Continuing Legal Education

Ethics and Professionalism through the Lens of Literature - 2014

June 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours, including 6.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Masters Series


Limited Seating, Register Early!
Registration will be limited to the first 30 participants.


Gain a better understanding of the recurring ethical issues
facing attorneys by exploring the pages of literature!

Literature is a unique and entertaining way to examine the ethical conundrums of the law by forcing us to step away from the formalities of the profession and gain a better understanding of the human condition. Retired Minnesota Judge, Timothy J. Baland, returns to the ISBA to conduct this distinct Master Series seminar in which he uses literature to explore a number of ethical and philosophical issues, including:

  • The role of ambition in our professional lives;
  • The impact of peer, firm or organization pressure on the way we practice;
  • The impact of client wealth, status or power on attorney advice and conduct;
  • The degree to which law firm or organizational “culture” (or the example set by senior partners) influences the ethicality of attorney conduct;
  • Going our own way vs. bowing to the will or judgment of others;
  • Displaying emotion in our professional lives;
  • How notions of loyalty and fear of looking foolish influence attorney conduct;
  • Handling conflict between professional ethics and individual conscience;
  • How we define professional success and the price we pay for it;
  • The assumptions and stereotypes that affect our assessment of others;
  • The pros and cons of attempting to display cultural or ethnic sympathy and understanding;
  • Speaking up vs. remaining silent; and
  • Much more!

Program registrants will be given the required short stories and asked to read them prior to the program. During the program, Judge Baland will pose though-provoking questions from hypothetical scenarios and allow participants to share their experiences and ideas on the “themes” found throughout the required reading.



9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
The Senior Partner’s Ethics by Louis Auchincloss

Comments from Mr. Baland’s previous ISBA seminars:
Completely different, but completely fascinating CLE course.--John Norris, Spring 2012 Attendee

A truly interesting and interactive approach to ethical questions.--Spring 2012 Attendee

Possibly one of the best CLE’s I have been at.
– Glenn Ronaldson, 2011 Attendee

This was a great program! Great discussion on relevant topics.– Kate Reifsnyder, 2011

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break (refreshments provided)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Justice by John Galsworthy

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
My Enemy’s Enemy by Kingsly Amis