Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration, 4/29
Presented by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance in partnership with Cozen O'Connor
Monday, April 29
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
How could the Holocaust happen? Were there no laws to prevent it? “Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration” will examine the history and ethics of the legal profession in Germany both prior to the ascension of the Nazi Party in 1933 and, then, during the Nazi period. Examining the role of legal practitioners—lawyers and judges—in Nazi Germany will underscore the reality that moral codes governing the legal profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. What is the proper role of lawyers, judges and the law? What did the legal profession do to further or oppose the legal system during the Holocaust? What are some of the characteristics of those ethical challenges that may recur – in a different form – in the present? This engaging and interactive program will investigate the enabling and executing roles that professionals and organizations played in Nazi Germany as a means of displaying the importance of professions in contemporary society.
This event will feature faculty affiliated with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), which challenges young professionals to develop as ethical and responsible leaders through two-week, intensive programs.
This program is presented by Villanova Law's The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office (One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA). This program is approved for 2 ethics CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Registration is required. Reception with light refreshments to follow.
“Lawyers and the Holocaust” 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.