Bradley puts emphasis on ethics in training future attorneys

PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley University is putting an emphasis on teaching ethics to future attorneys in its legal studies department.

Retired Judge and Director of the Center for Legal Studies at Bradley University, Jerelyn Maher, says attorneys are often faced with a balancing act between representation of a client and duties to the court.

"So for instance confidentiality, do you keep clients confidences, but what if you know your client is about to commit a crime or not the crime that you're representing them, but to commit another crime. Someone's gonna get hurt what do you do how do you resolve those conflicts?" Maher explains.

Maher says even seasoned lawyers need continued education as technology and social media present new ethical challenges.

"We all know law ethics, everything is on a line, we all know 'yes', we all know 'no', it's that big area in between that's gray and that's what we attempt to teach." Maher says.

 


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