Entitlements and Windfalls Topic of Legal Ethics Talk

Lexington, VA • Friday, March 11, 2011

W. Bradley Wendel, professor of law at Cornell Law School, is the keynote speaker at Washington and Lee University’s Legal Ethics Institute on Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. in Huntley Hall, room 221. Wendel previously taught at Washington and Lee University School of Law and also gave a legal ethics talk in 2008.

The title of Wendel’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Entitlements and Windfalls in Legal Ethics.”

“One of the standard ethical criticisms of contemporary legal practice is that lawyers seek to gain, for their clients, not just that to which the client is legally entitled, but everything the law can be made to yield,” said Wendel. “We might label as windfalls those benefits that lie between the realm of the client’s legal entitlements. The question is, how can we systematically draw a distinction between windfalls and genuine legal entitlements?”

Wendel’s second book, Lawyers and Fidelity to Law, was released last November, and the third edition of his first book was recently published. He also co-edited three books, more than 40 articles and book chapters and is one of three founders of a legal ethics forum weblog.

Wendel’s research focuses on the application of moral and political philosophy to problems of legal ethics. His teaching interests are in the regulation of the legal profession and torts.

Wendel received his B.A. in philosophy from Rice University, his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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