UC Hastings will host a two-day symposium on February 26-27, entitled “Professional Ethical Integrity: Cornerstone for Rule of Law Reform Around the Globe.”
Focusing on the professional ethics and integrity of attorneys and judicial officials, the Symposium will highlight the experience of justice systems that have faced substantial rule of law challenges, including systems in which pioneering efforts are being made to address or vitalize professional ethics to sustain the rule of law. The Symposium seeks to identify challenges and to advance innovative approaches to solutions.
<<Please click here for registration>>
“Many countries – including our own – struggle with the link between strengthening the rule of law and ensuring that participants in the legal system act according to basic ethical parameters,” says Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza. “These might include rules on confidentiality, conflict of interest, rules designed to avoid corruption and undue influence, and rules designed to ensure the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. Though there have been conferences before on pieces of these problems, this Symposium brings all these parts together in a new and fruitful way by involving private and public lawyers, academics, and practitioners from several continents, all of whom possess a wealth of experience actually trying to make legal systems function better.”
The Symposium is structured to be engaging and highly interactive. The first day, participants will hear lawyers and judges from Haiti, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, and Taipei, among other places, discuss their own experiences as well as thorny theoretical and practical questions. On the second day, participants will break into working groups to suggest how to further the process of discovery, interchange, innovation, and learning across borders and across professional roles.
“Integrity of the judicial process is a crucial part of the rule of law, which in turn is an essential part of constitutional government,” says Professor Geoffrey Hazard. “This Symposium will address the ethics of interaction between judges and lawyers, which is the measure of integrity, as well as present an opportunity to compare the integrity of international legal systems. Our hope is that participants will realize the importance of ethical interaction between lawyers and judges,” Hazard continued. “Corrupt or slothful judges or lawyers weaken and can disable any constitutional system.”
<<Please click here for registration>>
Registration is free and open to the public. There is an optional fee of $25 for those attendees able to bear that cost, to defray the expense of refreshments served at the conference. Please register by February 20th.
MCLE, including up to 4 hours of Ethics, is available to eligible attendees. Please be advised that a Certificate of Attendance cannot be issued without completion of the required procedures and forms. Sign in/out Sheet, Evaluation Form and MCLE handouts will be available at the registration table on the day of event.
Day 1 of the symposium consists primarily of four panels addressing ethical integrity challenges and solutions for the legal profession (Panels 1 and 2, respectively) and the judiciary (Panels 3 and 4, respectively). In addition, the Day 1 lunchtime keynote panel will focus on challenges faced by law firms with global practices.
On Day 2, conference participants break into working groups to consider the ethical integrity challenges and solutions discussed on the first day of the conference, followed by a summary panel to highlight and capture insights developed during the Symposium.
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks by UC Hastings Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L Hillman
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Framing the Symposium: UC Hastings Professor Kate Bloch
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Panel #1: Identifying Ethical Integrity Challenges to the Rule of Law Facing the Legal Profession
Me Carlos Hercule, President of the Federation of Bar Associations of Haiti; President of the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince
Professor Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and Director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University
Jessica Vapnek, Technical Director, Tetra Tech DPK
Moderator: UC Hastings Professor Rory Little
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Morning Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel #2: Exploring Pioneering Approaches to Addressing Ethical Integrity Challenges to the Rule of Law Facing the Legal Profession
Dr. Jomanas Eustache, Dean of L'École Supérieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie, Haiti
Sally Huashin Yen, Deputy Secretary General of the Taipei Bar Association
Daniel Yu, Senior Advisor, UDA Education Consulting Group, Former China Country Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Moderator: UC Hastings Professor Kate Bloch
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunchtime Keynote Panel: Ethical Conundrums Confronting Attorneys Who Practice Around the World
Peter J. Engstrom, General Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Jeffrey E. Stone, Partner and Co-Chair, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Moderator: The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan ‘75, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Panel #3: Identifying Ethical Integrity Challenges to the Rule of Law Facing the Judiciary
Professor Fu Hualing, Faculty of Law at Hong Kong University
Me Mario Joseph, Human Rights Attorney and Co-Founder & Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Haiti
Honorable Anthony Scirica, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Moderator: UC Hastings Professor Morris Ratner
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Panel #4: Exploring Innovative Approaches to Addressing Ethical Integrity Challenges to the Rule of Law Facing the Judiciary
Honorable Evgeni Georgiev, Bulgarian trial court judge
Katya Salazar, Peruvian Attorney and Executive Director of Due Process of Law Foundation
Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Moderator: Honorable William A. Fletcher, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Joint Legal Profession & Judiciary Working Groups; Possible Working Group Devoted to Criminal Justice Ethics
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel: Capturing the Insights: Commonalities & Differences
Professor Geoffrey Hazard, Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings
Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings
Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota
The University of California, Hastings College of the Law is committed to making its facilities and events accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need reasonable accommodations, please contact the Disability Access Hotline at 415-581-4848 or DAH@uchastings.edu at least two weeks before the event.