Thursday, June 27, 2019

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Louisville Bar Center
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June 26, 2019 11:00 PM

  • Regular Lunch $0.00
  • Veggie Lunch $0.00


The 10th Annual Lively M. Wilson Memorial Lecture Series on Ethics, Professionalism and Civility

“It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times*: Respecting the Institutions of Democracy and Restoring Professionalism and Civility to Government and the Practice of Law”

Our democratic institutions, our system of government and our practice of law are based upon the expression of differing opinions and the quest for just compromise. Government officials and participants in the legal process must engage in respectful and reciprocal dialogue. No matter how politely communicated, refusing to listen or consider opposing viewpoints is uncivil. It is antithetical to the foundation of our government and the core function of the judicial system to reach fair resolution of our differences.  Join us as local officials, lawyers, journalists and academics discuss the change in our public discourse and how civility can be restored.


* This phrase was taken from the famous opening paragraph of Charles Dickens” novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The novel opens with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” (Para. 1, Line, 1).

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The 10th Annual Lively Wilson Memorial Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court and the Louisville Bar Association, is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Louisville Bar Center, 600 W. Main Street.  This year’s program will focus on civility and professionalism in our courts and in our political system, with a particular emphasis on the impact that attacks on the judiciary and the media are having on our democracy and its institutions at both the state and national levels.

A panel of distinguished jurists, lawyers, journalists and public servants has been invited to participate in a discussion concerning these important, timely issues:


Justice Daniel J. Venters, Kentucky Supreme Court (Ret.); Frank P. Doheny, Jr., Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Hon. Tori Murden McClure, President, Spalding University; Deborah G. Yetter, veteran Investigative Reporter and Editor for The Courier-Journal; Hon. Robert L. “Bob” Heleringer, Louisville lawyer, author, columnist, and former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives (R.-Jeff.Co.Dist.33); Moderator: Hon. Denise Clayton, Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals

Lunch will be included with advanced registration.

All handout materials are via electronic download. Paper copy may be purchased for an additional cost.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received by the LBA 24 hours in advance to receive a credit or refund. Substitutes will be allowed.

Credit Status: Pending
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