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Clarence Darrow’s Legal Ethics Lessons For Today’s More Ethical Lawyers 2019 *In-Person Only*

June 20, 2019

Credits: 3.0 Ethics Credit Hours, including 1 hour of Professionalism for those states with such requirements

Description: For many decades, American lawyers have confirmed in polls that Clarence Darrow, the progressive trial lawyer famous for his passionate closing arguments, the Scopes trial, his defense of mercy as an alternative to the death penalty, and more, was the greatest practitioner of the art of law in U.S. history. Yet Darrow largely ignored the Canons of Ethics, and many of his tactics would have earned him mistrials and bar discipline today. Nonetheless, Clarence Darrow provides much to learn and ponder in his legal ethics, and in some cases, his lack of them. Using Darrow’s words and life events to contrast the modern, and still evolving concepts of what constitutes the ethical practice of law, our faculty will explore such issues as:

• Can an unethical citizen be an ethical lawyer?
• The ethics of creative practice: When the Rules don’t have all the answers
• Conflicts of interest
• Justice vs. the Rules
• The multi-jurisdictional practice problem
• Pre-Unethical conditions
• Professional independence and personal conflicts
• Jury nullification and the limits of zealous representation
• Mission lawyering
•“Hearing too Much”
• The ethics of using and abusing experts
• Positional conflicts
• Client Fraud
• Withdrawal
• Technological competence.


Jack Marshall, ProEthics, Ltd.
Paul Morella, Washington College of Law

Fee: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government Attorneys; $129 Others

The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates! For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488


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Jack Marshall, ProEthics Ltd

Paul Morella, Washington College of Law