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Speakers and hosts of the annual Ethics Seminar on April 13 are, from left, Stephen Sieberson, Creighton School of Law Interim Dean Mike Kelly, Hon. Mark Cady, J. Scott Paul and OBA President Anne Marie O’Brien.
Ethics Questions Addressed
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The 12th annual Seminar on Ethics & Professionalism attracted its usual hearty crowd on Friday, April 13, at Creighton University. It is a joint venture of the Omaha Bar Association and the Creighton School of Law.
Topics bring participants up-to-date on the new or tweaked ethics rules of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady speaks on “implicit bias.”
Hon Mark Cady addressed “A Justice System’s Response to Implicit Bias.” It was an especially topical subject, as an incident Thursday in Philadelphia in which two African-American men were tossed out of a Starbucks was questioned by the company’s CEO as a possible case of “unconscious” or implicit bias.
Sieberson took on Avvo Legal Services and found that its fee structure violates Nebraska’s Rules. He noted that 49 percent of lawyers in the 2016 OBA survey agreed with the rule.
Attorney Paul’s wrap-up on the year’s ethics decisions was laced with humor as usual, especially his closing video clip.