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The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

Volume XXIX Symposium

Remaining Ethical Lawyers in a Changing Profession

Friday, March 18, 2016
10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The legal profession faces a steady stream of criticisms and suggestions for change. Two of the most significant calls for change today are the specialization of the legal ethics codes and the commercialization of the legal profession. The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics cordially invites you to attend its Volume XXIX Symposium, "Remaining Ethical Lawyers in a Changing Profession." The symposium will consists of three panels. the morning panelists will focus on whether specialized ethics codes are necessary, the afternoon panelists will delve into the ethics of the commercialization of the legal profession focus on being not only ethical, but also relational. We hope you can join our discussion. 

Kindest regards, 
Ivana Djak, Editor-in-Chief
Lindsey Keiser, Senior Symposium Editor

Speaker Biographies

Bruce GreenBruce Green holds the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. Primarily, he teaches and writes about legal ethics and criminal law, and he is involved various bar association activities, including many in these fields. Currently, Prof. Green is a councilmember and past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, a drafter of the Multistate Professional Bar Examination, and a member and past chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics.

Before joining the Fordham faculty in 1987, Prof. Green was a federal prosecutor in the Southern Distrcit of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and he clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Renee KnakeRenee Newman Knake is a Professor of Law and the Foster Swift Professor of Legal Ethics at Michigan State University, where she also co-directs the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession. A Primary are of Prof. Knake's scholarly focus addresses the intersection between the First Amendment and the regulation of law practice. Her publications in this area include Legal Information, the Consumer Law Market, and the First Amendment, 82 FORDHAM L. REV. 2843 (2014); Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services, 73 OHIO ST. L.J. 1 (2012); and Attorney Advice and the First Amendment, WASH. & LEE L. REV. (2011).

She also wrote PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (2d ed. 2013) (with Russel G. Pearce, Daniel J. Capra, Bruce A. Green, and Laurel S. Terry). Prof. Knake serves in local and international leadership roles related to the future of legal services. She is the Reporter for the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services, appointed by ABA President William Hubbard for his 2014-15 term. Recently, she was named to the State Bar of Michigan Task Force on 21st Century Law Practice, serving as co-chair of the regulatory reform committee along with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly. She also is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Justice. 

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Michael McGinnissMichael S. McGinniss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2010 after serving for twleve years as a Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Delaware. He teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, and Advanced Legal Ethics. His research and scholarship have primarily focused on questions concerning the professional, ethical, and moral responsibilities of lawyers, including Virtue Ethics, Earnestness, and the Deciding Lawyer: Human Flourishing in a Legal Community, 87 N.D. L. REV. 19 (2011), Virtue and Advice: Socratic Perspectives on Lawyer Independence and Moral Counseling of Clients, 1 TEX. A&M L. REV. 1 (2013) (lead article), and Breaking Faith: Machiavelli and Moral Risks in Lawyer Negotiation, 91 N.D. L. REV._(2015)(forthcoming).  

Prof. McGinniss has also recently studied and written about the relationships between courts and lawyer disciplinary agencies (Sending the Message: Using Technology to Support Judicial Reporting of Lawyer Misconduct to State Disciplinary Agencies, 2013 PROF. LAWYER 37). In his current position at the Unveristy of North Dakota School of Law, Prof. McGinniss has received the J. Philip JOhnson Faculty Fellow Award (2011-2015), a UND Foundation North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award, and nominations for the UND Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award (2013) and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2014). He is also serving his second three-year term as an appointed member of the North Dakota Joint Committee on Attorney Standards.

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Russell PearceRussell G. Pearce holds the Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches a lecture class on Professional Responsibility and seminar on Lawyers and Justice. His scholarship focuses on the intersection between ethics, law and political philosophy. Prof. pearce's recent publications include Difference Blindness v. Bias Awareness: Why Law Firms with the Best of Intentions Have Failed to Create Diverse Partnerships, 83 FORDHAM L. REV. 2407 (2015) (with Eli Wald Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen); The Great Disruption: how Machine Intelligence Will Transform the Role of Lawyers in the Delivery of Legal Services, 82 FORDHAM L. REV. 3041 (2014) (with John McGinnis); and PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (2d ed. 2013) (with Daniel J. Capra, Bruce A. Green, Renee Knake, and Laurel S. Terry). 

Prof. Pearce has received the Stanford D. Levy Memorial Award from the New York State Bar Association "in recognition of his contribution to understanding and advancement in the field of professional ethics" and has delivered endowed lectures at Case Western Reserve Law School, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Striks School of Law (Israel), and Jewish Theological Seminary. Before joining the Fordham faculty, Professor Pearce worked as an associate at a large law firm, a legal aid lawyer representing low-income tenants, and General Counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and clerked for the Hon. José A. Cabranes, now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Rebecca RoipheRebecca Roiphe teaches Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Ethics and Criminal Practice, and American Legal History at New York Law School. Prof. Roiphe earned her Ph.D. in American history from University of Chicago and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce Selya on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and served as a Golieb Fellow at New York University School of Law. 

