Regulating Attorney Speech: A Debate
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
CORRECTION: Previous versions of this event announcement listed November 2 as the deadline for guaranteeing a seat at this event. The correct deadline is December 2. Our apologies.
Regulating Attorney Speech? A Debate
Application is pending approval by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on CLE for 1.25 hours of general credit. This seminar will provide Ohio CLE credit only.
The American Bar Association recently amended its Model Rules of Professional Conduct. New Model Rule 8.4(g) provides, in relevant part:
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
. . .
engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.
A comment to the rule states:
Discrimination and harassment by lawyers in violation of paragraph (g) undermine confidence in the legal profession and the legal system. Such discrimination includes harmful verbal or physical conduct that manifests bias or prejudice towards others.
Would this rule, if adopted, illegally or improperly burden attorneys’ speech and association rights? Is it a needed anti-discrimination measure? Please join the Columbus Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for a debate.
Arguing in Support of the Rule:
Daniel P. Tokaji
Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Arguing Against the Rule:
George W. Dent, Jr.
Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The cost is $20 ($15 if you already paid Columbus Lawyers Chapter dues for the 2016-2017 program year, and $5 for students). Lunch is included. R.S.V.P. by December 2 to guarantee your seat, meal, and pre-printed nametag. Call Ben Flowers at (614) 281-3647 or email ColumbusFedSoc@Gmail.com with any questions. To join or renew your dues for the Columbus Lawyers Chapter, please pay the dues through the Eventbrite website or bring a check for an additional $25 payable to the Federalist Society.
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Columbus Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The Society takes no set position on legal issues, but promotes debate on a variety of historical, current, and developing topics - confident that the truth will out, and it will triumph if men and women of integrity act in accordance therewith.