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Release date:
Jan. 17, 2002
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Seminar at Emory Focuses on Lawyers and Faith

Balancing the practice of law with the tenets of faith will be the focus of an upcoming seminar at Emory University School of Law that seeks to address the needs and issues that face lawyers with religious commitments.

"Faithful Lawyers--Issues of Faith and the Practice of Law: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Vocation and Work" is scheduled 2:00-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Emory Law School’s Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road.

Lawyers are not necessarily known as society’s most spiritually devoted members. But for many attorneys of faith, balancing the professional demands of law practice with spiritual and religious ideals can create internal challenges and conflict, says Thomas Cox, a litigation attorney with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and one of the seminar organizers.

"There are many lawyers who went in to the profession because of a driving desire to make a difference in society and to do something that mattered," says Cox. "The demands of the profession cause many attorneys to wrestle with issues of faith on many individual levels."

The day-long program includes speakers from a variety of religious traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu, who will help participants explore how their faith influences the professional and ethical choices they make as lawyers. The goals of the seminar are to identify the issues of faith that impact the practice of law and provide a forum for a deeper understanding of law practice as both vocation and work.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Emory Law School’s Law and Religion Program, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Justice Project.

Participants are eligible for three hours of continuing legal education credit. To register or for more information, call or e-mail Mary Lynne Johnson at the Atlanta Bar Association:, or 404-832-6203.

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