The Stein Center regularly hosts, sponsors and organizes events related to the mission and goals the Center. The following list reflects some events of note.
- On October 18, 2013, the Stein Center, in collaboration with the Fordham Law Review, presented The Legal Profession’s Monopoly on the Practice of Law, a one-day colloquium at Fordham Law School. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of the Fordham Law Review in May 2014. For more information, click here. Download the event poster here.
- The Stein Center organized Hot Topics: Using Law to Empower Underserved Communities, a panel discussion with five Stein Scholars alumni - Afua Atta-Mensah (’04); Kamal Essaheb (’06); Carmen Huertas-Noble (’02); Erin Miles Cloud (’11); and Richard Saenz (’10) - speaking about the following “hot” topics: social and economic justice, immigration reform, community economic development, family rights, and LGBT rights. This event was held on October 8, 2013.
- The Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Touro Law Center and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession co-sponsored the second Legal Ethics Shmooze on June 18-19, 2013 at Fordham Law School. The Shmooze was designed to provide nationally-recognized legal ethics scholars a chance to consider and discuss emerging topics in the field. In addition to collegial interchange, its object was to promote legal ethics as an important area for future scholarship and provide ideas about where such scholarship might take us. Read more.
- On June 6, 2013, the Stein Center celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Stein Scholars Program with a celebration reception held at the Chelsea Art Gallery of Marianne Boesky '95. Over 150 people attended the celebration including Stein Scholars from every class since the beginning of the program through current students, along with friends of the Program, faculty advisers, and members of the Fordham Law administration. Read more.
- On March 22, 2013, The Stein Center and Professor Bruce Green, the Louis Stein Chair and Director of the Stein Center, collaborated with four other law school ethics centers and with other legal ethics professors and practitioners to file an amicus brief (prepared by Jones Day) in the Supreme Court case of U.S. v. Davila.
- On March 18, 2013, the Stein Center co-sponsored, along with the Corporate Law Center, the Impact of Technology on the Future of Law Firms, the third in a three-part series on The Business and Ethics of Managing a 21-st Century Law Firm. For more information, click here.
- On February 27, 2013, The Stein Center co-sponsored, along with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Asian Social Justice Lawyers: Reflecting on Practice, part of our Global Legal Profession Workshop series. Workshop speakers Louise Trubeck, University of Wisconsin Law School, and Frank Munger, New York Law School, presented a paper (also co-authored by Scott Cummings) analyzing the emergence, development and transformation of social justice lawyering in 11 Asian countries. Fordham Law professors Martin S. Flaherty and Carl Minzner provided comment on the study. Fordham Law's Russell Pearce moderated the conversation. Download the event poster here. See photos and video here.
- On February 25, 2013, the Stein Center co-sponsored, along with the Corporate Law Center, New, Smart and Ethical Business Models, the second in a three-part series on The Business and Ethics of Managing a 21-st Century Law Firm. For more information, click here.
- On January 28, 2013, the Stein Center co-sponsored, along with the Corporate Law Center, Lessons Learned and Reflections on the State of "Big Law" in 2013, the first part in a three-part series on The Business and Ethics of Managing a 21st-Century Law Firm. Moderated by Silvia Hodges, Fordham Law Adjuct Professor, the speakers included James Bernard, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Scott Green, CEO, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq. For more information on the program, click here.
- On November 30, 2012, the Stein Center and Fordham Law Review presented Lawyering for Groups: Civil Rights, Mass Torts, and Everything in Between. Over a dozen presenters joined with Fordham faculty to share papers that will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Fordham Law Review. For more information about the symposium, click here.
- On October 17, 2012, the Leitner Center and Stein Center co-presented Reading Stones of Hope from the South: Some Reflections a part of the Global Legal Profession Workshop. Speaker Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Ghana interdisciplinary Right to Health project collaborator and co-editor of Stones of Hope: African Lawyers Use Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty spoke about research and narratives reflecting human rights accomplishments in developing countries. David M. Trubek, Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession and co-editor of The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal provided comment, raising questions about how Lucie's findings could be applied to growth ideology and or scaled upward to national or global human rights discourse. The workshop was moderated by the Stein Center's own Jennifer Gordon, Fordham Law School Professor of Law, author of Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, founder of the Workplace Project and MacArthur Prize Fellow from ’99–’04. Click here to view the poster. Click here for photos and video.
- On October 2, 2012, the Stein Center presented Hot Topics in Law and Public Policy, a panel and reception featuring Stein Scholar alumni discussing current issues in public interest law. Speakers included Kevin Carroll (’01), Senior Counsel to the Committee on Homeland Security, US House of Representatives; Leena Khandwala (’04) Associate Attorney at Claudia Slovinsky and Associates, PLLC; Karen Loewy (’00), former Senior Staff Attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); Michelle Movahed (’06) Staff Attornet in the U.S. Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights; and Susan Welber (’98), Staff Attorney for The Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice Law Reform Unit. Click here to view the Poster. Click here for photos and video.
- On June 1, 2012, the Stein Center hosted and co-sponsored with th ABA Criminal Justice Section the third annual Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics. Click here to view the Program.
