The Catholic University of America
I. Council on Professional Conduct
The Council on Professional Conduct serves multiple functions. First, they address possible violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Law Students. Second, they identify educational opportunities to develop understanding of ethical and professionalism standards, and to meet the Professional Conduct Education Requirements.
                   Dean’s Designee: Professor Cliff Fishman (; 202-319-5026. The Dean’s Designee receives complaints of possible violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Law Students and investigates these complaints. The Dean’s Designee determines whether there is reason to believe that a violation has occurred and, if so, whether settlement is appropriate under the rules or the matter should move forward for hearing by the Council.
                  Council on Professional Conduct is composed of three faculty members and six student members. If a hearing panel is required, that panel will be composed of two faculty members and three student members.
2016-17 Council Members:
Professor Michael McGonnigal (Faculty Chair)
Professor Roger Hartley
Professor Catherine Klein
Student Members (Student Co-Chair TBD):
Ileana Russo
Christine Camara
Maggie O'Neill
Mike Hubbard
Jose Espejo
Sydny Bryan 

 II. Professional Conduct Education Programs 

Professional Conduct Education programs are designed to explore ethical issues arising in law school or more broadly in the practice of law and help you develop your awareness of ethical concerns in legal practice and the good judgment to address them as they arise. The programs are developed collaboratively by students, faculty and practicing lawyers. To ensure the programs remain relevant to current legal practice, the programs are developed each semester.

If your student organization would like to sponsor a Professional Conduct Education program, the Council would love to hear from you. Please contact the current faculty chair to obtain approval. Your request should contain as much information as you have about the program and specifically identify how the program will explore an ethical issue arising in the practice of law.


III. Professional Conduct Education Program Graduation Requirements

All students must earn six professional conduct education credits (sometimes generally referred to as "honors credits" or "honors education") prior to graduation. Academic Rules XVI ; Rules of Professional Conduct III. F.       

You may earn a credit for each Professional Conduct Education program you attend. At each Professional Conduct Education program, you will be asked to sign in or complete a form certifying attendance. Within a few days of the program, Janaye Guinn of the Academic Affairs Office will enter your credit on your record.

It is expected you will fulfill your requirements through in-person attendance. All programs are video recorded, however, and posted on the Professional Conduct Education TWEN page on Westlaw. If you are unable to attend a program because of work obligations, illness, or other similar reason, you may earn a credit by viewing the video recording. Once you have watched the recording, please email Janaye Guinn,, so that she may enter a credit for you.

To track your progress, you can check your current professional conduct education status on Cardinal Station under your "To Do" list. Please note that your record will not show the lectures you have attended/viewed but only the ones you have left to do. For example, if you see Ethics 5, Ethics 6, this means that you have completed four requirements and have two left to do. The numbers do not refer to particular lectures or videos: any presentation marked "elective", from any year, will fulfill Ethics 3 through Ethics 6. Ethics 1 and 2 refer to the mandatory lecture you attend your first year.





Upcoming Professional Conduct Education Events