July 21, 2010
Professor Paul Paton spoke on "Conflicts of Interest — Imputation in Comparative Perspective" at the International Legal Ethics Conference IV: The Legal Profession in Times of Turbulence on July 16 at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto.
Paton's presentation was part of a panel discussion on "Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest" on the first day of the three-day event that featured speakers from 14 countries. The Stanford Center on the Legal Profession hosted the symposium, which was co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility. It was the first time the conference was held in the United States.
The conference focused on a broad range of issues including the conditions of legal practice, bar regulatory structures, law firm culture, access to justice, diversity, cause lawyering, client relationships, conflicts of interest, globalization, and legal ethics education.
Paton is the director of McGeorge's Ethics Across the Professions Initiative, a series of annual scholarly gatherings designed to bring together professionals from a range of fields to focus in a multi-disciplinary manner on ethics issues. He teaches Professional Responsibility, Corporate Governance and Business Associations at the law school.