Midyear Meeting CLE Programs
Raising the Bar - Lessons from Legal Icons
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 Noon
3 NHMCLE Ethics/Professionalism Credits
Talmage Boston, a well-known Dallas trial attorney and author, brings "Raising the Bar: Lessons from Legal Icons" to the NH Bar’s Professionalism Day program. This presentation redefines the reputation of the legal profession through in-depth profiles of iconic legal figures, both actual and fictional.
• What Lawyers Can Learn About Professionalism and Communication from Abraham Lincoln;
• How To Be As Ethical A Lawyer As Atticus Finch; and
• Lessons on Ethics and Excellence from the Careers of Leon Jaworski and James A. Baker, III
Boston has practiced law as a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas since 1978 and is the past Chairman of both the State Bar of Texas’ Litigation Section and the Dallas Bar Association’s Business Litigation Section.
Civil Liberties on Trial - Promoting the Rule of Law
Hon. Marcia Cooke
A Panel Discussion with the Hon. Marcia Cooke, Michael Gunnison and Charles Swift
2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2 NHMCLE Credits
Bar President Larry Vogelman moderates a panel discussion featuring a variety of viewpoints on the balance between civil liberties and national security. Panelists:
US District Court Judge Marcia Cooke, who sits in the Southern District of Florida, will address various issues raised by the detention and prosecution of terror suspects. She presided over the trial of the “dirty bomber” and al-Qaeda terror suspect Jose Padilla in 2007, a muchcovered trial, where her every action was subject to intense scrutiny and questioning.
Michael Gunnison, assistant US attorney for the District of New Hampshire, will discuss his work with Iraq’s military to promote democracy and the rule of law. He will also articulate the government’s position with regard to the detention and prosecution of terrorist suspects.
Charles Swift is a Seattle attorney and former JAG officer who concentrates on criminal defense in military courts. One of his most notable cases was his representation of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, captured during the invasion of Afghanistan. That case resulted in the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that ruled that the military commission process to try Hamdan was illegal.
The afternoon program will run from 2:45-5:00 p.m. with a 15-minute break.
Note: Advance registration is not available for the March 8 Midyear Meeting. Very limited seating for the morning or afternoon CLE programs or the luncheon is available. Contact Cheryl Moore for information.