• Lawyers Following Orders

Spring course from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies

4 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

This program has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

Lawyers Following Orders, Ethical Pitfalls and Practical Advice is presented by the Center for Advanced Legal Studies and the New York City Bar.

In today’s legal marketplace, lawyers usually practice with other lawyers and thus find themselves supervising other attorneys or being supervised themselves.

In this environment, what happens when a partner tells an associate to bury a smoking-gun document instead of producing it in discovery, or when a prosecutor instructs a subordinate not to disclose exculpatory evidence to a defense attorney?

The answer, social psychologists tell us, is that subordinates are much more likely to do what they are told than we would like to believe.

This program will describe a subordinate lawyer’s tendency to obey authority figures, identify specific problems that occur in both the civil and criminal contexts as a result of this tendency, explore the many legal ethics issues that consequently arise, and offer insights into how to deal with these problems, which ultimately have ethical, legal, and malpractice dimensions.

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