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Ethics talk focuses on corporate attorneys

March 19, 2009

Ethical dilemmas faced by corporate attorneys are the topics of this year's Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics at Valparaiso University School of Law. Legal scholar John Hasnas, an author and associate professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, will give two talks March 26.

The 2:30 p.m. bench and bar presentation will examine the ethical dilemmas corporate counsel face in the world of the Holder Memorandum. The 1999 memorandum essentially established a policy encouraging corporations to waive attorney-client privilege and work product immunity in exchange for possible favorable treatment by prosecutors. There is no charge to attend the presentation.

Hasnas' talk at 4 p.m., which is free and open to the public, will focus on the potentially conflicting responsibilities corporate counsel owe to their profession and their clients' best interests.

Both lectures will be in Wesemann Hall, 656 Greenwich St., Valparaiso.

Hasnas' scholarship has focused on ethics and white collar crime, jurisprudence, and legal history. He once served as assistant general counsel to Koch Industries Inc. At Georgetown University, he teaches courses in ethics and law.

Attorneys who want to receive CLE credit for attending both lectures must RSVP by March 23 to (219) 465-7893 or Lisa.Todd@valpo.edu.

This is the 13th annual Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics. The institute was created by Glenn Tabor, Valparaiso University Law School graduate and founder of the Valparaiso law firm Blachly Tabor Bozik and Hartman.

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