Clarence Darrow's Ethics Lessons for Today's More Ethical Lawyer

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

Video on Site: Monday, October 8 / Charlottesville
  Tuesday, October 9 / Alexandria, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, October 10 / Norfolk, Warrenton
  Thursday, October 11 / Tysons
  Friday, October 12 / Hampton
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: September 17 in Fairfax and September 18 in Richmond (Glen Allen)


Why Attend?

Experience legal history’s most inspiring and fascinating courtroom oratory by America’s most iconic lawyer, performed by noted actor and Darrow portrayer Paul Morella, and in the process …

  • Explore the complex interaction of character, duty, professionalism, and zealous representation that makes law a series of ethics challenges
  • Understand the ways the profession of law has evolved to be more ethical, and the many areas where controversies, problems, and dilemmas remain
  • Get 3 hours of MCLE Ethics credit, while learning invaluable legal ethics tools and principles, being immersed in the amazing mind of this legendary legal giant, and being challenged, shocked, amused, inspired, and enlightened too

Featuring nationally known speaker Jack Marshall

Clarence Darrow is the legal profession's most admired practitioner of the past. But Darrow's relationship with the ethical principles to which lawyers aspire was a rocky one, and his career exemplifies that of the lawyer who often bent or even broke the rules for what he regarded as a higher purpose.

In this unique legal ethics program, award-winning stage and film actor Paul Morella, who has been portraying Darrow to acclaim for nearly two decades, reenacts some of the iconic lawyer’s most riveting courtroom moments while laying the foundation for an examination of the ethical issues raised by the great attorney's long career, while ethicist, lawyer, and Darrow historian Jack Marshall leads attendees in a lively and interactive examination of these issues, which include …

  • Character and fitness
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Multiple representations
  • Independent judgment
  • Jury nullification
  • Mission lawyering
  • Competence
  • Technology in litigation
  • Dirty tricks and courtroom theatrics
  • Dishonesty and misrepresentation
  • Fraud on the tribunal

And more, arising out of such famous legal moments as …

  • The Leopold-Loeb murder trial
  • The Big Bill Hayward trial
  • The Scopes Trial, and Darrow’s cross examination of William Jennings Bryan
  • Darrow’s trial for jury tampering in the McNamara-LA Times bombing trial

… And others.

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Clarence Darrow’s Ethics Lessons for Today’s More Ethical Lawyer*
12:15 Adjourn

*Includes a 15-minute break



Jack Marshall
, ProEthics, Ltd. / Alexandria

Jack Marshall is president and founder of ProEthics, a 19-year-old national ethics training firm. A Massachusetts and D.C. lawyer and professional writer and stage director, Marshall specializes in bringing the techniques of theater, comedy, and satire to the legal ethics CLE, and regularly presents jurisdiction- and practice-specific seminars to bar associations, law firms, corporations, non-profits, and government agencies nationally and internationally.

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$175* regular registration (without printed materials).
$205 regular registration plus printed materials.
$220 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program



Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map) Metro accessible!
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Warrenton: Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, 410 Holiday Court (540) 341-3461 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive; free parking in hotel garage) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Hampton: Old Dominion University's Peninsula Center, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, Second Floor, 600 Butler Farm Road, next to the TNCC Campus (757) 766‑5200 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


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