Professional Responsibility & Legal Education

Government Ethics and Corruption - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Nick Cox, Renee Flaherty, Todd P. Graves, Matthew Stephenson, Susan Rothstein-Youakim, Jefferson P. Knight February 10, 2017

This panel, Government Ethics & Corruption, was held on February 4, 2017, at the 2017 Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's BoardWalk Inn at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Government Ethics and Corruption
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

  • Mr. Nick Cox, Florida Statewide Prosecutor
  • Renee Flaherty, Institute for Justice
  • Todd Graves, Graves Garrett
  • Prof. Matthew Stephenson, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Moderator: Judge Susan Rothstein-Youakim, Florida Second District Court of Appeal
  • Introduction: Jefferson Knight, Owner, The Knight Law Firm

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Pending Litigation and the New Administration - Podcast

Litigation Practice Group Podcast
Steven G. Bradbury, William S. Consovoy February 09, 2017

Given the size and scope of the federal government, many agency regulations, guidance documents, and cases are left in various stages of development as the executive branch changes hands. The first episode of our Legal Options for the New Administration Teleforum Series focused on pending litigation in the executive branch. Is the administration free to dismiss or stop prosecuting cases which do not align with its policies? Can the administration stop defending actions in court? What are the constraints? What has been the past practice? These and other questions were discussed by our experts. 


  • Steven G. Bradbury, Partner, Dechert LLP 
  • William S. Consovoy, Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC


Corpus Linguistics and Legal Interpretation - Event Audio/Video

19th Annual Faculty Conference
Lee Liberman Otis, Kellye Y. Testy, Steven G. Calabresi, Thomas Rex Lee, Stephen Mouritsen, Lawrence Solan, Kurt T. Lash January 23, 2017

This panel is about “corpus linguistics,” a technique that involves the use of computer searches of large collections of texts, or corpora, to determine meaning by reference to usage. It will discuss this technique’s potential value and limitations in informing the interpretation of different kinds of legal texts.

This panel was held on January 5, 2017 during the 19th Annual Faculty Conference in San Francisco, CA.

8:30 am
3rd Floor, Embarcadero Room

  • Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, The Federalist Society
  • AALS President Kellye Y. Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law
  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law [on the late Justice Antonin Scalia]

Panel: Corpus Linguistics and Legal Interpretation
8:45 am - 10:15 am
3rd Floor, Embarcadero Room

  • Justice Thomas Lee, Utah Supreme Court
  • Mr. Stephen Mouritsen, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Prof. Lawrence Solan, Brooklyn Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Kurt T. Lash, University of Illinois College of Law

Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel
San Francisco, CA

ABA Rule 8.4 - Podcast

Professional Responsibility & Legal Education and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Groups Podcast
Eugene Volokh December 13, 2016

Professor Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law joined us Monday, December 12 to discuss the ABA’s new Rule 8.4 on professional misconduct. The Rule states that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to “engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.” The ABA goes further in Comments, stating that “Such discrimination includes harmful verbal or physical conduct that manifests bias or prejudice towards others,” and that the Rule applies in any situation, even social, that is “connected to the practice of law.” Professor Volokh discussed the First Amendment implications and reaction to the new rule.


  • Professor Eugene Volokh, , Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Presidential Conflicts? - Podcast

Practice Group Podcast
Richard W. Painter, David B. Rivkin Jr. December 12, 2016

“Suggestions that President-elect Donald Trump put his business holdings in a 'blind trust,' which would mean selling them to avoid potential conflicts of interest are unrealistic and unfair,” says David Rivkin, of Baker and Hostetler, in a recent Washington Post piece. University of Minnesota Law School Professor Richard Painter said, in a New York Times piece, that President-elect Trump’s announced plans to cure conflict-of-interest concerns are “not enough.” Join us as these two legal scholars discuss their positions in greater detail.


  • Professor Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin Jr., Partner, BakerHostetler