2019 Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics Lecture

2019 Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics Lectures
March 28, 2019
Presented by Theresa Amato

BENCH & BAR LECTURE 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
PUBLIC LECTURE 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Minding the Gaps: The Democracy Gap,
The Access to Justice Gap, & The Gender Pay Gap

The preamble of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct discusses a “Lawyer’s Responsibilities” and states that “as a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and quality of service rendered by the legal profession.”

The two talks will focus on the lawyer’s role as a “public citizen,” and will discuss being mindful of the gaps in our legal landscape including three current, persistent gaps — The Democracy Gap, The Access to Justice Gap, & The Gender Pay Gap. Amato will discuss a case filed by the EEOC against the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the relatively-recent settlement, and lessons from its outcome, and she will provide examples of how lawyers could direct their professional attention to recognizing and addressing the gaps that affect the state of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice, and the quality of services rendered by the legal profession.

About Theresa Amato

Theresa Amato has spent nearly three decades as a litigator, advisor, counsel, of counsel, in-house counsel, general counsel or executive director in various nonprofit, for profit and political entities. Amato joined Shearman & Sterling in 2015 and is currently counsel, and licensed to practice law in Illinois, New York, and Washington, D.C. Amato earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the NYU School of Law. After a federal judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York, from 1991-1993 Amato brought precedent-setting litigation at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where she was the director of the Freedom of Information Clearinghouse in Washington D.C. In 1993, Amato founded the Citizen Advocacy Center. From 2001-2003, Amato ran Citizen Works, a national nonprofit  organization, to which she returned from 2009-2015 to co-found the Fair Contracts project to educate about and reform fine print consumer contracts. From 2013-2015, Amato served as the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and on the University’s Board of Regents. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, and on its Consumer Law Review.

About the Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics

Valparaiso Law alumnus Glenn Tabor, together with his late partner, Quentin Blachly, founded the Valparaiso firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman in 1961. The Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman firm remains a model of stability and community among colleagues, and it demonstrates the possibility of maintaining a firm whose members live the same ethical commitments in the law office and in their homes. Glenn Tabor generously supports the work of Valparaiso University Law School, including the Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics, which underwrites this lecture series. These lectures endeavor to foster reflection on virtuous living, to illuminate the nature of our vocation, and to clarify our responsibility as lawyers to both clients and society.





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