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Murers’ gift extends law professionalism series

November 30, 2011
Cherilyn G. Murer

Cherilyn G. Murer

To ensure that the lawyers of tomorrow are not only technically skilled but also are ethical legal practitioners, Cherilyn and Michael Murer have extended their sponsorship of  the lecture series “Introduction to the Legal Profession: History, Culture, and Values.”

Launched this fall, the series exposes first-year students at the NIU College of Law to legal scholars and luminaries from across the country to discuss the importance of professionalism in their careers.

Topics included attorney client privilege, how to represent unpopular clients and making ethical decisions.

The Murers are the founders and leaders of Murer Consultants, Inc., a legal-based health care management consulting firm. The idea for the series was an outgrowth of Cherilyn Murer’s selection to deliver the Francis X. Riley lecture on ethics and professionalism last spring.

“As I prepared for that lecture it made us think about those topics and the need to further incorporate them into legal education,” said Murer, a 1978 graduate of the law school who is currently in her second term as chair of the NIU Board of Trustees, where she has served since 2005.

“We have outstanding ethics professors in the college, but we thought this format would bring a sense of practicality to us,” she said. “It has been such a resounding success that we just felt the need to extend the funding.”

Murer also presented the capstone lecture in the series, speaking on the topic, “Morality Without Rules: Ethics in Business Transactions,” discussing ethics and counseling clients in the business context.

The college is grateful that the Murers extended their support of the program, said Dean Jennifer Rosato, adding that students have benefited tremendously from the inaugural series.

“The program is built upon the belief that a lawyer’s moral compass should be acquired when the study of law begins,” Rosato said. “Better they gain these foundations here in our law school than through trial and error as they begin their career.”

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