Spring 2011 Workshop

April 29, 2011 - 12:30pm to May 1, 2011 - 1:00pm

The Spring 2001 workshop began at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN and concluded at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN.

 April 29 - May 1, 2011

Workshop themes

  • What can law teachers and practitioners in one country learn from what is being done in other countries to develop innovative and effective ways of teaching ethics and professionalism?
  • How can teaching ethics and professionalism address practicing law in an increasingly global context?


12:30 p.m. Lunch (Room 247, Board of Governors’ Room)
 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop (Dean Thomas Mengler or Associate Dean Thomas Berg and Clark Cunningham)
 2:15 p.m. The Skeptics – The Conventional Wisdom About Moral Development and Professional Education in Law School (Neil Hamilton)
2:30 p.m. Can Ethics be Taught?  A Look at the Evidence (Muriel Bebeau, followed by a brief response from Neil Hamilton and questions) | Article Pt. 1 | Article Pt. 2
3:15 p.m. Break
3:25 p.m. Brief Introduction Regarding Mission and Intentionality in Culture (Jerry Organ) 
3:30 p.m. University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program: Goals and Structure (Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit) | Article  | Program Website
3:50 p.m. University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program: Panel Discussion (law students, alumni, and mentors)
 4:30 p.m. Cocktail reception (Room 247, Board of Governors’ Room)
5:30 p.m.  Bus departs to the Gainey Conference Center
6:30 p.m. Bus arrives at the Gainey Conference Center
Check-in and free time
 8:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Carolyn (Carrie) Kaas, “Professionalism and Professional Identity Formation: The Unifying Theme of a Diverse Externship Program” |  Presentation Materials 
9:45 a.m. John Steele, Carol Langford & Justin Wilson, “Ethical Issues: the View from Inside a Large Law Firm”
 10:15 a.m. Clark Cunningham, “Using Cloud-based Case Management Software to Teach Professional Responsibility”
 10:30 a.m. Coffee break
 11:00 a.m. Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgood Hall Law School (by video link), “Canadian Initiatives for Teaching Legal Ethics and Promoting Professionalism”
 11:20 a.m. Allan (Hutch) Hutchinson and Chantal Morton, “Osgoode's Required 1st Year Course:  Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community” | Presentation Materials 
12:10 p.m. Adam Dodek, "Teaching Legal Ethics to 1st Year Canadian Law Students" |Presentation Materials Pt. 1 | Presentation Materials Pt. 2
 1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Free time
 4:00 p.m. Afternoon reception
 4:30 p.m. Bobbi Jo Boyd, “Name That Sanction!” | Presentation Materials
5:30 p.m. Robert Rosen, “Law Without Walls at the University of Miami School of Law” |Presentation Materials
6:00 p.m. Andrew Pirie, “Integrating Ethical Issues into Other Courses”
6:30 p.m. Small group discussions
 7:15 p.m. Sande Buhai, “Teaching Ethical Issues through a Simulated Client Meeting” |Presentation Materials
8:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Teaching Legal Ethics Using Comparative Materials: Paul Paton (chair), Davalene Cooper, Katerina Lewinbuk, and Judith Maute | Cooper Presentation Materials |  Lewinbuk Presentation Materials |Maute Presentation Materials 
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Small group discussions
11:45 a.m. Concluding session
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Bus departs for Minneapolis – St. Paul airport



Bobbi Jo Boyd, Campbell University
Sande L. Buhai, Loyola Law School
Davalene Cooper, New England Law
Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa
Jordan Gross, University of Montana
Carol M. Langford, University of San Francisco School of Law
Carolyn Wilkes Kaas (Carrie), Quinnipiac University School of Law
Katerina Lewinbuk, South Texas College of Law
Michelle Mason, Florida International University College of Law
Judith L. Maute, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Mary Helen McNeal, Syracuse University College of Law
James Milles, University at Buffalo Law School
Chantal Morton, Osgoode Hall Law School
Andrew Pirie, University of Victoria
Robert Eli Rosen (Rob), University of Miami
Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller-Tennessee State Treasury

Speakers and Discussants

Muriel J. Bebeau (Mickey), University of Minnesota 
Thomas Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law 
Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Clark D. Cunningham
Neil W. Hamilton, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
Allan Hutchinson, Osgoode Hall Law School
Thomas Mengler, University of St. Thomas School of Law 
Verna Monson, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
Jerry Organ, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Paul D. Paton, McGeorge School of Law
Tiffany W. Roberts, NIFTEP 
Steven R. Sorenson, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism
Michael J. Virzi 

Participant Biographical Information: PDF iconNIFTEP Spring 2011 Bios