The Justice Department From A Faithless President, 57 Georgia L. Rev. 163 (2022); Journalism Under Fire: Protecting the Future of Investigative Reporting (Columbia University Press 2018); A Rule to Forbid Bias and Harassment in Law Practice: A Guide for State Courts Considering Model Rule 8.4(g), 30 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 195 (2017); Guns, Fruits, Drugs, and Documents: A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Responsibility for Real Evidence, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 813 (2011); A Profession, If You Can Keep It: How Information Technology and Fading Borders Are Reshaping the Law Marketplace and What We Should Do About It, 63 Hastings L. J. 953 (2012); How To Make Rules for Lawyers: The Professional Responsibility of the Legal Profession, 40 Pepperdine L. Rev. 365 (2013)(Symposium issue on The Lawyer of the Future); Lowering the Bar: How Lawyer Discipline in New York Fails to Protect the Public, 17 J. Legis. & Public Policy 485

    (2014); and “Directly Adverse” Means Directly Adverse: How Courts Have Misread Rule 1.7(a)(1) and Why It Matters, 98 Denver L. Rev. 59 (2020).

  • Topics to be discussed:

    • Key Differences Between the N.Y. and ABA’s Model Rules and Why It Matters
    • Alito’s Flags and Thomas’s  Gifts: Missing the Real Ethics Issue
    • Rule 4.4(b) in the First Dep’t.: An Opponent’s Inadvertent Disclosure
    • Targeting Justice Merchan: How Not to Criticize Judges
    • Federal Judges Boycott Columbia Law: A Truly Bad Move
    • 6 Ways to Deny the Effective Assistance of Counsel of Choice
    • Why Jamie Raskin’s SCOTUS Ethics Proposal Won’t Work

  • CLE Credit
    New York: 2.0 Ethics
    New Jersey:
    2.0 Professional Responsibility
    California:
    2.0 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania:
    1.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut:
    Available to Licensed Attorneys

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