Ethics Takes Center Stage 4/17/17 04/18/17 12:30:00 PM
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|Hundreds of OBA members (and non-members) filled the seats at the Hixson-Lied Auditorium, and excess numbers spilled over to line the walls in the back of the room. Participants earned two CLE credits.
Ethics Takes Center Stage
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The 11th annual Seminar on Ethics & Professionalism attracted a standing-room-only crowd on April 7 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 new or amended Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct. Hon. Laurie Smith Camp took the audience on a virtual tour of the Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse, stopping at the historic pictures in the lobby and in her office to illustrate the history of the law in Omaha. As always, Judge Smith Camp’s words were not only filled with fascinating facts about such colorful figures as Chief Standing Bear and early 20th century political boss Tom Dennison, but also with humor and insight.
Professor Sieberson took an informal poll, asking how many would welcome an amended rule that required them to complete one hour of ethics training on a technology topic annually. The audience was split, which he said he would report to the committee considering the change.
Ethics questions are rarely black and white, so when Sieberson’s co-presenter, Rick Hoffman, a VP at UnitedLex, a provider of cyber security solutions for lawyers and law firms, offered another view, they agreed to disagree. Attorney J. Scott Paul’s wrap-up on the year’s transgressions and their outcomes was laced with humor as usual.OBA President Judge Douglas F. Johnson, J. Scott Paul of McGrath North and Creighton University School of Law Professor Stephen Sieberson were the forces behind the seminar. Paul and Sieberson both make presentations each year along with other invited speakers.Hon. Laurie Smith Camp