Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CLE seminar for lawyers, others: Literature & The Law Conference - I will be discussing whether Shakespeare is sexist!

The Maricopa County Bar Association is hosting “Literature and the Law,” an all- day conference event sponsored by MCBA and organized with the assistance of the Law Office of Travis R. Marker.

The conference will address the practical application of the literature to the law and will discuss authors such as Leo Tolstoy, William Shakespeare, CS Lewis, William Faulkner, Beowulf, Franz Kafka, Thomas Hardy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Chaucer, and other great literary minds who have discussed themes relevant to the law.

This is not a theoretical or academic discussion, the classes and presentations will discuss relevant topics such as advocacy, client interviews, negotiations, problem solving, ethics, and other areas of practical application of the literature to the practice of law.

Date/Time: March 30, 2012 / 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Location: ASU Mercado Building 502 E. Monroe Phoenix, AZ 85004

Early Bird Registration, through March 23:
Attorneys: $195
General Public: $75

Regular Registration (after March 23):
Attorneys: $250
General Public: $100

Students with valid ID:
Early Bird and Regular: $20

See the full agenda here. Register here

Editor's note: I will be giving a presentation on whether Shakespeare is sexist. Opponents of classic literature, such as the works of William Shakespeare, are using the legal system to keep timeless classics out of our schools. Feminists claim that Shakespeare is sexist, and successfully got a professor fired from Arizona State University for teaching Shakespeare. Shakespeare has also been accused of being anti-Semitic; “The Merchant of Venice” has been removed from many schools. Others accuse Shakespeare of being too “western,” “English” and “white.” Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was recently censored from the Tucson Unified School District for being racist. Instead of explaining to youth that these classic works were written in a different era, the books are simply banned, often using the legal system to accomplish this.

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