Lectures & Events

Divided Loyalties: Professional Standards and Military Duty
An Interdisciplinary Symposium
funded in part by the Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lectureship Fund
Co-sponsored by
Center for Professional Ethics, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, Law-Medicine Center, and Center for Social Justice
FEB 11, 2011
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

There has always been some tension between the ethical, legal, and professional obligations of professionals and the requirements of military service. This tension has been increased by the War on Terror. Physicians, mental health professionals, lawyers, and law enforcement/corrections officers serving in the military have been placed in situations in which their professional ethics, obligations, and legal duties may contradict military necessity or directives, or even place the role of professional in direct conflict with the role of military personnel.

As the management of armed conflict, the law of war, and the professionalization of the military has increased, this tension has similarly increased. Military professionals have been asked to bring their expertise, skills, and professional talents to the prosecution of military action not just as military personnel but as doctors, mental health professionals, lawyers, and law enforcement/corrections officers. Doctors and mental health professionals are charged with supervising and controlling interrogations, lawyers are asked to provide legal opinions and advise on the treatment of prisoners, and law enforcement and corrections officers must guard and control prisoners. While performing these duties military necessity can impose conflicting duties and concerns. The need for information, validation, or security may require different loyalties and focus than the professional duty. The need for information about an upcoming attack that could save the lives of comrades may directly contradict the need for care or treatment of a prisoner.

This symposium brings together professionals, ethicists, theorists and practitioners from medicine, mental health care, the law, law enforcement, and the military to explore these complicated and timely issues in an open and frank discussion.
Speaker Information
Deborah Ascheim, MD
Associate Professor Mount Sinai School of Medicine

George AnnasGeorge Annas
Professor Boston University Law School & School of Public Health

David FraktDavid Frakt
Professor Barry University Law School, Orlando

Jon HansonJon Hanson
Professor Harvard Law School

Beth HillmanBeth Hillman
Professor University of California, Hastings

Steven ReisnerSteven Reisner
Physicians for Human Rights/ International Trauma Studies Program New York University

Additional Information
en to the public at no cost.

CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee to lawyers who attend.
At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start. Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.

At events longer than one hour, we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.

We encourage attendees to arrive at registration 20 minutes prior to the start of a lecture to sign in, obtain materials, and be seated.

There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.

Recording in any form is prohibited.

Supplemental Readings:
· Agenda, Speaker Bios
· Bibliography
· Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo
· Military Medical Ethics
· Confessions
· Praise of Gitmo Bar
· Current State of DADT
· The Right Way
· Military Police Creed
· Role & Relevance of Military Lawyers
· Effective Control
· Psychoanalytic Activism
· Torture, Tribunal
· Stain of Guantanamo

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