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Lynk juggles hats at ABA's midyear meeting

February 20, 2012

Myles V. Lynk, the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession at the College of Law, chaired meetings, presented an award and testified before the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission at the ABA’s 2012 Midyear Meeting, Feb. 1-7, in New Orleans.

As chair of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (the Discipline Committee), Lynk testified before the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission about its proposal to add a new comment to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7. It that would permit attorneys and clients involved in multijurisdictional matters to choose which jurisdictions’conflicts-of-interest rules would apply to their representation.

Also in his capacity as chair of the Discipline Committee, Lynk co-chaired a public hearing on amendments to the Model Judicial Code and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that are being proposed jointly by the Discipline Committee and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. The changes have to do with the standards for the judicial disqualification of elected state judges from contested proceedings in which one or more parties or attorneys have made significant contributions to their election campaign or to an opponent’s campaign. The Discipline Committee also presented a resolution before the ABA House of Delegates, regarding the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions.

As Chair-elect of the national Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Lynk presented the Outstanding Scholar Award to Professor Joan Williams of the University of California Hastings College of the Law at the Foundation’s annual banquet.

Finally, as an elected At-large Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, Lynk participated in the House of Delegates’ meeting at the 2012 Midyear Meeting, and he also chaired the meeting of the Minority Caucus of the House of Delegates.    

Lynk’s areas of interest include business law, civil procedure, legal ethics, bioethics in health care and law and literature. He is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, and an Affiliated Faculty in Justice and Social Inquiry, at the ASU School of Social Transformation. In 2008-2009, Lynk was a Visiting Honors Faculty Fellow in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Law’s Alumni Association. From 2004 to 2010, he served as ASU’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.