Two Homecoming Special CLEs: The Bonehead Play and Personal Contact

  • 9:00 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Duquesne University School of Law

October 26th, 9:00-11:15 Two Homecoming Special Programs!

The Bonehead Play - Presented by Professor Mark Yochum

Without emotion, ethics compliance and professionalism will be at best weakly formal. Inspiration for a higher level of ethical performances can come from the rest of life. In this talk, Professor Yochum will explore the ethics of sportsmanship as a model for professional practice. The title refers to the mistake Fred Merkle made in a storied baseball event of 1908, wherein the failure to attend to a simple rule leads to professional disaster and even death.

Personal Contact - Presented by Professor Mark Yochum

The last broad restriction on solicitation of clients by lawyers is the restriction on personal contact. This session will explore the continuing viability of this rule in an era when limitations on lawyers' commercial speech are tested for their efficacy in remediating a real harm. The personal contact rule has little historical validity and its value, if any, is shrouded in mythology. Are lawyers, like Dracula, skilled in the art of evil persuasion?