Cocktail Social and Ethics CLE Double-Header: Lawyer Shaming, Freedom of Speech, and Ideological Diversity in the Legal Profession

Nebraska Lawyers Chapter

Speaker 1: Jonathan D. Urick, Associate Chief Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center

"Does Lawyer Shaming Undermine the Rule of Law?"

Mr. Urick will address several questions related to the topic of “lawyer shaming,” including: Should lawyers be shamed for representing unpopular clients? Does lawyer shaming violate the rules of legal ethics or longstanding norms of legal professionalism? And what are its consequences for our legal system and the rule of law?


Speaker 2: Professor Michael S. McGinniss, Dean & Professor of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law

"Rising Challenges to Freedom of Speech and Respect for Ideological Diversity in the Legal Profession"

Professor McGinniss will provide attendees with perspectives on the recently proposed and currently pending amendments to Section 3-508.4 of the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct on “discrimination” and “harassment.”  In particular, he will explore the significant legal and practical challenges that this new variation on 2016’s ABA Rule 8.4(g) of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct poses to freedom of speech and respect for ideological diversity in the legal profession.

Approved for Two (2) Hours of Ethics CLE.


Free for Members

$10 for Non-Members



As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.