CPD Seminar: Movie Lawyers – Ethics in Practice and Performance

Ethical problems can have a myriad of ethical (and unethical) solutions. Sometimes the conduct rules assist by pointing out appropriate resolutions, but the rules may fail to address the particular problems we face, or may provide ambiguous or inadequate guidance. Therefore, as we approach ethical decision-making, we tend to fall into familiar patterns and draw on decisions that have worked in the past, sometimes in other contexts, without necessarily reflecting on whether these provide the most appropriate response. This session will seek to disrupt this ethical comfort zone by exploring a number of tools that can be used to support ethical decision-making in practice. It will present a series of lawyer movie characters that take varied approaches to ethical dilemmas. These characters will then tackle real ethical dilemmas that have emerged from recent cases such as Expense Reduction Analysts Group Pty Ltd v Armstrong Strategic Management and Marketing Pty Ltd (2013) 250 CLR 303 and Brett v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2014] EWHC 2974 (Admin), as well as several current case studies. This session will breathe new life into your ethical decision-making by considering new approaches and challenging old chestnuts.

Presented by: Dr Suzanne Le Mire, Dean of Law, Adelaide Law School

After practising at Piper Alderman, Suzanne moved to academia, where she is associate professor and Dean of Law at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide.

Suzanne’s research interests are focused in the discipline areas of corporate law and professional ethics. In particular her scholarly work examines the role and regulation of independent directors, judges and corporate lawyers. Suzanne is regularly invited to speak at a variety of public and professional events in Australia and overseas. She has been a distinguished overseas visitor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and visiting scholar at University College London.

Suzanne is a member of the SA Judicial Development Committee, an editor of the international journal, Legal Ethics, secretary of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association, the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations Committee, ASIC’s Regional Liaison Committee and a member of the International Association of Legal Ethicists. In 2012 Suzanne was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism based at Georgia State University in recognition of her teaching activities.

Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016
Time: 7:45am – 9:00am
Venue: Adelaide Law School, Level 5, Ligertwood Building, The University of Adelaide
Bookings: Book online now
Light breakfast will be provided.

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