Clarence Darrow's Ethics Lessons for Today's More Ethical Lawyer (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 3.0 Trial Practice/Litigation, 3.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Price: $189 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2021


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2018 live seminar, Clarence Darrow’s Ethics Lessons for Today’s Ethical Lawyer.

Topics covered:

  • 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

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.





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.

Paul Morella, American University Washington College of Law / Washington, D.C.

Paul Morella is an actor and adjunct faculty member at the American University Washington College of Law. Paul Morella has performed professionally in regional theatre, film, and television for over 35 years. He has been a member of the Trial Advocacy Program's adjunct faculty for more than ten years.

Mr. Morella provides instruction to all of the civil and criminal trial advocacy classes on techniques and philosophies to improve communication and persuasion skills. He discusses and demonstrates for students the effective use of body language, movement, vocal modulation, pace, rhetoric, story-telling, upward and downward voice inflections, and the power of silence. He observes and critiques each student's presentation of an opening, closing, or witness examination.

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