My reason for being at the Baldy Center, University at Buffalo Law School, was because I had been invited to contribute a paper on transnational lawyering by Lynn Mather and Leslie Levin. The conference had the aim of: examining:
How do lawyers resolve ethical problems in the everyday context of law practice? What issues commonly emerge in different practice specialties and what are the norms and rules for resolving them? This is the first conference that focuses on the empirical research on lawyers' work and their actual decision making in a wide variety of practice contexts.It was an intensive day including papers on solo or small firm lawyers:
Participants will examine the work of lawyers in a number of practice areas, identifying one or more ethical issues that arise in the practice area. Scholars will present their research, embedding lawyers' decision making in both the professional world of ethical codes and the social and economic setting of the workplace.
- plaintiffs' lawyers--professional norms and the need to generate business
- divorce lawyers--client grievances and client relationships
- immigration lawyers--the lying client
- practice groups in large law firms--embedded ethics in practice groups
- corporate litigators--ethics in discovery
- In-House lawyers--ethics and allegiances
- Transnational lawyers--conflicts and identification of client
- tax lawyers--clients' interests or moral stewardship?
- securities lawyers--guardians of the public realm?
- patent lawyers--changing roles in defensive patent applications
- legal services lawyers--in context of social work
- ethics of law reform lawyering--top down or bottom up?
Plenty of questions and issues. We now are redrafting our papers we hope in a more integrated way that will work in the collection. We want this book to be of benefit to students as well as fellow academics and lawyers. Students often find their professional responsibility classes bear little resemblance to practice. This is a serious attempt to bring the dilemmas of practice to the student who can begin to comprehend the complexities of modern legal practice in its variety of forms.
Standing below this makes me wonder who first went over by mistake...and what they were thinking.
And here are my hosts, Lynn and Mike Mather.
They took me around Buffalo itself which has some terrific architecture, especially from the time of Louis Sullivan. (See his Prudential Building.) Chicagoans will know what I mean. Sitting on the edge of Lake Erie it has at times a coastal feel which is heightened when you can drive across the border to Canada next door.