Law and Film CLE Ethics Class: Conflict of Principles in No
Country for Old Men
Tuesday, February 24, 2009: 6pm-8pm
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd Street (on the corner with 5th Ave)
NY, NY 10022
Note: There are two (2) Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
ethics credits available for this class.
VLA is proud to announce a new CLE law and film series. Our
new law and film series will focus on the study of ethics
through the prism of film and cinema. Attendees will be
mailed a DVD of the film along with reading material
two-weeks before the class. Registered participants will
then attend a two-hour class to discuss the film and
Topics covered will include:
Individual choice (self-interest) vs. collective
Personal morality, professional roles, collegial pressures,
and economic incentives
Competing and unfixed ethical values
Ethical values vs. practical/situational pressures
Fairness, justice, honesty, loyalty, confidentiality, and
conflicts of interest
Recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas
To launch our new law and film series, we begin with Joel
and Ethan Coen's film, based on Cormac McCarthy's 2005
novel, No Country for Old Men. No Country for Old Men
provides legal professionals with an abundance of ethical
problems and conflicts. Ethics, morals, principles and laws
are all seen in this film in literal and abstract
representations, allowing for both practical and
philosophical discussions as to how they may apply to
interpersonal relations and how at times certain choices
can produce unintended consequences.
All registered participants will be mailed a DVD of the
film along with reading material two-weeks before the
class, so please register by February 11th to guarantee
reception of materials. Registered participants will then
attend a two-hour class on February 24th to discuss the
film and readings.
This class will be taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq.,
VLA's Director of Education. He has previously taught
critical theory, film, and visual culture at Hofstra
University, Harvard University, USC, and UC-Irvine.
Fees for this workshop are as follows: (includes a DVD copy
of the film and reading material)
Legal Professional: $75
To register, please complete the attached Registration Form
and return to us by February 11th in order to allow ample
time for reception of DVD and class readings. You may
submit your registration form via fax to: (212) 752-6575,
or mail form with payment to:
Law & Film class
1 East 53rd Street, 6th fl
NY, NY 10022-4201
Financial Hardship Policy: Full and partial scholarships to
attend VLA's Continuing Legal Education programs are
available to persons with demonstrated financial hardship.
To apply, applicants must submit a request, on letterhead
if possible, stating the reason for their interest, proof
of income or an explanation of their financial hardship,
and a completed course registration form. Scholarships will
be awarded on a space-available basis, with preference
given to applicants in order of date submitted. For more information please view http://www.vlany.org/education/clecredit.php.
Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world. For more information about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq.
phone: (212) 319-2787 Ext. 13