- On April 27, 2012, the Stein and Leitner Centers co-sponsored the first Global Legal Profession Workshop titled Legal Clinics in the Global North and South: Between Equality and Subordination? Daniel Bonilla, Associate Professor from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Columbia, led the discussion and Paolo Galizzi, Fordham Law School Associate Clinical Professor of Law, and Louise Trubek, Clinical Professor of Law Emerita University of Wisconsin Law School, both commentated. Click here to view the Poster.
- On April 23-24, 2012, the Stein Center, along with Touro Law Center and the Fordham Urban Law Journal, sponsored a two-day colloquium on The Law: Business or Profession? The Continuing Relevance of Julius Henry Cohen for the Practice of Law in the Twenty-First Century. Speakers included: Rakesh K. Anand, Sande L. Buhai, Susan Carle, Elizabeth Chambliss, George Conk, Michele DeStefano, Howard Erichson, Susan Saab Fortney, Philip M. Genty, Stephen Gillers, Bruce A. Green, Steven H. Hobbs, Pam Jenoff, Alexandra D. Lahav, John Leubsdorf , Samuel J. Levine, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, David Luban, Jane Campbell Moriarty, Judith A. McMorrow, Nancy J. Moore, Thomas D. Morgan, William E. Nelson, Russell G. Pearce, Rebecca Roiphe, Robert Eli Rosen, Ted Schneyer, and Norman Spaulding. The articles arising out of the Colloquium will be pubished by the Urban Law Journal. Click here to view the Program.
- On February 8, 2012, the Stein Center sponsored Occupy Wall Street: A Conversation, a panel discussion involving current Stein Scholars and three graduates from the program: Daniel Gross ('07), Udi Ofer ('01), and Janos Marton ('09). Papers arising out of the panel will be published by the Fordham Urban Law Journal. Click here to view the Poster.
- The 2011 Fordham-Stein Prize was awarded to Kenneth Feinberg at the annual Stein Prize Dinner on November 2, 2011. He was the 36th recipient of this national honor. To learn more about the history of the Stein Prize click here.
- On October 20-21, 2011, the Stein Center hosted a Colloquium on Globalization and the Legal Profession. The two-day event was a collaboration between the Stein Center and the Fordham Law Review and the articles arising out of the Colloquium will be published by the Fordham Law Review. Topics explored during the conference included: Becoming a Global Lawyer, Global Legal Education, Diversity in the Partnership Track and Comparative Perspectives on Lawyer Regulation. Click here to view the Program.
- The Stein Center co-sponsored a National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers two-day conference on Padilla and the Future of the Defense Function, which took place at Cardozo School of Law on June 20-21, 2011.
- On April 4-5, 2011, the Stein Center, along with Touro Law Center and the Fordham Urban Law Journal, sponsored a day-and-a-half long conference on Bob Dylan and the Law. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
- The Stein Center co-sponsored a full-day conference on March 10, 2011 on Human Rights in the Obama Administration in conjunction with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Fordham International Law Journal, with support from the David Berg Foundation. Papers arising out of the conference will be published by the Fordham International Law Journal.
- On December 21, 2010, Stein Center Director Bruce Green chaired the second annual Practicing Law Institute CLE training on Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation.
- Theodore B. Olson was awarded the 2010 Fordham-Stein Prize at the annual Stein Prize dinner on October 27, 2010. He was the 35th recipient of this national honor.
- On June 4, 2010, the Stein Center, along with the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, presented Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics, a full-day conference at Fordham Law School.
- The Stein Center hosted and co-sponsored the Fifth Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation with the Fordham Law School Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program on June 14-15, 2010. Papers from the conference were published by Nijhoff Publishers in The Fifth Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers.
- On May 6, 2010, the Stein Center was a signatory to an amicus brief in the case of Hurrell-Harring, et al. v. State of New York, 75 A.D. 3d 667 .
- On January 21, 2010, the Stein Center was a signatory to an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Holland v. Florida, 130 S.Ct. 2549 .
- Professor Bruce Green and Jessi Tamayo co-chaired a December 22, 2009 Practicing Law Institute CLE training on Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation. Panelists included Michael Scherz from Lawyers for Children, Madeleine Schaecter, pro bono counsel at Baker and McKenzie, Professor Martin Guggenheim from NYU and Janet Sabel from the Legal Aid Society. The training focused on relevant issues relating to Attorney-Client Relationship; Beginning and Ending the Relationship and Determining the Scope of Representation; Who is the Client?; Client Misconduct, and other common ethical issues faced in pro bono representation.
- Judge John F. Keenan '54 was awarded the 2009 Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize at the annual Stein Dinner on October 29, 2009. He was the 34th recipient of this national honor, bestowed by the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, which recognizes one individual each year whose work, according to the prize's charter, "exemplifies outstanding standards of professional conduct, promotes the advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government.” Judge Keenan joins a list of Stein Prize recipients who are leaders in American law, including seven members of the U.S. Supreme Court, two of whom were Chief Justices; three lawyers who have served as Secretary of State; and an Attorney General.
