The U.S. legal profession often speaks of lawyers’ “professional independence,” but it uses the term in different ways depending on the context. Sometimes “professional independence” refers to the freedom of the organized bar, in collaboration with state judiciaries, to make rules for lawyers without interference by government agencies or other state actors. Sometimes the term refers to individual lawyers’ independence – whether from third parties who threaten to interfere with lawyers’ loyalty to their clients or from clients who demand too much loyalty. Professor Green will explore whether the bar overemphasizes these aspects of “professional independence” while overlooking and undervaluing another, namely, lawyers’ independence from judges and courts.
Bruce A. Green, Professor of Law and Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, began his term as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section during the ABA’s 2010 Annual Meeting. Professor Green is among the country’s foremost scholars of legal ethics, and his work establishing and directing the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics has made Fordham Law a leader in promoting the integration of ethics perspectives in legal practice, legal institutions, and the development of the law. His extensive scholarship has been published in the nation’s leading law journals, and his service to the profession extends to leadership roles with the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers Association.
The event is offered with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation.
One hour of free CLE offered.
Reception to follow the lecture.