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WHITE PLAINS, NY — Prominent trial lawyer Bill Wagner, a past
president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and
nationally known expert in tort litigation, will be the guest
lecturer for the 1997 Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney
Ethics at Pace University School of Law. The lecture, titled “Legal
Ethics in a Confrontational Society,” is free and open to the
public, and will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. on the
School of Law’s campus at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, in the
Moot Court Room of the Gerber Glass building.
Wagner will address the increase of confrontation in society and its
impact on the practice of law, particularly modern civil litigation.
“It could be argued that the behavior of members of the legal
profession may, to a great extent, merely reflect the attitudes of
their clients and of society as a whole,” Wagner said. “It is time
to evaluate these dramatic changes.”
Wagner, a senior partner in the law firm of Wagner, Vaughan &
McLaughlin in Tampa, Florida, is an elected member of the American
Law Institute and a member of its governing Council. He serves as
an advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability,
a project promising significant reformulation of the law of Products
Wagner’s law firm, Wagner, Vaughan & McLaughlin, is one of the
oldest plaintiffs’ trial firms in the South. He is certified as a
civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is
a board-certified civil trial Lawyer as recognized by the Florida
Bar. Among his numerous professional honors, Wagner is a fellow of
the American College of Trial Lawyers.
The Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture was established by the family,
friends and colleagues of the late Philip B. Blank, associate dean
for external affairs and professor of law at Pace University School
of Law. In honor of Dean Blank’s commitment to legal ethics, the
Blank Lecture presents distinguished members of the legal community
who are recognized for their leadership in the area of attorney
ethics and practice.
The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and
diversified University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program is ranked third in
the country by U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 14,000 students
are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the
Dyson College of Arts, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law
and Lienhard School of Nursing.
For more information, please call (914) 422-4205.