Feb. 2 symposium to discuss professional ethics

Feb. 2 symposium to discuss professional ethics

 “The Formation of an Ethical Professional Identity” is the title of a symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Room 244 of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, 1000 LaSalle Ave.

The symposium, presented by the university’s Law Journal and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast and registration precede the symposium. To register, please send an e-mail with your name and address to lawrsvp@stthomas.edu or call Valerie Munson, (651) 962-4842.

Recent high-profile, ethical failures have heightened concerns about how to assure ethical conduct across the professions.  At the symposium, several nationally respected scholars will contribute to the discussion of the development of professional ethics:

  • Dr. Muriel “Mickey” Bebeau, a University of Minnesota School of Dentistry professor, director of the Center for the Study of Ethical Development, and a faculty associate in the university’s Center for Bioethics. 
  • Dr. Anne Colby, a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Colby co-directs the foundation’s Political Engagement Project, Preparation for the Professions Program and Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts project. Her publications include seven co-authored books, A Longitudinal Study of Moral Judgment (1983), The Measurement of Moral Judgment (1987), Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment (1992), Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility (2003), Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (2007), Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement (in press), and Educating Engineers: Theory, Practice, and Imagination (in press).
  • Dr. Gary Downey, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Downey has earned international recognition for his pioneering approach to engineering education. He bridges the technical and human dimensions of society using the integrated view of an engineer and an anthropologist. He also serves as senior fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is co-founder of the International Network for Engineering Studies.
  • Dr. Charles Foster, a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation and the project director for its Clergy Education Study, is emeritus professor of religious education at Emory University and has written numerous books and articles, including Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations (1997) and We Are the Church Together: Cultural Diversity in Congregational Life (1996).
  • Professor Neil Hamilton of the St. Thomas School of Law. Hamilton also is director of the university’s Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions. The author of three books ,  he is a monthly columnist on professionalism for Minnesota Lawyer and is editing his columns into a book,  Ethical Leadership and Professionalism in the Practice of Law. He is known nationally for his work on academic freedom and academic ethics with two books, Zealotry and Academic Freedom (1995) and Academic Ethics (2002) and third in progress, Academic Freedom and the Courts.
  • Dr. David Leach, who recently retired after having served for 10 years as executive director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, a private, non-profit council that evaluates and accredits medical residency programs in the United States.
  • Dr. Nicholas Steneck, emeritus professor of history in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan and a consultant at the Office of Research Integrity in the Department of Health and Human Services. He chaired the University of Michigan’s pioneering Task Force on Integrity in Scholarship (1984) and went on to chair the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Research Integrity (1991-1993). He has published articles on the history of research misconduct policy, the use of animals in research, classified research and academic freedom, and the role of values in university research. Most recently, he authored the ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (2004). In recognition of his work on research integrity and the history of science, he was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992.

For further information, visit the Holloran Center’s Web site.