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LOWER MANHATTAN BAR ASSOCIATION WELCOMES RANDY COHEN, “THE ETHICIST,” FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
OCTOBER 2, 2009 – NEW YORK, NY – Randy Cohen, writer of The New York Times Magazine’s “Ethicist” column, will speak about the ethical responsibilities of attorneys and their role in society at the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), a lower Manhattan bar association located at 14 Vesey Street, on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:00 PM. The program, titled Shysters, Sharks and Saviors: ARE LEGAL ETHICS IMMORAL?, will feature a conversation between Mr. Cohen and renowned Fordham Law School Ethics Professor Bruce A. Green, which will be moderated by Lewis F. Tesser, director of NYCLA’s Ethics Institute. A reception will follow the presentation.
The provocative discussion will attempt to answer such questions as:
Why do attorneys protect the secrets of liars?
Why do attorneys ask the court to let wrongdoers escape punishment?
Why do attorneys encourage individuals who have done nothing wrong to settle?
Why do attorneys assist individuals in committing heinous acts (e.g., establishing sweatshops in third world countries)?
Why do attorneys force police off the street to testify about a $25 ticket?
The program is available as a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course; two Ethics credits will be granted; the cost is $75 for NYCLA members, $125 for nonmembers and $25 for attendees who are not attorneys.
Randy Cohen has written humorous articles, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s and The Atlantic. He has also been a writer for “Late Night With David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy Awards, and won a fourth Emmy Award for his work on “TV Nation.” For two years, he wrote and edited “News Quiz” for the online magazine Slate. Mr. Cohen has written several books, including The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Tell Right from Wrong in Everyday Situations.
Bruce A. Green
Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law. He serves on NYCLA’s Board of Directors and on the Ethic Institute’s Board of Advisors. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty, Professor Green was a law clerk for Judge James L. Oakes and Justice Thurgood Marshall, and an assistant U.S. attorney and chief appellate attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
To see each panelist strategize and prepare on YouTube, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwQ1OtjkulY.
The New York County Lawyers’ Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.
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