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The Ethics of Deception

SKU: ETH6400
Total Credits
1.5 - 2.5
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As lawyers, the most profound ethical issues we face generally arise not so much where the choice is between “good” and “bad,” or “right” and “wrong,” but, instead, where the issue compels us to choose between two (or sometimes more) competing “goods” so that by choosing the one we necessarily abandon the other. Indeed, as we see in this program, the core ethical values of our profession force these decisions because they impose fundamentally conflicting duties upon us, and compel us, therefore, to make choices between them. In this meta-ethical calculus, the rules of the profession often provide very little, if any, guidance.

The choices we must make arise in many different forms in real world scenarios. The description and discussion of some illustrative cases open and provide a context for – but do not really answer – the central issue for discussion: how much, if at all, does a lawyer’s duty to the zealous pursuit of his client’s cause allow the lawyer to engage in any form of subterfuge or deception? In short, how far is too far in the vigorous pursuit of a client’s cause? How do the rules of professional conduct bear on the issue? Are there any sources of ethical values to which we may turn for guidance and solutions? Does the law itself, at least in its methodology, provide a model for working through the issue? The answers to these questions – and many more which naturally arise here – will be surprising, informative and entertaining.

Lecturer Bio

Jeffrey D. Ullman, Esq.

Jeffrey D. Ullman, Esq. has more than forty years’ experience handling complex litigation in the state and federal courts, at trial and on appeal, for a diverse clientele in a wide variety of cases principally involving criminal defense, commercial disputes, employment, education law, intellectual property and appeals in these cases. His “AV Preeminent” rating reflects a very strong reputation for professional integrity and legal acumen among colleagues and adversaries alike. In 1992, Mr. Ullman, together with Arthur Furhman and Gary Platt, founded the Morristown, New Jersey law firm which bears their names, ULLMAN, FURHMAN & PLATT, P.C. In January, 2017, the firm celebrated 25 years of service to its clients at its original location, where it remains. Mr. Ullman graduated cum laude from Lafayette College in 1970, and, following a year of graduate study, obtained his juris doctor from the NYU School of Law in 1974. He is a widely sought speaker and lecturer, having developed nationally recognized and enthusiastically received CLE programs in ethics and intellectual property. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School.

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