Understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct is a necessary but not sufficient condition to being a successful and ethical lawyer. University of Virginia Professor Mary C. Gentile has developed the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) approach, which can help lawyers act effectively and with professionalism. This innovative approach to ethical dilemmas argues that often the issue is not distinguishing right or wrong, but rather knowing how to act on your values successfully despite opposing pressure, and without sacrificing professional goals.
This approach is widely adopted in business schools and industry settings around the world, and is designed to build the skills, confidence, moral muscle, and habit of voicing our values in challenging situations. Law firms and law schools can capitalize on GVV to help lawyers who have identified the right choice, to act on that choice ethically, with professionalism and in the best interest of their clients.
The event will bring together leaders in law and ethics and will feature Gentile as a speaker. It takes place on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 8:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101) of the Charles Widger School of Law. The event is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 ethics credits.
“Ethics in Action” is sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance.
Additional funding provided by the Charles Koch Foundation.
8:45-9:00 a.m.: Introductions
9:00-9:45 a.m.: Giving Voice To Values: the “How” of Developing Values-Driven Lawyers
Mary Gentile, Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
9:45-10:30 a.m.: Why This Matters to Lawyers and Other Leaders
Co-Moderated by Doris DelTosto Brogan ’81, Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law and Steven Chanenson, Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law
10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45-11:30 a.m.: GVV at Villanova Law
Doris DelTosto Brogan ’81, Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law
Steven Chanenson, Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law
Becky Fitzsimmons, Esq., Associate Director of Career Strategy, Charles Widger School of Law
Moderated by Josephine Nelson, Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics), Charles Widger School of Law
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Using GVV in Our Clinical Classrooms
Lisa Bliss, Clinical Professor, Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Clinical Programs and Co-Director of HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law
Paula Galowitz, Clinical Professor of Law Emerita, New York University School of Law
Kendall Kerew, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Externship Program, Georgia State University College of Law
Catherine Klein, Director of Columbus Community Legal Services and Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Moderated by Caitlin Barry, Assistant Professor of Law, Director of Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic and Co-Director of Community Interpreter Internship Program, Charles Widger School of Law
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Exploring GVV in Legal Practice: A Teaching Demonstration and Discussion
Moderated by Steven Chanenson, Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Broadening the Lens
Samuel Brattini, Adjunct Professor, Villanova University College of Engineering
Christopher Corts, Professor of Law, Legal Practice, University of Richmond School of Law
Carolyn Plump, Assistant Professor of Business Law, La Salle University School of Business
Manuela Priesemuth, Assistant Professor of Management & Operations, Villanova University School of Business
Moderated by Doris DelTosto Brogan ’81, Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law
3:30 p.m.: Conclusion