Continuing Legal Education
Seminar in Professionalism and Ethics
In the spring of 1995, Executive Committee member Harvey Bernard Rubenstein suggested that the Society consider developing and sponsoring a program of continuing legal education (CLE) for lawyers that focused on professionalism and ethics. The idea had both an inspirational aspect (fostering the ideals of St. Thomas More) and a practical aspect (helping attorneys fulfill their CLE requirements). A committee of Mr. Rubenstein, Matthew Boyer and Geoffrey Gamble was appointed and planning was begun for a seminar to be held in 1996. Co-chairs of the seminar were to be Mr. Rubenstein and former Society president Joseph T. Walsh, a sitting Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Society decided to co-sponsor the event with the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA), the premier provider of CLE to lawyers in Delaware.
The first seminar was held in January 1996, and seminars have been held each year since. Mr. Rubenstein and Justice Walsh (now deceased) were the co-chairs for many years, co-sponsored by the Society and the DSBA. The seminar is widely regarded as one of the premier annual CLE events in Delaware.
In January 2009, at the 14th Annual Seminar, the Society and the DSBA renamed their joint program the Rubenstein Walsh Seminar in Professionalism and Ethics. Beginning in 2015, Matt Boyer and the Honorable Mary M. Johnston have co-chaired the seminar.