Ethics and Professionalism Symposia

Group photo of CLEP Symposium speakers on the steps of Mercer Law School
Speakers of the 24th Annual Georgia Symposium on Ethics and Professionalism

On March 8, 2024, the Mercer Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, in partnership with the Mercer Law Review, held the 24th Annual Georgia Symposium on Ethics and Professionalism. The topic was “Current Issues in Professional Identity Formation.” Articles arising from the symposium will be published in the Mercer Law Review.

A recording of the symposium is available here on YouTube. (Note: Because of technical difficulties, the first part of the first panel was not recorded.)

The program for the symposium was:

Thursday, March 7
Opening dinner 6 p.m.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Featured speaker: Professor Timothy Floyd, Mercer University School of Law

Friday, March 8

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: David Grenardo of the University of St. Thomas School of Law
Topic: How Law Schools Can Help Historically Underrepresented Students Develop Their Professional Identities
Commentator: Barbara Glesner-Fines UMKC School of Law
Commentator: Janice Craft, University of Richmond School of Law

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Presenter: Daisy Floyd, Mercer University School of Law
Topic: The Role of Purpose in Professional Identity
Commentator: Ken Townsend, Wake Forest Law
Commentator: Harmony Decosimo, Suffolk University Law School

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Kendall Kerew, Georgia State University College of Law
Topic: The Rule of Law, the Role of the Public Citizen, and Professional Identity Formation
Commentator: Eduardo Capulong, CUNY School of Law
Commentator: Kelly Terry, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Presenter: Aric Short, Texas A & M University School of Law
Topic: Beyond Fiduciary Duties: Developing Discernment to Navigate Conflict in Law Student Professional Identity Formation
Commentator: Carwina Weng, Law School Admissions Council
Commentator: Lindsey Gustafson, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law


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.

2020: Ethics, Professionalism, and the Role of the Attorney General of the United States: Lessons from History 72 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