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Lawyer Shaming, Lawyer Independence, and Bad Clients

Lawyer Shaming, Lawyer Independence, and Bad Clients

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Via Zoom 

How far should we go in criticizing lawyers for the causes and clients that they represent?  The question has arisen again and again in recent years as lawyers and law firms have been excoriated by the public and fellow members of the bar, and occasionally sanctioned by courts, for issues as varied as challenging the validity of the 2020 election, defending Harvey Weinstein, representing fossil fuel companies, and, most recently, representing the University of Hong Kong in its efforts to remove a monument to the Tiananmen Square massacre. 

This panel will examine the clash of ethical principles at stake in the debate, especially with reference to clients who are perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in other particularly bad behavior.


Camila Bustos, Co-Founder of Law Students for Climate Accountability, Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Rights at Trinity College, and Law Clerk at the Connecticut Supreme Court  

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law at Hofstra Law School

W. Bradley Wendel, Edwin H. Woodruff Professor of Law at Cornell Law School

The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.  The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.  Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to “make a difference.” The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

For more information, please contact Debbie Grattan, Legal Ethics Coordinator at 516-463-5748 or

Tuesday, January 25, 2022



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Debbie Grattan

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