National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism
The National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism was established in 2005 as a consortium of the following five nationally-recognized centers on ethics and professionalism:
- The Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics at Fordham University
- The Mercer University School of Law Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
- The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina
- The Stanford Center on Ethics
- The W. Lee Burge Endowment for Law & Ethics at Georgia State University
Since that time, the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the Center on the Global Legal Profession at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington have joined the NIFTEP consortium.
NIFTEP conducts bi-annual workshops that bring together leading academics and practitioners involved in teaching legal ethics and promoting professionalism.
Other NIFTEP projects include the International Forum on Teaching Legal Ethics and Professionalism, a user-driven online community and resource library for ethics teachers, scholars, and practitioners worldwide.
The most recent NIFTEP workshop took place from 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 8 until 11:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2014 in London, England, immediately preceding the 6th International Legal Ethics Conference (ILEC6), and was co-sponsored by Teaching Legal Ethics UK and and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. The workshop venue was the Gray’s Inn Campus of the City Law School.
Participants in this highly interactive workshop were selected as NIFTEP Fellows through an online application process. Total attendance at the London workshop, including Fellows and invited speakers, was 24. There was no charge for registration, rooms at International Hall, and meals during the workshop. Fellows were responsible for their own travel expenses.
From past workshop evaluations:
This was the best program for learning innovative ways of teaching legal ethics that I have ever attended.
NIFTEP Spring 2011 Workshop participant
In an evaluation of the Spring 2011 NIFTEP workshop, 95.2% of participants said they would "strongly recommend" attending a NIFTEP workshop.