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Ethics From Every Angle Conference

The "Ethics From Every Angle" conference will examine three legal ethics topics from three distinct scholarly approaches to the study of legal ethics: an empirical focus, a normative approach, and a regulatory and disciplinary perspective.

Invited scholars Brent Cotter, Kath Hall, Lynn Mather, Patrick Schmidt, Dana Remus, Mitchell Simon, John Steele, and Brad Wendel, each of whom pursues one or more of these approaches, will discuss these themes.

For example, invited scholars will examine the topic of lawyer dishonesty from all three perspectives:

  • Normative - How do we define honesty for lawyers and when, if ever, is dishonesty appropriate?
  • Empirical - What do we know about whether, and how, lawyers are dishonest and how they understand their obligations to honesty?
  • Regulatory - How do we encourage honesty through regulation, and how should dishonesty be treated in the disciplinary process?

The day will be organized around three interdisciplinary panels, with each panel composed of one normative scholar, one empiricist and one regulatory/lawyer discipline scholar. The format will be a conversation among the scholars in response to specific questions.

This event is hosted by UNH Law's Kimberly Kirkland, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty Research, with the following scholars attending:

  • Professor Brent Cotter, QC, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Currently Schulich Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Professor Kath Hall, LLM, Ph.D. (Psychology), the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 2012-2013 Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Professor Lynn Mather, Ph.D. (Political Science), MA (Anthropology), SUNY Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, NY
  • Professor Patrick Schmidt, Ph.D. (Political Science) Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • John Steele, John Steele Law, Palo Alto, CA
  • Professor W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, NY
  • Professor Dana Ann Remus, UNH School of Law (currently visiting at the University of North Carolina School of Law)
  • Professor Mitchell M. Simon, UNH School of Law

* From the conference we will produce a series of edited DVDs containing 15-20 cohesive highlights, which we will make available for free for Professional Responsibility teachers.

Our goal is to introduce students to scholarly viewpoints on these themes through lively discussions that model for the students the kind of openness to other opinions and capacity for self-reflection that ethical conduct requires.

If you are interested in obtaining copies of the DVDs when they are available, please contact: Krystal Johnson,, (603) 513-5218.


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