Prof. Roiphe also worked as an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering LLP and as an Assistant District Attorney in laundering, securities fraud, and corporate crime. Prof, roiphe studies both prosecutorial ethics and the history of the legal profession. She focuses on the interaction between lawyers' work and the rhetoric of ideals of professionalism. Drawing on her experience as a prosecutor in New York as well as her training as a historian, Prof. Roiphe uses the history of the profession to explore how ideals of professionalism have persisted as the daily occupation  of lawyers has changed. As the legal market puts pressure on lawyers tp respond to client demands, Prof. Roiphe believes it is even more important to try to distill what, if anything, makes a profession distinct and socially useful. In a series of articles and most recently in a book project, she has looked to history to help answer this question.
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William SimonWilliam Simon is an Arthur Levitt Professor of Law at Columbia University and Gertrude and William Saunders Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford University. Before going to Stanford, prof. Simon practiced welfare and poverty law at the Legal Services Center in Boston, Massachusetts and has continued to consult and write about issues lawyering for poor people. He has consulted with many private firms and public interest organizations on legal ethics. Prof. Simon was a visiting professor at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley. From 1974-1979, he was an associate at Foley, Hoag & Eloit in Boston. 

He works on professional responsibility and public policy implementation. Some publications of his include THE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MOVEMENT (2005); Toyota Jurisprudence: Legal Theory and Rolling Rule Regimes, in New Governance in the EU and the US (de Burca and Scott ed.s 2006), and Contextualizing Regimes: Institutionalization as a Response to the Limits of Interpretation and Policy Engineering, 110 MICH. L. REV. 1265 (2012).

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Eli WaldEli Wald is the Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. A legal ethics and legal profession scholar, Wald has written on topics such as diversity and inclusiveness, lawyer mobility, challenges facing lawyers representing clients in the emerging marijuana industry, and the structure and organization of large firms. his work has appeared in leading journals such as the Fordham, Stanford, University of Coloroado, and Wisconsin law reviews and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

Prof. Wald is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Colorado State Bar Association's Ethics Committee and serves as a member of the executive committee of the Association of American LAw Schools' Professional Responsibility Section. He holds SJD and LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and LLB and BA degrees from Tel-Aviv University. Prior to joining the Sturm College of Law, Prof. Wald was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.

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Richard ZorzaRichard Zorza was  recently described in a Resolution of Recognition by the Conferences of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators as having been "prolific in his production of influential scholarly articles, ground-breaking education curricula, innovative protocols and toolkits[;][as having] served as the foremost ambassador and crusader for the cause of self represented litigants in the United States; and [as one whose] service has been marked by exceptional accomplishments which have benefited innumerable litigants and courts throughout the nation."

Now semi-retired, he has worked for the most for the past twenty-five years on issues of access to justice, technology and legal ethics. Founder and Coordinator Emeritus of the Self Represented Litigation Network, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Zorza is the former public defender, legal services attorney and justice technology designer. His book, THE SELF-HELP FRIENDLY COURT: DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND UP TO WORK FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT LAWYERS, was published by the National Center for State Courts in 2002. His article The Disconnect Between the Requirements of Judicial Neutrality and Those of the Appearance of Neutrality when Parties Appear Pro Se: Causes Solutions, Recommendations, and Implications, 17 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 423 (2004) is widely used to define the structure of thought on the topic. 

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Donald LangevoortDonald C. Langevoort is the Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1999 after eighteen years at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he had been the Lee S. &Charles A. Speir Professor. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School and has taught courses abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia and Heidelberg University in Germany.

He has won awards for outstanding teaching at both Georgetown and Vanderbilt. Professor Langevoort graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976 and went into private practice with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler &Pickering in Washington. In 1978, he joined the staff of the U.S. Securities &Exchange Commission as Special Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.  Since entering academia in 1981, Professor Langevoort has written a treatise on insider trading, co-authored a casebook on securities regulation, and produced numerous law review articles on topics such as insider trading, the impact of technology on securities regulation, investor behavior and the intersection between cognitive psychology and professional responsibilities. He has recently completed a three-year term as a member of FINRA's National Adjudicatory Council;previously, he served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers, the SEC's Advisory Committee on Market Information (chairing its subcommittee on alternative models for data consolidation), and the Nominating Committee of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. He has testified numerous times before Congressional committees on matters relating to securities regulation and litigation. Professor Langevoort is also a member of the American Law Institute. 

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Milan MarkovicMilan Markovic is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law. He previously practiced law in New York City with Sidley Austin LLP and Baker Hostetler LLP and clerked for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands.Professor Markovic is currently the principal investigator of the Texas Lawyers Study, which examines the incomes and career satisfaction of members of the State Bar of Texas. Professor Markovic writes primarily in the field of legal ethics, with a special focus on the duties of lawyers and judges in transnational contexts.

His scholarship has appeared in such publications as the Fordham Law Review, Utah Law Review, and Criminal Justice Ethics and has been cited in Congressional testimony and submissions to the International Criminal Court and Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. His article "Juking Access to Justice to Deregulate the Legal Market" appears in Volume 29 of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

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