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Faculty News: Professor’s Legal Ethics Course Recognized

A course featuring New England Law | Boston Professor and behavioral legal ethics expert Tigran Eldred has been recognized as an outstanding educational resource.

Entitled Motivated Reasoning and Legal Ethics, the online course earned a Gold Award, the highest level of recognition, in the "Best Use of Video for Learning" category in the Brandon Hall Group's Excellence Awards, given to organizations with exemplary learning programs. (The course is also available for free or at reduced rates to legal educators, nonprofit employees, and those demonstrating financial need.)

Created by the Practising Law Institute, a leading provider of authoritative legal training and continuing education, the Motivated Reasoning and Legal Ethics course provides an interactive educational experience for attorneys wherein they explore unconscious biases by assessing common real-world situations arising in legal settings. Professor Eldred is featured in the course as an instructor and contributed to its development. The course also features Professor Molly J. Walker Wilson from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Per the Practising Law Institute:

“The program demonstrates how motivated reasoning can lead attorneys to act unethically or remain silent in the face of unethical behavior. Furthermore, it shows how even after these ethical lapses, actors often continue to believe that they have done nothing wrong. The program explains, in detail, what motivated reasoning is, describes and demonstrates the most common social-cognitive biases that comprise motivated reasoning, and provides strategies to help attorneys overcome these biases, so they behave ethically. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct is mentioned and referred to at times in discussion, scenarios, and examples.”

Professor Eldred was asked to participate in the course as a thought leader and accomplished educator in the field of behavioral legal ethics. His research explores the regulation and psychology of decision making of lawyers in various contexts, including criminal law and legal ethics. Professor Eldred also shares his insights through the Behavioral Legal Ethics blog.

Learn more about Professor Tigran Eldred and his behavioral legal ethics scholarship.