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"Magna Carta: The Promise of the Great Charter and Its Dependence on Ethical Lawyers," by Dr. David Upham, Director of Legal Studies, Univ. of Dallas

  • 25 Sep 2013
  • 12:00 PM
  • Belo Mansion
The “Great Charter” has long been considered a source and exemplar of the Anglo-American tradition of individual rights. Many of its provisions, especially the famous chapters 39 and 40, mandate extensive procedural protections to safeguard the individual’s life, liberty, and property against unlawful violence, whether private or governmental.  These protections, now elaborated in our federal and state constitutions and other laws, can prove mere parchment barriers in the absence of many auxiliary factors.  Chief among these auxiliaries are ethical lawyers. Various case studies will be discussed to show that the promise of the Magna Carta will be unfulfilled without attorneys who are sufficiently ethical and numerous to manage the complexity of the law that might menace or protect the person and property of their fellow citizens.

1.0 hour of MCLE credit will be offered, at no charge.  This event is part of the CLE series for the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.  The series will culminate with a trip to London in summer 2015.  The series was developed in part by STMS friend Gerry Wegemer at the Center for Thomas More Studies at Univ. of Dallas.  For more information click link for flyer.

The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas is open to Catholic attorneys and others interested in the intersection of faith and law.  Its purpose is to encourage Catholic lawyers within the diocese of Dallas to live a Christian vocation by sanctifying their daily work.  The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas is a Non-Profit Corporation and tax exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).

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