‘Money Laundering and the Duty of Confidentiality': An International Forum to be held at Suffolk University Law School

2/1/2005

A roundtable discussion of seven attorneys from around the world will focus on a sensitive issue of professional responsibility concerning the duty of lawyers to report suspicious activities or transactions.

Among the core attributes of the legal profession is the ability of clients to consult their attorneys with complete confidence, and the independence of the bar from the government.

While the need for governments to take active steps to prevent money laundering is obvious, there also is the need to ensure that reporting obligations are not so widely drawn as to pose an unwarranted interference in the right of clients to professional confidentiality.

The distinguished panelists will include: Miguel De Dios of De Dios & Goyena, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Saul Froomkin of Mello Jones & Martin, Hamilton Bermuda; Eduardo Grebler of Grebler, Pinheiro, Mourao & Raso, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Kenneth D. Kraft of Heenan Blaikie LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Michael Laux of Laux SSC & Coll, Wurzburg, Germany; Fabio Marazzi of MRZP SL, Bergamo, Italy; and David Speker, Kingsley Napley, London, England.

The discussion will be moderated by Suffolk University Law Associate Professor Christopher Gibson, who most recently was a partner in the London Office of Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in the area of international dispute and resolution intellectual property in an international context. He also has lectured extensively on international dispute resolution and electronic commerce and teaches International Business Transactions and Internet Law at Suffolk University Law School. For more information regarding the forum, contact Professor Stephen Hicks at 617-573-8381 or shicks @suffolk.edu.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum—more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology—enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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