Rhodes Law Institute to Focus on Legal Ethics and Lawyers as Upholders of Human Dignity


Publication Date: 1/8/2008

Space is still available for Rhodes College’s 21st annual Institute on the Profession of Law to be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, in the Bryan Campus Life Center Ballroom.

David Luban, the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown Law, will be the keynote speaker. His topic will be “Lawyers as Upholders of Human Dignity (When They Aren’t Busy Assaulting It).” An internationally renowned authority on legal ethics, Luban has published numerous books and articles on the subject including, most recently, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (2007, Cambridge University Press).

Luban describes his recent scholarly interests this way: “For many years my research has centered on moral responsibility in organizational settings, especially organizations whose size or complexity tends to diffuse members′ sense of individual responsibility.  These organizations include business corporations, governments, armies, and law firms.  Although my approach is fundamentally philosophical, I am keenly interested in social and organizational psychology . . . In addition, I have long been interested in issues of war and peace.  The ‘war on terror’ has moved this interest to the front burner; and, particularly in the wake of Abu Ghraib (and the involvement of government lawyers in approving harsh interrogations), I have also begun thinking and writing about torture.”

Panelists will include a leading scholar of the executive branch, Dr. Marc Landy. Professor of political science at Boston College, Landy will be joined by Rhodes political science professor Dr. Daniel Cullen, who is director of the Law Institute.

Tuition for one person is $300 on or before Jan. 14 and $325 after Jan. 14. It is approved for 4.25  hours of dual continuing legal education (CLE) credit. Attorneys may register by calling the Meeman Center at 901-843-3965.