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Ethics Roundable: Reimagining lawyer regulation in light of the realities o...
Tue. 23 May 2017, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm AEST
This one day roundtable celebrates the visit of Professor Leslie Levin to the ANU College of Law. Professor Levin will initiate the discussion with a presentation of her most recent US empirical research work on the myriad factors that affect lawyer decisionmaking. This will open discussion on the scope of factors including behavioural ethics to explain unethical behaviour. The roundtable will reimagine lawyer regulation in this light of the research. The roundtable is designed to be an informal highly interactive forum, of interest to academic teachers, researchers, practitioners and regulators.
Professor Leslie Levin is the Joel Barlow Professor of Law at University of Connecticut School of Law. She is an expert on the legal profession, ethical decisionmaking and lawyer discipline, subjects she has examined in numerous publications, notably her co-edited book (with Lynn Mather) Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decisionmaking in Context. She was the principal investigator on a study funded by the Law School Admissions Council of the predictive value of the bar’s character and fitness inquiry. A member of the UConn Law faculty since 1994, she also has taught at New York University School of Law and the University of Haifa (as a Fulbright Specialist) and served as a visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland.
Professor Levin has wide experience in practice, clerking for Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York, 14 years as an attorney at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where she represented media clients, engaged in commercial litigation, secretary to the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the New York City Bar Association, and service on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and the Connecticut Joint Task Force on Attorney Trustee Accounts.
Her recent research has included journal articles on the regulatory impact of insurers (2016, Regulators at the Margins: The Impact of Malpractice Insurers on Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Connecticut Law Review 48(4) 555); the bar’s character test (2015, with Christine Zozula & Peter Siegelman, The Questionable Character of the Bar’s Character and Fitness Inquiry, 40 Law & Soc. Inquiry 51); on lawyer and non-lawyer competition (2014, The Monopoly Myth and Other Tales About the Superiority of Lawyers, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2611); on lawyer discipline (2011, Bad Apples, Bad Lawyers or Bad Decisionmaking: Lessons from Psychology and from Lawyers in the Dock, 22 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1594 (2009); and on immigration lawyers (2009, Guardians at the Gates: The Backgrounds, Career Paths and Professional Development of Private U.S. Immigration Lawyers 34 Law & Soc. Inquiry 399).
The ANU College of Law’s sixth one-day roundtable follows successful dialogues in previous years led by Professors Mitt Regan, Kimberly Kirkland, David Wilkins, Judith Wegner and James Moliterno.