Civility? What is civility? This seminar will discuss civility in the legal profession, along with the history of civility within the profession. This seminar will discuss the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, particularly in regard to its anti-discrimination rule, 8.4(g). This seminar will explore the ABA’s adoption of Model Rule 8.4(g), as well as other jurisdictions adoption or rejection of Rule 8.4(g). This seminar will go through various real-life examples and resulting attorney discipline for violations of Rule 8.4(g). This seminar will conclude with a current-day view of Model Rule 8.4(g) and how it intersects with various political movements throughout the country.
Key topics to be discussed:
Civility Defined and Explored
History and Adoption of Model Rule 8.4(g)
Compare/Contrast Title VII and Model Rule 8.4(g)
Various State’s Interpretations of Rule 8.4(g)
Real-life Cases and Attorney Discipline
The Current Political Climate of Model Rule 8.4(g)
Date: February 20, 2023
Cari Lynn Sheehan | IU Kelley School of Business
Cari Sheehan is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics with the IU Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis where she teaches courses in Business Law and Ethics. In addition, Ms. Sheehan teaches courses at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis, including Torts and Appellate Practice and Procedure.
Ms. Sheehan graduated cum laude from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in 2004, Ms. Sheehan then earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2007.
Ms. Sheehan is admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Indiana and Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Prior to joining the faculty at the IU Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, Ms. Sheehan worked as a Professional Responsibility Attorney at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP in its Indianapolis office. Ms. Sheehan’s practice focused on various legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. In addition, Ms. Sheehan worked as an Adjunct Professor at Butler University in the Lacy School of Business. She taught courses in Business Ethics and Business Law.
In her early years of legal practice, Ms. Sheehan also practiced as a litigation attorney working on a wide variety of litigation matters, including Title IX litigation, employment discrimination, bullying and school litigation, complex torts, civil rights litigation, police misconduct, medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death claims and criminal issues. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in Indiana and Illinois.
I. Civility Defined and Explored | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
II. History and Adoption of Model Rule 8.4(g) | 2:10pm – 2:20pm
III. Compare/Contrast Title VII and Model Rule 8.4(g) | 2:20pm – 2:30pm
IV. Various State’s Interpretations of Rule 8.4(g) | 2:30pm – 2:40pm
V. Real-life Cases and Attorney Discipline | 2:40pm – 2:50pm
VI. The Current Political Climate of Model Rule 8.4(g) | 2:50pm – 3:00pm