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Alan Dershowitz Gives GC East Keynote on Transparency
Corporate Counsels 25th Annual General Counsel Conference kicked off on Wednesday morning with a keynote address from Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and celebrated civil liberties lawyer.
Dershowitzs talk, titled The Ethics of Transparency, laid out the importance of openness and transparency in building and maintaining the relationship between in-house counsel and outside firms. He also addressed a wide range of related topics, including the ongoing Bradley Manning/WikiLeaks court martial, the difficult legal questions of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and how government decides what information is or isnt classified.
Anthony Paonita, Corporate Counsels editor-in-chief, and David Hechler, our executive editor, were in attendance at the Marriott Marquis in New York City as Dershowitz opened the two-day GC East event and live-tweeted the speech. Some highlights from @apaonita and @hechler:
@hechler: Dershowitz first in his family to go to college. "I made it into Brooklyn College by the skin of my teeth."
@apaonita: Dershowitz: no room for lack of transparency in client billing
@apaonita: Dershowitz on rules--clear limits are better than fuzzy common law.
@apaonita: Dershowitz--Manning case brings conflicts over secrecy and leaks to the fore.
@hechler: Dershowitz re the tensions lawyers balance. There are "legitimate state secrets. But I also represent Julian Assange."
@apaonita: Dershowitz--90% of classified stuff is wrong. 10% isn't and is crucial.