Should Ethical Rules Forbid Discrimination and Harassment in Law Practice?

Stephen Gillers

University of Missouri School of Law

April 4, 2016
Room 7, Hulston Hall


Should states adopt an ethical rule forbidding lawyers in connection with law practice to knowingly discriminate or harass on the basis of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, disability, national origin or gender identity? The American Bar Association is currently debating whether to add such a statement to its Model Rules. The question is more challenging than it might first appear.

Among the issues are whether any such rule is needed, how to describe the forbidden conduct and whether such a rule would restrict effective advocacy, unduly interfere with legitimate practice choices or violate the First Amendment.

Please join us as Professor Stephen Gillers of New York University School of Law addresses these important issues.

This event is free and open to the public, and offers 1.0 hours of ethics CLE credit in the state of Missouri.