NIFTEP Fall 2011 Workshop

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National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalsim Fall 2011 Workshop: Bar Discipline
Fri, Nov 11th 2:00 pm - Mon, Nov 14th 5:00 pm
Conference location: 
The Inn at Serenbe - Palmetto, Georgia
Sponsor organization(s) or institution(s): 
National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism
National Organization of Bar Counsel
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism
Sponsor(s)' contact information: 
National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP) Clark Cunningham, Director Tiffany Roberts, Deputy Director Georgia State University College of Law P.O. Box 4037 Atlanta, GA 30302-4037 Phone: (404) 413-9178 Fax: (404) 413-9225 Street Address for Courier Delivery: 140 Decatur Street, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30303 Email: NIFTEP web site:
NOBC is a voluntary professional organization whose members handle lawyer disciplinary complaints. The NOBC does not itself handle disciplinary complaints. If you would like to contact one of our member offices or determine which disciplinary authority to contact regarding a complaint, please consult the Bar Associations and Disciplinary Authorities section of our Web site or the directory of lawyer disciplinary authorities maintained online by the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility at Contact NOBC directly by e-mail:
Standing Committee on Professionalism American Bar Association 321 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654-7598 Fax Number: (312) 988-5491 Staff Paul A. Haskins Lead Counsel, Standing Committee on Professionalism Telephone: (312) 988-5175 Email:

NIFTEP conducts bi-annual workshops that bring together leading academics and practitioners involved teaching legal ethics and promoting professionalism. Workshops are cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. The Spring 2011 NIFTEP workshop was also cosponsored by the Ethics Across the Professions Initiative at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. The Fall 2011 NIFTEP workshop was also cosponsored by the National Organization of Bar Counsel.

Participants in NIFTEP workshops are designated NIFTEP Fellows. There is no charge for workshop registration, lodging, or meals during the workshop. Travel stipends may be available based on need.

Fall 2011 Workshop Themes:

1) What do we know - and what should we teach - about how lawyer discipline actually works?

2) Improved and innovative collaboration between law schools and disciplinary authorities



1:00 pm

Welcome Luncheon

Workshop Overview

Clark Cunningham, Director, National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism, and W. Lee Burge Professor of Law & Ethics, GSU College of Law

Participant Introductions

2:15 pm

Preview and Open Discussion of Burge Conference Keynote:

What Do We Know and What Should We Teach About How Bar Discipline Really Works?

An Empirical Study of Bar Discipline in Georgia and Other States.

Daisy Floyd, University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation and Former Law Dean, Mercer University, and Tim Floyd, Director of the Law & Public Service Program and Professor of Law, Mercer University

3: 30 pm

Teaching Demonstration: Warning Entering Students About Failure to Disclose Criminal History on Their Law School Applications

Sarah Valentine, Assistant Dean of Students and Admissions and Associate Law Library Professor, City University of New York, and Roy Sobelson, Associate Dean, GSU College of Law

4:00 pm


4:40 pm

Teaching About Bar Discipline in a Required First Year Course

Bill Henderson, Indiana University- Bloomington

Pat Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Ethics & Professionalism, Mercer University

5:30 pm

Break for dinner

6:15 pm

Dinner at the Hil Restaurant - 9110 Selborne Lane, Suite 110, Palmetto, Georgia 30268


8:00 - 10:30 am

Free time to explore Serenbe. Coffee and pastries provided at 10:30 am

10:40 am

Teaching Demonstration: Communications and Partnering – Inadequate Guidance from Rules of Professional Conduct

Kelly Faglioni, Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP, Richmond, Virginia
11:25 am

Teaching Demonstration: Virtue Ethics and the Deciding Lawyer:

Michael S. McGinniss, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law

12:10 pm

Reporting Discipline Decisions Back to Law Schools

John Berry, Legal Division Director, Florida Bar and Clark Cunningham

12:40 pm


1:40 pm

Teaching Demonstration: What Are Your Options When Your Client Threatens to File a Grievance?

Aviva Meridian-Kaiser, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

2:00 pm

Teaching Demonstration: Determining the Appropriate Sanction

Mitch Simon, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire [and 2-3 bar discipline lawyers]

2:30 pm

Teaching Demonstration: South Carolina’s “Ethics School”

Barbara Seymour, Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of South Carolina

Michael Virzi, Instructor, School of Law, University of South Carolina
3:00 pm

Small Group Meetings: One (topics to be chosen by participants during workshop)

4:00 pm

Bar Discipline Externships

David Caudill, Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair & Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

4:30 pm


4:40 pm

Small Group Meetings (topics to be chosen by participants during workshop)

5:15 pm

What Was the Best Thing About This Workshop? Each participant in turn.

6:00 pm

Preview of the Panel Discussions at Tomorrow’s Burge Conference

7:00 pm

Concluding Dinner at the Inn


7:30-8:45 am

Breakfast & Check-Out at Serenbe

9:00 am

Carpool to GSU College of Law for Burge Conference

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