IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 235, Level 2

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Champion poverty alleviation through taking the highroad; a lawyer's path to alleviating poverty while practicing law with a high moral conscience
Room 235, Level 2
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Poverty and Social Development Committee (Lead)


It has been said that there are basically three types of practice orientation: (1) the legal technical approach (2) the wise advisor (3) the lawyer with a high moral purpose as guided by the lawyers' conscience. It has been well recognised that the solution to the social challenges which intersect poverty such as migration climate change and wealth inequality must involve a lawyer’s commitment to a high moral imperative. This requires that that the lawyer approach legal problem-solving guided by such purpose. International norms particularly norms that are grounded upon soft law increasingly call for a holistic approach to business planning. The panel discussion will focus on how such things as the independence of the legal profession can assist in pursuing the practice orientation of a high moral purpose while still maintaining the support of the client in such pursuits.

A pre-recorded video made for the session, by Hon Mia Amor Mottley QC, Prime Minister of Barbados, on the topic, will be played and used in the discussion. 

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Tara Archer-Glasgow Higgs & Johnson, Nassau, Bahamas; Co-Chair, Poverty and Social Development Committee
Bruce Macallum public sphere, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Vice Chair, Poverty and Social Development Committee

Keynote Speakers

Hon Mia Amor Mottley SC MP Prime Minister of Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados


Jane Anderson Public Lawyer, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Co-Chair, Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee
Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz Thomson Reuters Foundation, New York, New York, USA
Peter Knox KC High Court, Chancery Division, London, England