• "Justice, though due to the accused, is due to the accuser also. The concept of fairness cannot be strained till it is narrowed to a filament. We are to keep our balance true." - Benjamin N. Cardozo


Professor Jessica Roth
Professor Anthony Sebok

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law. The Center sponsors courses, programs, and events that provoke dialogue and critical thought on ethical and moral issues. The Center also helps prepare students to face, with integrity, the difficult and important questions that arise in all areas of legal practice. To be an extraordinary lawyer, you need to know that legal ethics issues arise on virtually a daily basis. Whether it has to do with revealing confidential client information to a court, how to deal with a conflict of interest between your personal values and your representation of your client, institutional pressures that are contrary to what you believe, or a myriad of other issues, the resolution is often not intuitive. The Center's events discuss these issues and others in depth in an engaging environment. We ultimately ask the question, "will you do the right thing when no one is looking?"

Recent Events: The Burns Center hosted Lawyering in the Age of Trump.

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