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Justice John Gerrard speaks to lawyers in annual seminar

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One of Nebraska's highest ranking Federal Judges speaks to lawyers from across the region this afternoon in Scottsbluff.

Justice John Gerrard was the keynote speaker during an annual seminar that honors the late Bob Chaloupka- a prominent Scottsbluff attorney.

Gerrard paid tribute to Chaloupka, recognizing his exceptional trial preparation, respectful trial manners, and his continual knack for winning.

The high ranking judge went on to talk about courtroom ethics to a room of about 50 regional-attorneys.

"The law- and in particular ethics- the code of ethics, does not represent our highest standard," says Gerrard. "The law, in many instances, and the code of ethics in particular, it's the lowest common denominator. It's a set of rules of minimal acceptable behavior. And honesty- all of you can do better."

He says lawyers will encounter a number of ethical dilemmas that they're not taught about in law school.

"You'll have clients asking you to shade the deal; to fudge the truth a little bit."

"And I don't care what area of practice you're in, or where it occurs," says Gerrard. "That's the kind of stuff they don't teach you in law school."


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