Seminar To Focus On Ethical Issues For Lawyers

Nov. 24, 2004

by Alan Hunt

An ethics luncheon and seminar for Baylor law students and local attorneys will be held Dec. 3, co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, Baylor Law School and the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.

The luncheon will be held at the Hughes Dillard Alumni Center from 11:30 to 1 p.m., and will be free to Baylor law students. The cost for attorneys to attend the luncheon is $10.

Keynote speaker will be San Antonio attorney Gerald Harris Goldstein, a University of Texas law graduate and an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University Law School. Goldstein is past-president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, past-president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Dean's Round Table at the University of Texas School of Law.

Goldstein will speak on the topic "Maury Maverick, Jr.: A Champion for Justice and Civil Liberties." Maverick was a San Antonio lawyer, a legislator and newspaper columnist. After leaving the legislature in 1956, he represented minorities against discrimination, conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War, and Madeline Murray O'Hair. Maverick began writing his newspaper column in the 1970s, and his last column appeared a few weeks after his death in 2003.

The luncheon program has been approved for one hour of continuing legal education (CLE) ethics credit.

The seminar program will be held from 2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center. The seminar program schedule states that the purpose of the seminar is to expose third-year law students to relevant ethical issues and "to involve lawyers in the discussion of these issues with the students."

Speakers and their topics will include, Jan Woodward Fox of Houston, "Structuring the Attorney/Client Relationship;" Janis Reinken of Austin, "Contract Lawyer Work;" and Andy Tindel of Tyler, "Settlement Issues."

There is no charge to attend the seminar program, but reservations are required. Attorneys wishing to participate, or to attend the luncheon, should e-mail Susan Nelson at sinelson@aol.com. Attendance at the seminar will count for CLE credit of 2.5 hours in ethics. Law students wishing to attend the luncheon should make reservations through Heather Creed, director of student relations at Baylor Law School, or Professor Bill Underwood.

Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben said, "We are very pleased to be the host venue for this program of the (State Bar of Texas) Section on Litigation that aims to place the considerations of ethical practice front and center for the audience. Baylor Law School is especially pleased to be able to work with the section on this particular project, given our school's very high profile in trial advocacy. The Section on Litigation and Baylor Law School are, indeed, very fitting partners in this endeavor."

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