A film essay on ethics and professionalism, Red State, Blue State brings a fresh viewpoint to the ongoing debate about the role of morality in the practice of law. The film is offered as a free resource for law school classes and continuing legal education programs; it also is available as an online program that is accredited by the New York State CLE Board for experienced attorneys to earn one (1) non-transitional, ethics and professionalism credit hour.
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The film poses these questions:
- Should lawyers bring their personal morality into the counseling of clients?
- Why do most lawyers reject moral counseling in favor of amoral partisanship?
- Is our understanding of the lawyer’s role connected to a particular political philosophy?
Featuring interviews with:
- Doug Ammar
- Robin Barnes
- Erwin Chemerinsky
- Lawrence Fox
- Heather MacDonald
- John McGinnis
- Russell Pearce
- Deborah Rhode
- William Simon
- Kenneth Starr
- David Wilkins
The film is inspired by the scholarship of Russell Pearce, the Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion and a co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics at Fordham Law School.
Red State, Blue State: Lawyers, Politics and Moral Counseling
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A film essay on ethics and professionalism, Red State, Blue State brings a fresh viewpoint to the ongoing debate about the role of morality in the practice of law.