About the Conference of the Professions

The annual Conference of the Professions is sponsored by the SMU Dedman School of Law, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Dallas Bar Association, the SMU Perkins School of Theology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and, since 1995, SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Each year an ethical issue of common interest is identified. A noted expert in the field presents a keynote address, and a distinguished panel of local professionals discusses a related case that poses practical issues for law, medicine, the clergy, and other professions.

Click here for information on the upcoming 2019 Conference of the Professions entitled "Crossing Borders."

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Past Conferences 

Past conference titles along with the keynote speakers are listed below.

Time's Up for the Professions? Power, Sex and the Way Forward - 05/11/2018
Responding to Racial Conflict: Responsibilities of the Professions - 05/26/2017
Coming Home: The Professions Supporting Veterans - 04/22/2016
Supersizing the Professions: Ethical Issues Facing Mega-Churches, Law Firms and Medical Practices - 04/17/2015
Agony and Ecstasy: How Your Emotions Affect Practice - 05/09/2014
Shortcuts and High Roads: Everyday Morality and the Professions - 04/26/2013
Professional Ethics and Social Media: Like? - 10/14/2011
A Lawyer, a Priest, and a Doctor walk into a bar... The Ethics of Humor in the Professions - 10/14/2010
Generational Expectations and the Professions - 02/17/2009
What in God's Name Am I Doing? - 02/11/2008
Preparing for Disaster: Fire, Flood, and the Flu - 03/30/2007
Apology and the Professions - 03/01/2006
Healthcare for the Uninsured - 10/06/2004
Sexual Misconduct Within the Professions: Restoring Public Trust - 11/13/2003
Information Privacy and the Professions - 10/17/2002
Honor Thy Children? The Challenge of a Child-Centered Practice - 11/15/2001
Technology and the Environment: Promise of Benefits, Risks of Harm - 10/19/2000
Engineering of Human Tissue - 10/01/1999
Challenges to Diversity in the Professions - 10/22/1998
Death and Dying - 10/27/1997
Politics and the Professions - 11/21/1996
The Human Genome - 10/17/1995
The Professions and Violence in the Family - 10/25/1994
Money and the Professions - 10/28/1993
Chemical Dependency - The Professional's Responsibility to Each Other and to the Community - 03/14/1992
The Role of the Professional in the Community - 03/27/1991
Women and Men in the Professions: A Question of Balance in the 21st Century - 1990
The Socialization of the Professional and Mid-Career Burnout - 1989
AIDS, The Emerging Crisis - 01/20/1988
Self Regulation for the Professions - 12/09/1986
The Meaning of Professional Responsibility Today - 10/24/1985

Selected Media from Conferences of the Professions


Jonathan Walton: 2015 Conference of the Professions Keynote


Dan Ariely: 2014 Conference of the Professions Keynote


Carrie James: 2011 Conference of the Professions Keynote

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Past Conferences 

Coming Home: The Professions Supporting Veterans - 4/22/16
Supersizing the Professions: Ethical Issues Facing Mega-Churches, Law Firms and Medical Practices - 4/17/15
Shortcuts and High Roads: Everyday Morality and the Professions - 4/26/14
Professional Ethics and Social Media: Like? - 10/14/11
A Lawyer, a Priest, and a Doctor walk into a bar... The Ethics of Humor in the Professions - 10/14/10
Generational Expectations and the Professions - 02/17/09
What in God's Name Am I Doing? - 02/11/08
Preparing for Disaster: Fire, Flood, and the Flu - 03/30/07
Apology and the Professions - 03/01/06
Healthcare for the Uninsured - 10/06/04
Sexual Misconduct Within the Professions: Restoring Public Trust - 11/13/03
Information Privacy and the Professions - 10/17/02
Honor Thy Children? The Challenge of a Child-Centered Practice - 11/15/01
Technology and the Environment: Promise of Benefits, Risks of Harm - 10/19/00
Engineering of Human Tissue - 10/01/99
Challenges to Diversity in the Professions - 10/22/98
Death and Dying - 10/27/97
Politics and the Professions - 11/21/96
The Human Genome - 10/17/95
The Professions and Violence in the Family - 10/25/94
Money and the Professions - 10/28/93
Chemical Dependency - The Professional's Responsibility to Each Other and to the Community - 03/14/92
The Role of the Professional in the Community - 03/27/91
Women and Men in the Professions: A Question of Balance in the 21st Century - 1990
The Socialization of the Professional and Mid-Career Burnout - 1989
AIDS, The Emerging Crisis - 01/20/88
Self Regulation for the Professions - 12/09/86
The Meaning of Professional Responsibility Today - 10/24/85
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