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The Vocation of a Lawyer & the Virtues

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University of Oxford

7:30 PM

Andrew Wiles Building -- Maths Institute | Lecture Room 3

A talk by Prof. Ryan Meade (Visiting scholar at the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars).

This lecture will discuss the vocation of a lawyer from the perspective of virtue, specifically the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. These virtues are the hinges of happiness for every person, but they play out in different ways the circumstances of a person's life. In this talk the speaker will connect how the cardinal virtues can be reflected in the role of lawyers in civic society and in their dealings with clients to support their professional vocation and help lawyers see the ways they can ennoble their lives and society.

About the Speaker:

Professor Meade, JD, is Aquinas Institute Visiting scholar focusing on law and philosophy. His academic research while at Blackfriars focuses on theories of justice in the context of regulations as well as the role of ethics in company law.

He teaches law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he is Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies in the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and the Center for Compliance Studies. He also works in the arena of bioethics and comparative healthcare systems.

He received a Doctor of Law degree from Cornell University and a BA in history from Northwestern University.