Fordham Law

Stein Center Hosts Professional Responsibility Conference

August 14, 2008

Fordham Law School's Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics hosted the Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) on August 7-9.  Almost 100 lawyers attended the meeting which included panel presentations that examined such issues as how decision making authority is allocated between lawyer and client, the use of the Internet as an attorney marketing tool and the new American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct.  The meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the ABA’s adoption of the original 32 Canons of Professional Ethics in 1908.

Led by incoming APRL president J. Charles Mokriski, Day Pitney LLP, Boston, and outgoing president Susan Brotman of Austin, Texas, presentations included a casebook scenario devised by New York University Law Professor Stephen Gillers.  Elizabeth J. Sher of Day Pitney, Florham Park, NJ, and Arthur Lachman of Seattle’s Graham & Dunn served as panelists.

Among the panelists who covered other issues were former Arizona state bar president (and former APRL president) Mark Harrison; Robert Tembeckjian, administrator and counsel of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct; Susan Hackett, general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel; and Robert Welden, general counsel of the Washington State Bar Association.

Fordham Law Professor Bruce Green chaired a panel focused on corporate lawyers' conduct of internal investigations and the role of attorney client privilege. Stanley Twardy, former United States attorney for Connecticut and a Day Pitney partner in Stamford, CT; litigator Robert Anello of New York’s Morvillo, Abramowitz; and Harvard Law School lecturer Michele Beardslee served as panelists.

APRL is an independent, national organization of more than 500 lawyers that includes writers, teachers and practitioners focused on legal ethics and the law of lawyering.

Contact: Paul Brennan