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CLARENCE DARROW:
Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom

Periaktos Productions
 
2 MOVIE QUALITY VIDEOs WITH LIVE DISCUSSION
1.5 CLE HOURS – DUAL – Each Seminar – “Live” CLE Credit
(Ethics & Professionalism or General)

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Morning Session: 11:00am-12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30-3:00pm
3.0 CLE - DUAL Register

 
  1. A master of the courtroom stage who possessed an uncanny understanding of human character, Clarence Darrow was arguably the greatest trial lawyer of the twentieth century. He was an adamant opponent of capital punishment and a passionate proponent of civil and human rights. He was often called the “attorney for the Damned,” because he fought for the underdog and took on criminal cases thought to be hopeless. Yet, while commanding respect as a trial lawyer, Darrow was often embroiled in bitter controversy for his unpopular stands on many issues and criticized for his purported unethical professional behavior.
  2. The seminar movies feature the solo performance of Graham Thatcher as Clarence Darrow, replete with humor, humanity and intense courtroom drama that will engage you in four of the great defense lawyer’s most famous cases between 1910 and 1928. In the first seminar, using Darrow’s own thoughts and courtroom summations, you will hear Darrow explore the McNamara Brothers bombing of the LA Times Building and the Scopes “Monkey Trial. In the second seminar, Darrow comments on the Loeb and Leopold Trial and the Sweet Trial.
  3. Each seminar provides both entertainment and experiences from which to learn about Clarence Darrow, about social and legal justice, and finally about ourselves and the ethical issues with which we all must wrestle.
  4. After the movie and facilitated by the seminar commentator, you will explore the contemporary issues of ethical and moral decisions faced by attorneys in today’s legal practice.
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MORNING SESSION

10:30 a.m. - Registration
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – SEMINAR
1.5 CLE Hours – Dual

CLARENCE DARROW:
CRIMES, CAUSES AND THE COURTROOM:
McNAMARA TRIAL AND THE SCOPES TRIAL

 


McNAMARA TRIAL
In 1910 the battle between labor and capital in America was open warfare. Riots, bombings, and property destruction were rampant. The third scene of the play explores Darrow’s last involvement with the union cause and the early American labor movement. Darrow reflects on the times and troubles surrounding the McNamara trial and explores the moral and ethical questions raised for him in the case.

Major issue for discussion:
Rule 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority between Client and Lawyer

SCOPES TRIAL
Overview: This is the most widely known of all of Clarence Darrow’s courtroom battles . . . the case dubbed by the press as “The Scopes Monkey Trial.” A statute in Tennessee made it illegal to teach any theories of creation contrary to the Biblical book of Genesis. A young high school teacher by the name of John Scopes was teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, decided to challenge the law. Clarence Darrow volunteered his legal services to argue for freedom from religious suppression in the classroom. On the opposing side was William Jennings Bryan, the “Great Commoner” and politician who had made a secondary career of promoting religious fundamentalism.

Major issues for discussion:
Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Client
Preamble: A Lawyer’s Responsibilities
Rule 3.5 Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal
Rule 6.4 Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
Rule 3.3 Duty of Candor to the Tribunal and Comments to
Rule 3.1 Meritorious Claims and Contentions

SEMINAR FACILITATOR:
MATTHEW R. CLAIBORNE

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

 

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Afternoon SESSION

1:00 p.m. - Registration
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – SEMINAR
1.5 CLE Hours – DUAL

CLARENCE DARROW:
CRIMES, CAUSES AND THE COURTROOM:
LOEB & LEOPOLD TRIAL AND HENRY SWEET TRIAL

LOEB & LEOPOLD TRIAL
Overview: Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold were sons from two of the wealthiest families in Chicago. They confessed to murdering young Bobby Franks in what became known in 1925 as a “thrill killing”. The two young killers, both brilliant intellectuals, described a heinous crime with no show of emotion or remorse. Public opinion demanded the death penalty. Clarence Darrow took up the fight to save them from certain hanging. Darrow talks about his convictions about the death penalty and makes an impassioned plea for the law to move from primitive notions of retribution and revenge . . . to compassion, mercy and understanding.

Major issues for discussion:
Rule 3.1 Meritorious Claims and Contentions
Rule 3.8 Special Responsibilities of Prosecutor
Rule 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel

HENRY SWEET TRIAL
Overview: In 1926 an African-American doctor and his family moved into an all white neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. A mob of whites tossed stones at the house and screamed racial epithets at the family. Someone opened fire and a white man was killed. Eleven members of the Ossian Sweet family were arrested for murder. All were tried together, resulting in a hung jury. Five months later, Henry Sweet, Dr. Sweet’s younger brother, was tried alone for the crime. In this movie, Clarence Darrow wrestles with notions of freedom, equality and justice in a society where the law says one thing and human behavior says another.

Major issues for discussion:
Rule 3.3 Duty of Candor to the Tribunal
Rule 3.6 Trial Publicity

SEMINAR FACILITATOR:
BARBARA D. HOLMES

Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.

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BOTH SESSIONS:

Received before or on FEB. 7:
$135 NBA member; $155 non-member

ONE SESSION ONLY:
Received before or on FEB. 7:
$75 NBA member; $85 non-member

Received after FEB. 7:
$85 NBA member; $95 non-member
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CANCELLATION AND “NO SHOW”
Cancellation received on or before FEBRUARY 7 will be issued a refund or credit upon request. Sorry, financial commitments do not allow us to refund cancellation or “no show” received by the NBA after December 10. A substitute may attend for a registered participant.

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seminars Details

MORNING SESSION
REGISTRATION: 10:30 A.M.
PROGRAM: 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 A.M.


AFTERNOON SESSION
REGISTRATION: 1:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
-------------------------------------------------------------- CREDIT: 3.0 CLE HOURS
1.5 - Dual "Live" Credit: Morning Session
1.5 - Dual "Live" Credit: Afternoon Session

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LOCATION:
NASHILLE BAR ASSOCIATION, Conf. Rm

One Nashville Place, 150 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1050 Nashville, TN 37219
PH: 615-242-9272
Click Here for Directions

Parking:
1. 4th Ave. next to One Nashville Place
(“Garage Full” does not apply to NBA visitors)
2. 4th Ave. across from One Nashville Place
3. Commerce Street
4. Main Library (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

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PRODUCERS:
SUSAN BLAIR
CLE Director, Nashville Bar Association

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TN CLE Requirements: 
Fifteen hours per year, including three hours of Ethics & Professionalism. Must be reported by December 31.

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