For Immediate Release:  Sep 18, 2009
2009, 09, 18

Cyrus Vance, Jr., Barry Scheck and Jeffrey Toobin among Speakers at Hofstra Legal Ethics Conference

Cyrus Vance, Jr., Barry Scheck and Jeffrey Toobin among Speakers at Hofstra Legal Ethics Conference

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Cyrus Vance, Jr., a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney and a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer PC, along with Barry C. Scheck, professor of law and director of The Innocence Project at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and Jeffrey Toobin, an author and CNN analyst, will be among the speakers at a legal ethics conference, hosted by Hofstra Law School from October 18-20, 2009. 

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The Hofstra Law School conference, titled Power, Politics & Public Service:  The Legal Ethics of Lawyers in Government, will focus on two related topics concerning lawyers in government.  First, it will seek to define and address the high priority regulatory and cultural reforms regarding the ethics of prosecutors.  Second, it will explore the ethical duties and limitations of government lawyers other than prosecutors who advise or litigate on behalf of public officials or public agencies.

“This will be our seventh legal ethics conference at Hofstra Law, but this is the first time the conference has focused on legal ethics of lawyers in government.  The public and profession have increasingly focused on issues of government lawyers’ ethics over the past few years.  The conference brings together speakers who have either written about these issues as professors or lived through them as lawyers.  The combination will generate an intelligent and informed discussion that is intended to produce real changes and solutions,” said Hofstra Law Professor Monroe H. Freedman, a conference presenter and recipient of the American Bar Association’s highest award for professionalism, in recognition of “a lifetime of original and influential scholarship in the field of lawyers’ ethics.”

Conference Director and Hofstra Law Professor Roy D. Simon added, “When people think of Hofstra Law, they think of legal ethics, and when people think of legal ethics, they think of Hofstra Law.  That’s the direct result of Professor Monroe Freedman’s decades of scholarship and leadership in the field of legal ethics, as well as the support of the Law School and Hofstra University over the years.”  Professor Simon is the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and the director of Hofstra's Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics.  He also serves as vice chair and reporter for the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct.

Confirmed speakers: 
John B. Bellinger, III
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP;
Former Legal Adviser, U.S. State
Department and National Security

I. Bennett Capers
Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra
University School of Law

Kathleen Clark
Professor of Law, Washington
University in St. Louis School of Law

Angela J. Davis
Professor of Law, American University
Washington College of Law

Bruce Green
Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law;
Director, Louis Stein Center for
Law and Ethics, Fordham University
School of Law

Peter A. Joy
Professor of Law and Director,
Criminal Justice Clinic, Washington
University in St. Louis School of Law

Fred Klein
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law,
Hofstra University School of Law

Kevin C. McMunigal
Judge Ben C. Green Professor, Case
Western Reserve University School of

Robert H. Mundheim
Chair, ABA Standing Committee on
Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Jamin Raskin
Professor of Law and Director, The Law
and Government Program, American
University Washington College of Law

Barry C. Scheck
Professor of Law and Director,
Innocence Project, Cardozo Law School

The Honorable D. Brooks Smith
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit

Jeffrey Toobin
Author and CNN Analyst

Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Keynote Speaker

Manhattan District Attorney Candidate;

Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz
Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer PC

The Honorable Mark Wolf
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the
District of Massachusetts

Ellen Yaroshefsky
Clinical Professor of Law and Director,
Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the
Practice of Law, Cardozo Law School

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