Event: The ABA’s New Speech Code for Lawyers by Andrew Oldham
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Location: Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)
Mr. Oldham will address the new provision of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the American Bar Association in August 2016. Some say the rule is needed to protect the integrity of the legal profession; others say it is tantamount to a speech code that subjects lawyers to discipline for addressing controversial topics or representing unpopular clients.
Andrew Oldham is Deputy General Counsel to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. He previously served as Attorney General Abbott’s Deputy Solicitor General where he argued dozens of cases in state and federal courts, including two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before moving to Texas, Mr. Oldham clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David B. Sentelle at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Oldham also worked on a wide range of appellate and constitutional issues during his two-year tenure in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice and while in private practice in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), Cambridge University (M. Phil, first class), and the University of Virginia (B.A., highest honors).