Ethics and Professionalism Symposia

On October 16, 2020, Mercer University School of Law held the 21st Annual Georgia Symposium on Professionalism and Ethics: Ethics, Professionalism, and the Role of the Attorney General of the United States: Lessons from History. The symposium was held as a Zoom webinar, from 9 am to 4:30 p.m.

Volume 72 of the Mercer Law Review contains the articles that were wrritten for the symposium:

  • Patrick E. Longan and James P. Fleissner, Partisanship and the Attorney General of the United States: Timely Lessons from Edward Levi and Griffin Bell about Repairing a Politicized Department of Justice, 72 Mercer Law Review 731 (2021)
  • Lonnie T. Brown, Jr., Civil Unrest and the Role of the Attorney General: A Comparison of Ramsey Clark to William Barr, 72 Mercer Law Review 789 (2021)
  • Nancy Virginia Baker, History, Norms and Conflicting Loyalties in the Office of Attorney General, 72 Mercer Law Review 833 (2021)
  • William Casto, Serving a Lawless President, 72 Mercer Law Review 855 (2021)


  • Dr. Nancy V. Baker, Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University
  • William R. Casto, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Lonnie T. Brown, Jr., A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Patrick E. Longan, W.A. Bootle Chair in Ethics and ProfessionalismMercer University School of Law
  • James P. Fleissner, Professor of LawMercer University School of Law             

Distinguished Guests and Commentators:

  • Richard A. (Doc) Schneider, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Rod J. Rosenstein, Partner, King & Spalding, Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
  • The Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr., United States District Judge (retired) for the Northern District of Georgia

The Mercer Center has sponsored the following symposia in past years. Proceedings and articles relating to each symposium are available in the Mercer Law Review.

2016:  Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students
68 Mercer Law Review

2012:  Defining and Enforcing the Federal Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence
64 Mercer Law Review

2008:  Ethics and Professionalism in the Digital Age
60 Mercer Law Review

2004:  Judicial Ethics and Professionalism in a New Era of Judicial Selection
56 Mercer Law Review

2003:  Lessons from Enron
54 Mercer Law Review

2001:  Ethics and Professionalism in Settlement Negotiations
52 Mercer Law Review