Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture: Do Lawyers and Faith-Based Values Belong Together?

A Guide to the Perplexing Issues of Legal Ethics and Professionalism

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March 4, 2009, New York, NY

Today, the legal profession faces a crisis of ethics and professionalism. Will the values that sustained lawyers in the past continue to support them, or is there a need for new ways to think about the role of lawyers? In particular, can and should religious perspectives come into play? If so, under what conditions?

Russell G. Pearce, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Professor of Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion and codirector of the Louis Stein Center for Ethics and Law at Fordham University School of Law, will discuss "Do Lawyers and Faith-Based Values Belong Together? A Guide to the Perplexing Issues of Legal Ethics and Professionalism" at the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. This lecture has been approved for one (1) CLE credit hour in ethics and professionalism. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Professor Pearce teaches, writes, and lectures in the field of professional responsibility. A 1981 graduate of Yale Law School, he has previously clerked for a federal judge, worked at a major law firm, and served as general counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Professor Pearce has published many articles in legal journals on topics such as public philosophy and legal ethics, and religious lawyering. Recently, he produced a film essay, Revitalizing the Lawyer-Poet: What Lawyers Can Learn from Rock and Roll, based on his scholarship.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Admission is free, but reservations and valid photo identification are required. Attendees are asked to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program.

For more information and to register, please contact the JTS Department of Public Events at (212) 280-6093.