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Contempt of Court: A Lynching that Forever Changed the Practice of Law

Total Credits: 3 including 3.0 Ethics

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Mark Curriden |  Maria Bahr |  Rex Butler |  Lynda Limón
2 Hours 27 Minutes
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This case and story from a century ago exemplifies why lawyers as advocates for the poor and down trodden are best positioned to take the steps necessary to uphold the rule of law. Through the eyes and actions of the lawyers in this case, attorneys are able to see what it is like to represent a client who is the curse of society .And it also shows how lawyers should use the law and the courts for the protection of individual rights even when the courts itself are part of the problem. This case is a gut-check for lawyers about why they entered the legal profession.



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Maria Bahr is Ethics Counsel for the office of the Alaska Attorney General. Prior to that, she was Bar Counsel for the Alaska Bar Association. Maria has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California Los Angeles. She clerked for the Alaska Court of Appeals, and was admitted to practice in Alaska in 1991. Maria spent over 10 years with the Alaska Public Defender Agency representing clients in Anchorage, Sitka, Kodiak, and Palmer.
Maria worked for the State Bar of Arizona as a staff attorney starting in 2003, and served as the Director of the Arizona Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Programs for five years. 
Maria was an Adjunct Professor with the Arizona Summit Law School (formerly the Phoenix School of Law) teaching ethics and practice management skills. She served as Assistant Director of the General Practice Skills Program at the law school from 2009 to 2015. She was also a judge pro tem for the City of Mesa Municipal Court.

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