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Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.
Ethics, sometimes known as philosophical ethics, ethical theory, moral theory, and moral philosophy, attempt to defend and recommend concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity. Legal ethics have evolved overtime to address the traditional protections of clients within the confines of modern pressures of private practice. Each evolution brings a negotiation of conflicting interest between the clients, judges and lawyers. Like the modernization of divorce, to no fault, in our society, legal ethics evolves to meet these new challenges. In codes of conduct, or ethics the rules of engagement seem to tack a midline of fairness between the conduct being proscribed and the mission of the profession. This presentation looks to contract the structure and development of ethics to evaluate the corruption of "ethical” conduct when the power of the rule makers completely disenfranchises those who are required to follow the ethics, using as examples of ethical codes of conduct Pirates and College Athletics.
L.J. Leatherman, Palmer Leatherman White & Girard LLP, Topeka
Leatherman is a partner in Palmer Leatherman White & Giirard LLP. He specializes in plaintiff’s tort litigation in automobile negligence, wrongful death, third-party claims against insurance companies and insurance bad faith. He is a graduate of Washburn Law School, 1992. He is an active member of the Kansas Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Topeka and American bar associations, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He serves as a member of the Topeka/Shawnee County Ethics Committee.