- On October 16, 2009, the Stein Center hosted a symposium on The Economic Downturn and The Legal Profession. The Symposium was a collaboration between the Louis Stein Center, The Fordham Law Review, The David Berg Foundation and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The purpose of the symposium was to investigate the impact of the recent economic meltdown on the legal profession and its role in society. Lines of inquiry included the consequences of the crisis for members of the bar as economic, social and political actors, their roles as service providers, lawyer-statesmen and public citizens and their responsibilities to paying and non-paying clients as well as to non-clients and the public interest. The essays arising out of the Symposium will be published by the Fordham Law Review this Spring.
- The Stein Center hosted the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Conference on Defending the White Collar Case on September 1-2, 2009. The conference included panels on: The Next Wave of Public Corruption Cases, Cyberspace- Where Ethics, Strategy and Technology Collide, Choppy Waters- The Ethics of Privilege and Disclosure, Financial Crisis Fallout and Avoiding Indictment by Collecting Fees Ethically. The conference will feature a wide range of national criminal defense experts and practitioners.
- The Stein Center continued its collaboration with Professor Daniel Capra and the Reed Chair to bring U.S. Judges to speak to the faculty on issues of mutual interest. On March 31, 2009, The Stein Center and the Reed Chair hosted U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts who addressed Law and The Individual.
- The annual Stein-Prize Award was presented to United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer on October 29, 2008. This national honor recognizes one individual each year whose work, according to the prize's charter, "exemplifies outstanding standards of professional conduct, promotes the advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government." Justice Breyer joins a list of recipients that includes six other members of the U.S. Supreme Court, including two Chief Justices, and three lawyers who have served as Secretary of State. Recent recipients have included John Feerick '61, professor and former dean of Fordham Law; Hon. Patricia M. Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin; Attorney General Griffin Bell; Robert Fiske; and Chief Judge Judith Kaye.
- The Stein Center co-sponsored a colloquium on Conditions of Confinement on October 24, 2008 which was organized principally by the Fordham Prisoners Rights Advocates and the Urban Law Journal. The overall purpose of the colloquium was to explore conditions of confinement in United States correctional facilities with an eye towards the long-term effects of these conditions. Writings from the colloquium were published by the Urban Law Journal in its January 2009 book.
- On October 16 – 17, 2008, the Stein Center hosted and co-sponsored The American Bar Association Commission on the American Jury Project’s National Symposium on the American Jury System. The conference was a follow-up to a 2006 Symposium held in Dallas, TX and featured panels with national experts focusing on the implementation of jury innovations since the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials. Chief Judges and Chief Justices from around the country participated in the symposium and discussed the different ways their jurisdictions evaluated and adopted the jury innovations. The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, delivered the keynote address.
- The Stein Center also continued its annual collaboration with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Fordham International Law Journal. This year’s colloquium, held on October 3, 2008, addressed Human Rights in China. The colloquium drew an audience of approximately 80 attorneys, academics, policy makers and human rights activists from various NGO’s and public interest organizations in New York City and Washington D.C., in addition to approximately 20 Chinese attorneys who traveled from China to attend the event. Participants were asked to consider these issues in light of the impact of the Olympics, as well as prospects for moving forward in a post-Olympics China. The 6 essays that arose out of the colloquium were published by the International Law Journal in January 2009.
- In September 2008, the Stein Center, along with Stanford Law School’s Keck Center on Legal Ethics and The Legal Profession and the Fordham Law Review, organized a Colloquium on The Lawyer’s Role in a Contemporary Democracy. The colloquium drew participants from all parts of the country, as well as participants from Argentina, Brazil and Israel. The discussions at the Colloquium generally addressed five themes: Promoting the Rule of Law; Promoting Access to Justice and Government Institutions; Promoting Social Change and Political Values; Tensions Between Various Concepts of the Lawyer’s Role; and Developing, Articulating and Advocating the Vision of a Lawyer’s Role in a Democracy. The 18 essays that arose out of the colloquium were published by the Fordham Law Review in their March 2009 Symposium book.
- The Stein Center hosted the Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers on August 7-8, 2008 at Fordham Law School. The meeting drew over 90 professional responsibility practitioners and featured seven panel discussions over the two days dealing with cutting-edge issues in professional responsibility and ethics. Professor Bruce Green chaired the final panel on Attorney-Client Privilege of Corporations: Vital Component of Due Process or Obsolete Vestige of Corporate Power and Influence.
- On June 12-13, 2008, the Stein Center co-sponsored the Third Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation with the Fordham Law Conflict Resolution and Fordham Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. The annual conference brings together leading international arbitrators, mediators, practitioners and scholars to discuss contemporary global issues in international arbitration and mediation. The papers that arise from the conference are published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers in an annual book called Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers.
- On June 1-3, 2008, the Stein Center collaborated with Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard and Stanford Law Schools to conduct a two-day “Legal Ethics Shmooze.” Approximately twenty senior and junior scholars from around the country came to Fordham to discuss future scholarship on the legal profession. Each participant contributed a paper that fit within one of several predetermined themes, which included: Access to Justice, Cause Lawyering, Lawyers’ Identity and Role, and The Role of Lawyers in Governance. The expectation is that the Shmooze will become a biannual event to be hosted by different law schools.