The Fred L. Carhart Memorial Program in Legal Ethics
The Fred L. Carhart Memorial Program in Legal Ethics was established at the College of Law in 2007. The program brings eminent scholars, jurists, and lawyers to Ohio Northern to actively engage in lectures, seminars, and panel discussions for the benefit of our students, the college and university communities, and the public, as well as the bench and bar. The Carhart program will fund lectures and symposia in alternating years. The first lecture was held in 2007-2008.
About the Carhart Family
The endowment to fund the program came from the estate of Dwight L. Carhart (JD ‘47) in memory of his father. Fred L. Carhart (BS 1902), for whom the program is named, was a lifelong attorney in Marion, Ohio, until his death in 1948. His son, Dwight L. Carhart, passed away in 2005 in Hendersonville, NC. Dwight originally enrolled in the College of Law, but then left to join the US Army where he fought in the European Theater. He returned to ONU and graduated in 1947. His wife, Ruth, was a housemother in Turner Hall at ONU while Dwight attended law school. Following graduation, he practiced law in Marion and served as assistant prosecutor. Dwight was a JAG officer and Captain in the Army during the Korean War. He later worked for the Federal Trade Commission and then for General Electric until his retirement in 1979. Dwight made several visits back to Ohio Northern and attended the Law College War Years’ Reunion in 1989. The Carharts donated several notable items to Ohio Northern during their lifetimes including an Early American China tea service, first edition McGuffey Readers, and military records.
Lecture in odd years (beginning 2007-08)
Symposium in even years (beginning 2008-09)
- 2016 Zealous Advocacy and Testing Boundaries: The Role of a Criminal Defender Judge Amul R. Thapar, United State District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- 2013 To Promote the Progress: Incentives, Exclusives, and Values to Build a More Perfect Creative Culture Jon Garon, Professor of Law and Director of the Northern Kentucky University Chase Law + Informatics Institute
- 2012 “Ethical Issues in the Practice of National Security Law: A Perspective” Charles Dunlap, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law and the Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law
- 2012 “The Government Lawyer as Advisor: Some Hard Lessons of the Last 10 Years.” David Luban, Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law
- 2011 “Crisis in the Legal Profession” Michael Tigar, professor emeritus at Duke University Law School; Robert Burns, professor at Northwestern University School of Law; Tim Young, director of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender; Eve Brensike Primus, assistant professor at the University of
- 2010 “What will it Take to Fix Copyright?” William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.
- 2009 “The Role of Ethics in the Corporate Landscape" Leonard Gross, University of Southern Illinois School of Law; Lynn Lieber, founder of Workplace Answers Inc.; Leonard Bucklin, faculty member of the Round Table Scholars and the principal of Corporate Ethics; Carolyn Lindsey, director of member services f
- 2008 “Treating Unlike Cases Differently: The Ethics of Equality and Cultural Variation in Legal Process Pluralism” Carrie Menckel-Meadows, A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Hewlett-Georgetown Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving at Georgetown University Law Center