Witkin Symposium – Learning from Ethical Nightmares in Famous Trials: How Similar Issues are Handled under Today’s Rules

Doron Weinberg, Judge Lise A Pearlman, Retired, and Steven A. Lewis are the panelists from noon to 2:00 pm in the Alameda County Conference Center, in the same building as the Alameda County Law Library, at 125 Twelfth Street at Oak Street in Oakland. This highly entertaining program, with 2 Hours of Ethics MCLE Credit, focuses in turn, on serious ethical issues raised in four extraordinary trials that made national headlines in the early 20th century. First, the Tennessee trial of Ed Johnson for rape, second the Georgia trial of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan, third Clarence Darrow’s last case, and fourth the New Jersey trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. In those days the rules of professional responsibility were rarely enforced. The panel then turns to current issues under our California rules in each of the areas of focus raised in the headline trials. Whether your practice is civil or criminal, you should find these cautionary tales informative and gain valuable lessons from the discussion of parallel ethical problems today. Call 510-272-6484 to register with Visa or Master Card. Lunch is included in the registration. Registration/sign in is from 11:30 a.m. to noon. More information is available in the flyer at http://www.acgov.org/law/WitkinLecture2013flyer.pdf

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