Distinguished Lecturers

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law has hosted an impressive group of jurist and professors who have lectured on various aspects of legal ethics. Distinguished lecturers have included Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. (Harvard Law School), Professor Sam Dash (Georgetown University Law Center), Professor Sissela Bok (Brandeis University), Judge John T. Noonan (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit), Cyrus Vance, Jr. (then-candidate for Manhattan District Attorney) and Katherine Kruse (William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship in Legal Ethics Lecture Series

February 1, 2012:

“The Rise of Institutional Law Practice”

Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law, George Washington University Law School

For generations, the legal profession has assumed that individual lawyers practice law. Ethical standards have been largely, if not exclusively, directed at individuals, and practice organizations have often been regulated to prevent limitations on individual lawyer judgment.

The world in which American lawyers now practice makes the individualized model obsolete. The complexity of modern law narrows the breadth of any individual lawyer’s practice and makes law firms inevitable. Firms, in turn, must maintain both ethical compliance and a level of quality inconsistent with idiosyncratic lawyer behavior. Corporate and government legal offices face similar issues.

No law will prevent solo practice and small firm lawyers from trying to compete, but technological developments offer the promise of lower cost service that will be hard to match. Individual and corporate clients alike will welcome lower costs. But the investment required to take full advantage of some technology may make larger practice units inevitable.

The lecture will explore these developments and suggest changes in the rules governing lawyer conduct needed to respond to the possibilities and problems the developments create.

2011: Katherine R. Kruse, Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2010: Paul Clement, Partner, King & Spalding LLP

2009: Leslie C. Levin, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

2007: Mary C. Daly, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law & Ethics, St. John’s University School of Law

2006: Ronald D. Rotunda, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

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The Specialists

Hofstra Law is one of the few law schools in the country with two senior faculty — Susan Saab Fortney and Monroe Freedman — who specialize in legal ethics.