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First Wednesday Series - Nazi Crimes and Legal Ethics

Total Credits: 1.0 including 1.0 Illinois

Edward F. Malone |  Eric Muller |  Thorsten Wagner
1 Hour
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Join us for a discussion of the role of lawyers during the Nazi regime as the foundation for a review of the history of modern legal ethics, a summary of relevant requirements, and an analysis of how those requirements can help guide lawyers in today’s climate to help our society avoid the mistakes of history. This talk will examine questions such as: Does the legal profession need an ethical code to guide lawyers? Could the existence of an ethical code like the Model Rules of Professional Conduct have changed the course of the Nazi regime?


Edward F. Malone's Profile

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General Counsel and Partner

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

In his civil litigation and white collar defense practices, Ed litigates and tries cases, and argues appeals in both federal and state courts. He also counsels and conducts investigations for clients facing potential civil and criminal litigation, and represents clients in grand jury proceedings. Ed also is General Counsel of the Firm.

Eric Muller's Profile

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Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics

University of North Carolina School of Law

Eric Muller joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1998 and serves as the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics. He is one of the leading scholars of the removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II and has published extensively in the field for more than two decades. He has also published in the areas of constitutional criminal procedure, the law of slavery, and the Nazi legal system. He has published two monographs, “Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II” (U. of Chicago Press 2001) and “American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II” (UNC Press 2007), and an edited volume, “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II” (UNC Press 2012), which the Western History Association awarded its Joan Kerr Patterson Prize. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others.

Muller attended Yale Law School, where he was Current Topics Editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review, and then clerked for Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He worked briefly for a litigation firm in New York City and then served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of New Jersey before entering academia as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law. At UNC, Muller served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, the faculty development center serving the entire university.


  • J.D., Yale University 
  • A.B., Brown University 


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Executive Director

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)

Thorsten Wagner is a German-Danish historian. Born and raised in Sønderborg, Denmark, Thorsten completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and has lived in Berlin since 1993. He conducted graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin, earning his MA from the TU and FU Berlin in 1998 in modern history, political science and German literature. After serving as an educator at the Jewish Museum of Berlin and a research fellow at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, since 2010 Thorsten has held a permanent position as associate professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)/University of Copenhagen, Denmark.