Seventeenth Annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

Friday, January 26, 2018

Registration & Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Event: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Historic Double Height Courtroom
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, San Antonio, TX 78205

**This event will provide 6 hours of CLE credit in Ethics.



$100 Early Registration from September 15–December 1, 2017
$165 Regular Registration Online, Via Mail, or Onsite from December 2, 2017–January 26, 2018
$70 Government Employee Registration

**$5 All-day Parking at South Flores Garage will be available at your own expense (4 minute walk from the Courthouse)

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2018 Speakers

Whistling Past the Graveyard? An Analysis of Enforcement of Ethical Rules as Substantive Law

Donald E. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, where he teaches courses including Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Property, Wills and Estates, Immigration Law, and Construction Law.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law.  He also received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida focusing on the confirmation of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeal.  Prior to joining the MC Law faculty, Professor Campbell practiced law in Jackson and served as a clerk for the Honorable Leslie Southwick on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has authored a number of articles.  Professor Campbell is coauthor of two treatises on legal and judicial ethics in Mississippi (with the late Jeffrey Jackson) entitled Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Mississippi Lawyers and Judges, published by LexisNexis in 2016.  He has also published a textbook on ethics entitled Professional Responsibility & Ethics: Readings, Notes & Questions with Great Hall Press which is currently in its 3rd edition.  He serves on the Ethics Committee of the Mississippi Bar and served as the Reporter for the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct Study Committee (charged with recommending changes to the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct).  Professor Campbell is a frequent speaker on ethics to lawyers and judges.


“Dirty” Experts: Ethical Challenges, and a Comparative Perspective on the Practice 

David Caudill is the Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair in Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.  He is the author of No Magic Wand; The Idealization of Science in Law (with L.H. LaRue, 2006) and Stories About Science in Law: Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise (2011), as well as numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of legal ethics, law and science, and expert evidence.  Professor Caudill teaches courses in Evidence and Property at Villanova, and he is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he teaches Expert Evidence and Entertainment Law in alternate summers.  He earned his B.A. from Michigan State University (1973), his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center (1981), and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1989).  Before joining the faculty at Villanova in 2005, Professor Caudill clerked for Judge John R. Brown in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced for 7 years with Gray, Cary (San Diego) and Graves, Dougherty (Austin), and taught for 16 years at Washington and Lee University School of Law.


It’s a Trap! The Ethical Dark Side of Requests for Admission 

Colin E. Flora is an associate civil litigation attorney who focuses his practice on appeals, class actions, business disputes, and personal injury cases with Indianapolis-based Pavlack Law, LLC.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University South Bend in 2008, where he was selected to the inaugural class of Herbert Presidential Scholars, and received his degree with high distinction.  In 2011, he graduated with honors from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.  Colin is the author of several journal articles and more than 150 lengthy posts for the Hoosier Litigation Blog.  His scholarship focuses primarily on civil procedure and legal issues from the perspective of practitioners.  His work has drawn citation in academic journals and treatises as well as state and federal courts, including Maryland’s highest court.


Lawyers Making Mistakes: Understanding Your Legal Malpractice Insurance and Duties to Clients 

Susan Saab Fortney serves as a Professor and Director of the Program for Advancement of Legal Ethics at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.  Before joining the Texas A&M faculty, Professor Fortney served as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice Deane School of Law at Hofstra University from 2011-2015.  Previously, she taught at Texas Tech School of Law.  When she left Texas Tech, she was the Interim Dean and a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished University Professor.  Fortney’s teaching and scholarship focuses on legal ethics and malpractice issues.  She has conducted a number of empirical studies related to law firm ethics, governance and culture.  She is one of the seven members of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Committee that drafts the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination.


The Right to an Independent Judiciary and the Avoidance of Constitutional Conflict: The Burger Court’s Flawed Reasoning in Chandler v. Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit and Its Unfortunate Legacy

Joshua Kastenberg teaches criminal law, evidence, ethics, and national security law at the University of New Mexico.  Prior to joining the faculty in 2016, he served for two decades as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force where he was assigned as a prosecutor, defense counsel, advisor on intelligence oversight operations, and for the last six years, as a military trial judge.  Professor Kastenberg recently published a book on the alteration of civil and military relations during World War I as well as four law review articles on judicial ethics and restraints on the Commander in Chief authorities in conflicts in which no war has been declared.


Keep Suing All the Lawyers: Recent Developments in Claims Against Lawyers for Aiding & Abetting A Client’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Katerina Lewinbuk is an Associate Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  She previously taught at DePaul University Law School in Chicago.  Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney at the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie law firm. Professor Lewinbuk also served as Legal Research & Writing Program Director and taught at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The program prepares international LL.M. students to enter law schools throughout the United States and it also provides an overview of the U.S. legal system to judges and practicing attorneys from all over the world.  She taught “Survey of U.S. Business Law” overseas as a Fulbright Senior Specialist twice: at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2010) and at Facultad Libre Derecho de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico (2007).  She also taught her “American Legal System & Lawyering Skills” course in Moscow and Istanbul and presented at a number of international conferences in the United States, United Kingdom and Greece.  Her major area of interest & research involves global & comparative legal ethics & attorney malpractice and she is currently serving as a fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP). Her article entitled “Can Successful Lawyers Think in Different Languages?” was published in the United Kingdom in 2007 and was afterwards republished in the United States, Greece and Russian Federation.


Uncharted Waters? Legal Ethics and the Benefit Corporation 

Joseph Pileri is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Georgetown University Law Center Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic.  Prior to coming to Georgetown, Joseph practiced law at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, where he coordinated the provision of legal services and advocated on legal issues affecting the city’s low-income communities in conjunction with a UCLA Law School clinic.  Joseph began his legal career in the corporate department of a large Los Angeles law firm, where he represented businesses in complex transactional matters.  Joseph received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In law school, Joseph’s work focused on human rights in Latin America, development in the rural American south, and capital appeals.  Joseph is particularly interested in social enterprise as a tool to combat poverty and democratize wealth.