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The Hardest Issues in “Public Interest Lawyering” Today II (Program)

Kate Kruse, Hamline University Law School (US); Anita Sinha, American University Washington College of Law (US); Jessie Tannebaum, ABA ROLI; Natasha Martin, University of Seattle School of Law (US); and Paul Tremblay, Boston College School of Law (US) (Moderator)

The Hardest Issues in “Public Interest Lawyering” Today II

Much of the current debate about the mismatch between traditional legal ethics rules and the changing nature of law practice focuses on law firms and business lawyers. Yet the rapid rate of global change and its effects on the legal profession have at least as much impact on lawyers seeking to advance the interests of those lacking in power. Panelists will offer views on these topics as part of a collective project that will address these issues in a co-authored work. They reflect the perspectives of a variety of scholars and/or activists engaged in different traditions of social change lawyering, each addressing the question: What are the hardest legal ethics issues facing “public interest” lawyers today? The panel will explore how changing socio-political contexts and corresponding new strategies for social change lawyering can produce legal ethics dilemmas, and also how legal ethics regulatory structures may merit revision in light of the changing approaches and needs of the “public interest” bar.

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