Ethics, Local Government Practice

Local Government 2019: Lincoln’s Legal Ethics


The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy at Lincoln Memorial University exists to increase public awareness of the contributions of Abraham Lincoln and their relevance to the present day. Lincoln was perhaps the most ethical person ever to serve as President of the United States. While many of our presidents have been members of the bar, Lincoln is notable for having practiced law full-time for decades before he entered the presidency. Like all of us, however, Lincoln was not perfect. Perhaps his greatest moral misstep was taking on something commonly called the Matson Slave Case. We will review that notorious case, then discuss how the issues it raises are still with us today, as reflected in several of Tennessee’s Rules of Professional Conduct.



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The history overlay was very interesting. Kept my attention more for that reason.

Very good presentation

Always good to have someone speak from personal experience. Particularly good in this case because the presenter had specific experience directly related to the topic presented. Also enjoyed the history refresher and learning more about LMU's law school.

Very engaging and knowledgeable speaker - I enjoyed his candor and storytelling ability.

Loved the Lincoln dilemma painted and how these ethical dilemmas still occur.


Course Pricing
  • Member: 45.00
  • Non-Member: 75.00
  • Section: 35.00
TBA members who are judges, lawmakers and law students can take TBA CLE onsite courses at no charge for the programming. There may be a separate charge if meals, special materials or other premium features are involved.
Course InformationHighlights
  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Viewable on desktop or mobile devices
  • Discount for section members
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.00
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 1

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please email a request to for Georgia and Mississippi CLE credit.