In this episode of the FCPA Compliance Report, I am joined by Trish Refo, Immediate Past President of the ABA. Trish recently penned an article for the ABA magazine entitled “Lawyers in the Public Square”. In this article Trish spoke about the need for lawyers to do more then to simply follow the law but to “model civility and respect in broader society and in the public square”. We discuss the article and some of Trish’s highlights as President of the ABA. Highlights of this podcast include:
- Why Trish wrote ‘Lawyers in the Public Square’?
- When we were sworn in, we took an oath to follow the laws and constitution our state. Do we owe more as lawyers?
- Why do you feel lawyers have a duty to “model civility and respect in broader society and in the public square”?
- You wrote about the need for lawyers to engage in ‘self-examination’ as a profession. Why do we need to do so?
- Why do lawyers need to do more than ‘avoid violation of the rules’?
- Why do you believe lawyers bring ‘real morality into the legal consciousness’?
- What is the role of the ABA in facilitating this self-examination?
- Why is the role of the ABA as important as it has ever been?
- How can lawyers get more involved in this effort through the ABA?
- How can law firms help facilitate this conversation through the ABA?
- The 3 things you are most proud from tenure as President of the ABA?