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Lloyd Cutler Lecture

American Lawyers: Defending Democracy and the Rule of Law

American lawyers are officers of the court who swear to protect and defend the US Constitution. But when American legal institutions are under attack, what is the obligation of each lawyer? How, throughout US history, have lawyers responded to the challenges of, as Benjamin Franklin put it, “keeping the republic,” and what remains of their sense of civic duty, so admired by Alexis de Tocqueville? In this talk, Roberta Cooper Ramo, a former president of both the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute, argues that American lawyers’ most fundamental duties are to protect the democratic process and the independence of the courts. She also speaks to her own experience as a practicing lawyer in the American Southwest, adding valuable perspective from a diverse region less heard from than urban centers such as Washington or New York.

06 Nov 18
19:30 - 21:00
American Academy in Berlin
Am Sandwerder 17-19
14109 Berlin-Wannsee

This event took place on November 6, 2018.

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