Through the Looking Glass: Professional Responsibility, the Public Interest, and the Future of Legal Ethics and Lawyer Regulation in the United States

2023 South Carolina Law Review Symposium

Friday, March 17, 2023


The 2023 South Carolina Law Review Symposium, entitled Through the Looking Glass: Professional Responsibility, the Public Interest, and the Future of Legal Ethics and Lawyer Regulation in the United Stateswill survey some of the current challenges facing the ethical regulation of the legal profession in the United States today and the implications of these challenges for the future of the profession. Each topic will include a moderated panel of scholars, judges, and practitioners to discuss each topic. Panel topics will include the following:  

  • The Current Norm: Self-Regulation Through Place-Based Licensing and Regulation by State Supreme Courts – Protecting the Public or Protecting the Profession? 
  • Legislatures and Non-Lawyers in Lawyer Regulation: The Experience of England & Wales, Australia, Canada, and the European Union  
  • Market Forces and Self-Regulation: The Economic Impact on Legal Ethics of Competition Within the Profession and from Non-Lawyer Providers of Legal Services     
  • Conduct Unbecoming:  Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Against Defined Groups by Lawyers, While Engaged in the Practice of Law, as Professional Misconduct: A Necessary Step or Regulatory Overreach?  
  • What Do We Know and When Do We Know it?  The Impact of Science and Technology on Legal Ethics    
This year's speakers include: 
  • Rebecca Aviel (Law professor at Sturm College School of Law)
  • Elizabeth Chambliss (Professor at USC School of Law, South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Legal Services Design Project, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Law & Society Review)
  • Wendy Muchman (former Director of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker Law School)
  • Myles Lynk (Robert W. Foster Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor emeritus of Law and the Legal Profession at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University)
  • Ellyn Rosen (Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel, Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association)
  • Jim Moliterno (Vincent Bradford Professor of law, Washington & Lee Univ. School of Law)
  • Lucian Pera (Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis, TN, former Chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility's Coordinating Committee, former Treasurer of the ABA,  recipient of the ABA Michael Frank Professional Responsibility Award)
  • Ann Ching (Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University)
  • Justice Daniel Crothers (North Dakota Supreme Court Justice)
  • Nicole Morris (Professor of Practice and Director of the Innovation and Legal Technology Institute, Emory University School of Law)
  • Keith Swisher (directs the Bachelor of Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law)
  • Dennis Rendleman (Ethics Counsel in the Center for Professional Responsibility at the American Bar Association)

Event Details

  • Where: Karen Williams Courtroom, 1st Floor, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1525 Senate St., Columbia, South Carolina 29201
  • When: Friday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. (boxed lunches will be provided to attendees)