33rd Annual Conference of the Professions - May 24, 2019

"Crossing Borders"

COP2019FlyerFriday, May 24, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
T. Boone Pickens Conference Center
2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219

  • This activity has been approved for .4 continuing education units (CEUs) for clergy and religious professionals.
  • This activity has also been approved for 2.5 CLE ethics credits.
  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas & Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas County Medical Society, and Dallas County Bar Association, and in cooperation with Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, SMU Perkins School of Theology, and SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this activity for1.0hours in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility. 

Conference Topic

This year’s Conference will examine the professional opportunities presented by immigration. Providing medical care, legal representation, and a spiritual home for documented and undocumented immigrants alike – many seeking asylum from intolerable conditions in their home countries – presents unique challenges and rewards. What are the ethical obligations of lawyers, physicians, and clergy to those who have come here from other countries? How are our professional organizations, firms, and practices responding to the needs of the immigrant community?

PereiraKeynote Speaker

Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Esq., City of Dallas Director of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs


Roberto De La Cruz, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Parkland Hospital
Isabel Docampo, D.Min., Director of Center for the Study of Latino Christianity and Religions
Bill Holston, J.D., Executive Director of HRI of North Texas

Moderated by the Honorable Judge Clay L. Jenkins, J.D.


8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am: Introduction and Welcome
8:45 am: Keynote by Liz Cedillo-Pereira
9:45 am: Q & A
10:00 am: Break
10:20 am: Panel Discussion
12:00 pm: Adjourn


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

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


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Past Conferences 

"Time's Up" for the Professions? Power, Sex and the Way Forward - 05/11/2018
Responding to Racial Conflict - 5/26/17
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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