2015 Mawhinney Lecture: The Good (and Bad) That Lawyers Do

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:00


Speaker: Carrie Menkel-Meadow (Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California - Irvine), School of Law

Topic: The Good (and Bad) That Lawyers Do

This lecture will explore the contributions that lawyers, legal theory and practice have made to human endeavor --the drafting of Constitutions, the creation of new forms of organizations (non-profits, NGOs,  trade unions, as well as corporations and new forms of land ownership), creativity in legal concepts allowing people to do things together (collaboration and wealth development, as well as distribution), creation of human rights, conflict resolution, legal representation of unpopular people and ideas, leading revolutions and new forms of governance, and other productive activity, with illustrations from some notably important individual role models -- Nelson Mandela and Mahatmas Ghandi among others. We also will explore the bad that lawyers have done in the world, covering up corruption, facilitating financial scandals, participating in crime and dictatorships or failing to prevent them. The question for us what is an "ethics" of lawyering that promotes the "good" that lawyers can do and inhibits, disincentivizes or punishes the bad?

Carrie Menkel-Meadow is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California Irvine Law School, and A.B. Chettle Jr. Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center. She is the author or editor of over 10 books, including Complex Dispute Resolution (3 volumes: Foundations, Multi-Party Disputes, Democracy and Decision Making, and International Dispute Resolution), Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model, (2nd ed. 2011), Law and Popular Culture (2nd ed. 2012), and What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators (2004) and over 200 articles on subjects ranging from dispute resolution, feminist jurisprudence, legal ethics, legal education to civil procedure and the sociology of the legal profession.

She has taught conflict resolution, legal ethics and legal theory related subjects on five continents, including in Chile, Argentina, China, Singapore, Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, France, Norway, and Paraguay. She has been working, as a scholar, teacher, mediator and arbitrator for over 30 years. She recently won the first ever awarded American Bar Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship on Dispute Resolution. She was co-editor with Michael Freeman of UCL of the International Journal of Law in Context from its founding until 2013, and with Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School of the Journal of Legal Education from 2004-2009.

Menkel-Meadow was recently listed as the 5th most cited scholar in studies of the Legal Profession and Legal Ethics on the Legal Ethics Blog.   She as taught at the law schools of Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA, Georgetown, University of California, Irvine, National University of Singapore, Melbourne University, the University of Haifa, Osgoode Hall and the University of Toronto, among others. She pioneered the teaching of legal ethics with role-plays and simulations in the teacher’s manual to one of the first texts on the legal profession, written with Murray Schwartz of UCLA in the 1980s. She chaired the CPR-Georgetown Commission on Ethics and Standards in ADR, the first attempt to articulate ethical standards for mediators, arbitrators, and other third party neutrals in dispute resolution and for provider organizations.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation from 1994-2005 and currently serves on the Judge’s Committee of the ABA Silver Gavel Awards for best books and media about law and the legal profession.

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This lecture is eligible for one hour of CPD credit in Ethics.

There is no cost for this event. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to eventassistant@allard.ubc.ca or at 604-822-5018

At the Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street

Lecture from 6pm – 7pm in Le Pavillion Room
Reception 7pm-8pm in Seasons Room