29th Annual Conference of the Professions - April 17, 2015

Supersizing the Professions: Ethical Issues Facing Mega-Churches, Law Firms and Medical Practices

Our Keynote Speaker Jonathan Walton, Ph.D., D.Min.

Jonathan Walton

Social ethicist and scholar of American religions Jonathan L. Walton joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010 and President Drew Faust appointed him Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church in 2012. Formerly an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside, Professor Walton’s research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. He is the author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism. He has also published widely in scholarly journals such as Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His work and insights have also been featured in several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC. Walton earned his Ph.D. in Religion & Society and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds a BA in Political Science from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Panel Discussion

Ray LaDriere, Risk Management Committee Chair and Deputy General Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
David Stern, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El
Jim Walton, D.O., President of Dallas County Medical Society
Maribeth Kuenzi, SMU Professor of Management and Organization, will serve as this year's moderator


Dallas Bar Association | Dallas County Medical Society | Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility | UT Southwestern Medical Center | SMU Dedman School of Law
SMU Perkins School of Theology

About the Conference

Conference of Professions brings together members of law, medicine, and theology in the Dallas area to discuss common challenges—ethical and otherwise—facing these professions. The Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility jointly sponsors this activity with the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Bar Association, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, SMU Dedman School of Law, and the SMU Perkins School of Theology.

Past Conferences

Agony and Ecstacy: How Your Emotions Affect Practice - 05/09/14
Shortcuts and High Roads: Everyday Morality and the Professions - 04/26/2013
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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