It is a common statement that society today is polarized, with many holding strong opinions on the issues of the day, to the extent that civil public discourse is imperiled. What should we make of this threat as members of a profession in which discourse – written or spoken communication or debate – is at the heart of what we do each day? The goal of this seminar is to consider how both public (and private) discourse affect the practice of law and how lawyers can courteously and effectively shape public discourse.
What obligations do we have as individuals and as a profession when we engage in discussions on social media, in client consultations, in court, in the statehouse, or around the watercooler among coworkers, subordinates, and superiors in the office? Abraham Lincoln famously admonished “Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer,” but how do we avoid yielding to the (apparently dishonest) popular belief? How does public discourse about LGBTQI issues, #MeToo, poverty, racial inequities, politics and more shape (and get shaped by) legal discourse?
As noted by Georgia jurist, Leah Ward Sears, “We need to in this country begin again to raise civil discourse to another level. I mean, we shout and scream and yell and get very little accomplished, but you can disagree very much with the next guy and still be friends and acquaintances.” Let’s get started!
Senator Jen Jordan, was elected to the senate in a special election in 2017. She represents Georgia’s 6th Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton Counties. Sen. Jordan serves as Chairman of the Senate Special Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions, Government Oversight, Interstate Cooperation, Science and Technology, and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees. In 2013, Sen. Jordan was recognized by the University of Georgia as one of its “40 Under 40″ alumni who “have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”
Representative David N. Dreyer has experience with most types of complex litigation, including RICO and racketeering claims, fraud, etc. Before founding Dreyer & Sterling, LLC, David was a partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka, a large multi-state law firm. David has argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, he is admitted to every court in Georgia and the United States Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. David was recognized as one of 14 attorneys under 40 “On the Rise” in the Daily Report, and he has been recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers.
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