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Burning Down the House: The Role of Lawyer Regulators in Addressing Climate Change for Domestic and International Legal Services

14 Jun 2021 1400 - 1515 BST

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A webinar presented by the IBA Bar Issues Commission Regulation Committee

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The importance of climate change, and the impact of the legal profession on its proliferation, is becoming a topic of conversation inside and outside the profession.

This session will educate and engage IBA members about this critical subject and the changes to the regulation of the profession and to practice that it is starting to drive.

As lawyers, we have traditionally taken our clients as we find them, including their political, economic, social or moral views or activities. Our representation is not an endorsement of the client. But the lines have started to blur, particularly in relation to climate change. More and more, especially given the global practice landscape, lawyers are considered to be enablers of climate change through their representation of polluters, even though lawyer and law firm carbon footprints remain de minimis.

Is the professional principle, that a lawyer should not be identified with the client’s interests, dead and, if so, what should replace it? This session will explore this evolution and address whether there is a role for lawyer regulators.


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Certificates of attendance for this webinar are only available to IBA members. IBA members who have attended the live broadcast for more than 30 minutes based on verified sign-in and sign-out times will be sent a certificate to the email address provided at the time of registration. Certificates can only be issued to the name provided at the time of registration. If you have any queries relating to your certificate of attendance, please email

Ellyn Rosen

American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chair, Bar Issues Commission Regulation Committee

Confirmed speakers
Lucy Bruce Jones

Norton Rose Fullbright, London, England

Victor Flatt

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, USA

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