Adams & Reese Partner to Serve on Advisory Board for Miller-Becker Institute of Professional Responsibility

(LAWFUEL) – Lucian T. Pera, a partner with the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility. The Institute, which is associated with University of Akron Law School in Akron, Ohio, provides lectures, symposia, and other programs and activities to enhance ethical awareness among those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study the law. Pera’s service will commence in Fall 2008.

Pera is a member of the Ethics Practice Team and the Commercial Disputes Practice Team in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. In his practice, he counsels and represents lawyers, large and small law firms, law departments, and other clients in the area of lawyer ethics, professional responsibility, malpractice and loss prevention; and he has developed a nationwide practice and reputation in this field. He is a frequent speaker and author on such matters in numerous venues across the country. He served for five years as a member of the American Bar Association’s Special Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which proposed significant changes that were approved by the ABA in 2002, and which have now been considered by almost all American jurisdictions for adoption. He currently chairs the ABA Section of Business Law’s Committee on Professional Conduct and has chaired the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Responsibility. Additionally, he has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility since 2000.

Aside from the leadership roles he has held in various organizations in the areas of media law and lawyer ethics, Pera has also served these organizations in other capacities. Since 1990, with only a three-year break, he has served as a member of the ABA House of Delegates, as well as having served as one of two Young Lawyer Members-at-Large of the ABA Board of Governors from 1994-1997. During his final year on the Board, he became the only young lawyer to ever chair its Finance Committee and served on the ABA Executive Committee. He has also served as the Tennessee Bar Association as its Secretary, a member of its Board of Governors, and as President of its Young Lawyers Division. Pera graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1982, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1985. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (First Amendment Law).

Adams and Reese has offices in Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer Magazine includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top 200 firms – “The AmLaw 200.” The National Law Journal also lists the firm on the “NLJ 250” of the nation’s largest law firms.

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