Ethics and the Law

Father Robert F. Drinan will discuss law and ethics at the law school March 30 and 31. Father Drinan was described as such a “towering figure in the academic, professional, clerical and public service fields” that he “is the stuff of which legends are made” when he received the 2004 Medal from the American Bar Association, the organization’s highest honor.

A priest, lawyer, politician and activist, Father Drinan has taught since 1981 at Georgetown University Law Center, focusing on legal ethics and international human rights. During his service in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1970 to 1981, he sat on various House committees and was the chair of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the House Judiciary Committee. Father Drinan was the first to introduce a resolution in Congress calling for the impeachment of then-President Nixon over the Watergate scandal. He has been a visiting professor at four American universities and dean of Boston College Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International League for Human Rights, the Lawyer’s Committee for International Human Rights, the Council for a Livable World Educational Fund, Americans for Democratic Action and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is one of the founders of the Lawyer’s Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control and the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry.

Father Drinan will speak at a CLE on Friday, “Is Ethically Correct Morally Right? The Trials of Trial Practice.” That session features trial attorneys and legal scholars and is the capstone of a week-long focus on law and ethics.

Father Drinan will also speak at a lunch at noon Thursday, March 30, for faculty and students. Student tickets are limited and can be obtained by contact SBA President Fe Lopez at

Also, attorney Mark Johnson will speak about minimizing lawyer malpractice claims at a session at noon Wednesday in the courtroom. Johnson represents plaintiffs in medical and legal malpractice and serious personal injury cases. He is a frequent speaker on legal ethics, malpractice and risk management and is the author of numerous articles on lawyer liability and medical negligence.

The sessions are held with the support of distinguished alumnus James L. Holman.

More information on the CLE. For more information on the other sessions, contact Associate Dean for Alumni & Professional Relations Eric Chiappinelli at

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