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Annual Meeting 2017
June 7, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Law Clerk’s Society’s will hold its annual meeting, featuring a presentation by Professor Brian Sheppard, currently a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University, and formerly a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Judicial Court.  We will discuss the emergence of a recent trend of citizens using high-profile challenges directed to legal ethics offices, to obtain review of the conduct of high government officials.  Professor Sheppard has written extensively on the subject, including in an op-ed to the Boston Globe on December 19, 2016 entitled “Bring the Gitmo Detainees to Trial.”

Please join us for this year’s Annual Meeting as we welcome Professor Brian Sheppard for a discussion about some interesting developments in the world of legal ethics.  The “Resist Trump” movement has embraced the legal ethics complaint to challenge the most high-profile attorneys in the Executive Branch.  Ethics complaints have been filed against the heads of the DOJ and EPA, the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo, and Kellyanne Conway.  No one has yet discussed how, collectively, rules about legal ethics are gaining currency as a tool in the political toolbox.  Small legal ethics offices might resolve some of the biggest issues surrounding top attorneys in the Executive Branch.  But can legal ethics offices take on this challenge?  Should they?  Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation with Professor Sheppard.

Brian Sheppard is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University.  With other professors and lawyers, he helped draft a Guantanamo-related complaint, a first in this emerging trend.  He also recently authored an op-ed in the Boston Globe, “Bring the Gitmo Detainees to Trial.”  In addition to writing on ethics, Professor Sheppard’s scholarly work addresses the specificity of legal norms and the behavior of those subject to them, particularly in the context of emerging technology.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Vanderbilt University Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review Forum, among others.  He served as a law clerk to Justice Martha Sosman from 2001-2002, which he describes as one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.