Conflict of Principles in No Country for Old Men

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					                                          Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
                                                           presents


                            Law and Film CLE Ethics Class:
        Conflict of Principles in No Country for Old Men*
                 “If the rule you followed led you to this, of what use was the rule?”—Anton Chigurh


                               Tuesday, February 24, 2009: 6-8pm

                            VLA, 1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022 (Auditorium)

                    * 2.0 CLE Ethics Credits Available (Transitional and non-Transitional)


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 readings.

Topics covered will include:

Individual choice (self-interest) vs. collective responsibility
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.
                                                 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
                                                                     presents

                                  Law and Film CLE Ethics Class:
         Conflict of Principles in No Country for Old Men*

                                     Tuesday, February 24, 2009: 6-8pm
                                      VLA, 1 East 53rd, NY, NY 10022 (Auditorium)

                        * 2.0 CLE Ethics Credits Available (Transitional and non-Transitional)

This VLA workshop is open to the public. Attorneys will receive 2.0 CLE Ethics credits. To register, please complete this
registration form and mail or fax to us by February 11th in order to allow ample time for reception of DVD and class readings. All
registration fees are non-refundable. For more information please call Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento at: 212.319.2787 x13

Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, educational program, mediation
services, publications, and advocacy to the arts community. For more information on VLA, please visit: www.vlany.org.

Fees are as follows: (includes a DVD copy of the film and reading material)
                 [ ] Artist / Student (VLA member): $25                                    [ ] Legal Professional: $75


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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
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