Levin Center plans legal ethics discussion, April 4

The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School will present “Mindful Lawyering: The Ethics of Knowing When to Say No” on Monday, April 4.

In January, “60 Minutes” reported on an undercover investigation in which 16 New York lawyers were asked about helping a client hide questionably obtained money. Only one said “no.” How do lawyers keep their moral compass on true north when confronted with the pressures of their boss, their clients, their firm, making money? This panel will look at the “60 Minutes” case and discuss the complex issues when lawyers are involved in matters that challenge their personal values and ethics. The group also will talk about the role of attorneys in tax avoidance and money laundering investigations.

The program will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required at law.wayne.edu/mindful2016. Parking will be available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law.

Panelists will include:

• Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Levin Center at Wayne Law, distinguished legislator in residence at Wayne Law and senior counsel to Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.

• U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds, Eastern District of Michigan, Wayne Law class of 1976, and executive committee member of the Wayne Law Board of Visitors.

• Reginald Turner, member of Clark Hill PLC, past president of the State Bar of Michigan and member of the Levin Center External Advisory Board.

The Levin Center’s Linda Gustitus, Wayne Law class of 1975, will give introductory remarks.

Wayne Law Professor Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who teaches courses including Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession, as well as White Collar Crime, will moderate the discussion.


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