Continuing Legal Education

Ethics of Persuasion

June 14, 2013
8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
4.75 MCLE hours, including 4.75 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
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Masters Series

Join us for this interactive seminar that focuses on Plato’s Gorgias in which Socrates attempts to defeat Gorgias’ and Callicles’ positions on the permissible modes and uses of persuasion!

Our speaker, Donna Adler, will introduce the author and text and then facilitate an interactive reading, with parts played by participants. Throughout the reading, Ms. Adler will interpose relevant questions for later discussion by drawing special attention to specific parts of the text. The program concludes with an examination of various hypothetical scenarios targeted to address the issues concerning persuasion that was addressed in the text. Specifically, Rules 3.3, 3.4, and 4.1 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct will be discussed in an attempt to achieve a coherent approach to the ethical issues raised throughout the seminar.


About the Author:
Donna Adler
, J.D., PhD., is a lawyer trained in philosophical theology who wrote her dissertation on Augustine’s thought and became familiar with many classics in rhetoric in the process. She has been an Illinois lawyer for many years and is the managing member of her own law firm, Adler Law, LLC. Donna pursues a well-rounded general practice, including general civil litigation, immigration law, administrative law (including but not limited to employment discrimination), criminal defense, and family law. She received her undergraduate degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago (with honors) and her law degree from Northwestern University. She later earned an M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in systematic and philosophical theology from the University of Notre Dame.