CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Monday, September 2, 2002

Legal Ethics in Jewish and American Law
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, October 2, October 23, and November 6

Professor Russell Pearce

Session I: The lawyer in Jewish Tradition
Session II: Confidentiality and Confilicts
Session III: Counseling Clients and Pro Bono

In this course, we will compare and contrast secular and Jewish perspectives on the lawyer's role with attention to selected provisions of the New York Code of Professional Responsibility and their counterparts in Jewish law. The course will consider the extent to which the obligations of Jewish law and American legal ethics conflict with or complement each other; whether a Jewish construct of the role of the lawyer is possible; and the application of American and Jewish texts to hypotheticals raising issues of confidentiality, conflicts of interest, pro bono service, and counseling. This course will fulfill six hours of Continuing Legal Education (Ethics and Professionalism) accreditation. Each session is approved for 2 ethics credit hours in accordance with the requirements of the New York state Continuing Legal Education Board. You may also take only one session for 2 hours of credit or two sessions for 4 hours of credit. Fordham Law School has a financial hardship policy. To apply, please submit a request in writing to Rabbi Ruth Gais, HUC-JIR, One West 4th Street, NY, NY 10012 or fax 212.388.1720.

For Information and Registration, call 212.824-2272 or email
Co-sponsored by the Stein Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer's Work, Fordham University School of Law.

Russell G. Pearce is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Louis Stein Center for Ethics and Law at Fordham University School of Law. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School where he served on the Law Journal, he has written and lectured extensively in the field of legal ethics. He has been an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, a staff attorney in the Chelsea Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, and General Counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. He is the recipient of the Sanford D. Levy Memorial Award from the New York State Bar Association "in recognition of his contribution to understanding and advancement in the field of professional ethics."

$100/2 hour session; $175 for two sessions, $250 for three sessions

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.