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Lessons From Gandhi

Submitted by Clark Cunningham on Fri, 05-10-2013
Long title
Lessons from Gandhi on Becoming a Lawyer
Cunningham, Clark D.
Author(s)' contact information
Clark D. Cunningham
Co-Vice Chair, International Bar Association Academic & Professional Development Committee
Director, National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP)
W. Lee Burge Professor of Law and Ethics
Georgia State University College of Law
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
Phone: (404) 413-9168
Fax: (404) 413-9225
Address for FedEx/UPS/Courier Delivery:
GSU College of Law
140 Decatur Street, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-9000 (reception)
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The Burge Chair was established by an endowment from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, using funds collected for alleged attorney misconduct to promote ethics, professionalism, and access to justice.

Conference title
Transforming Legal Education
Conference location
Nigerian Law School
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As the 19th century was coming to a close an Indian merchant based in the South African port of Durban, named Dada Abdulla Sheth, filed a lawsuit in Pretoria against another group of Indian merchants. Possibly this was the most important lawsuit in history. Because of his participation in this lawsuit, an obscure and miserably unsuccessful lawyer named Mohandas Gandhi embarked on the path that transformed him into the father of Indian independence and the originator of the practice of nonviolent civil disobedience.
Attached are a draft book chapter and a powerpoint presentation that includes information about teaching legal ethics with reference to the Carnegie Report on legal education and the Four Component Model of professional conduct.
Two exccerpts from the movie, Gandhi, shown as part of the presentation, can be viewed at: