Date: 22 May 2017

Time: 1.00PM – 5.30PM

Venue: The Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin.



Who should attend? Lawyers, Doctors and Academics welcome

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Aim and Objectives

In a new era of “alternative facts”, public scandals and an increased distrust of traditional symbols of authority, it is not hard to justify a renewed focus on the value of Professionalism in our society.  While few would argue the need to be “professional” in one’s work, the concept itself is not well understood either conceptually or methodologically.

Professionalism is pivotal to the relationship between the public and the professional, but there are a variety of diverse perspectives for interpreting what professionalism means in practice.  Through this Forum, “Professionalism across the Professions”, we aim to explore the attitudes, behaviours, and characteristics that contribute to the concept of Professionalism in our society.

Topics and Issues Covered

  • What does it mean to be a “Professional” in today’s society?
  • Does being a professional lawyer mean something different to being a professional doctor, nurse, carer, accountant or public servant?  How does an academic (teacher or researcher) understand professionalism?
  • Are there common threads tying concepts of professionalism across these and other sectors in our society?

Who Should Attend?

3U Partnership and the Law Society of Ireland recognize that all professions, not only the legal, medical and academic professions, are expected by a multitude of stakeholders to consistently demonstrate “professional behaviour” throughout their working life.  Whilst this Forum will focus on the medical, legal and academic sectors, it will be of interest to participants from any professional sector.



Dr Ruth Davis, Director of 3U Partnership. Ruth Davis works closely across the three Partner Institutions, Dublin City University, Maynooth University (MU) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, to build and shape the future of the 3U Partnership and to seek further innovative opportunities for collaboration in the years to come.  Ruth brings more than 15 years of management experience in the higher education sector to 3U Partnership.  She has worked particularly in the areas of research support and the development of research strategy and more recently at the Higher Education Authority in developing and implementing government strategy in relation to capital infrastructure investment in the higher education sector.  Ruth has a PhD in Microbiology from University College Cork and qualified as a Barrister in July 2013 at the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.


Mr Ken Murphy, Director General, Law Society of Ireland

Ken Murphy has been the Director General of the Law Society of Ireland since 1995.  Ken qualified as a solicitor in 1981.  From 1983 to 1995 he practised in one of Ireland’s largest commercial law firms, A & L Goodbody, where he became a partner in 1990.  He practised primarily in litigation and in EU and competition law including, for four years, in the firm’s Brussels office.  He is the Society’s main spokesman in the media and he has served on numerous Government and Courts Service-appointed task forces including those which led to the creation of the Courts Service and the Court of Appeal.  In October 2012 he completed a two-year term as the President of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE) which is the worldwide Association of Chief Executives of Law Associations with members in more than 90 jurisdictions across the globe.  In late 2016 he was elected an Officer of the Bar Issues Commission which oversees all matters involving Bars and Law Societies worldwide within the International Bar Association.

Dr Kimberely Brownlee, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Title of talk: Expertise and Integrity

Kimberley Brownlee is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Her areas of expertise lie within moral, political, and legal philosophy. Before joining the University of Warwick in 2012, she was a Senior Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University (2008); an HLA Hart Visiting Research Fellow at University College, Oxford (2009); a CEPPA Visiting Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at St Andrews University (2009); a Visiting Scholar in the UCLA Law School (2012); a Warwick-Monash Visiting Fellow at Monash University (2015), and a Visiting Lecturer at Duke University (2016). She has received an AHRC Networks and Workshops Grant (2008), an AHRC Research Leave Award (2009), and an Independent Social Research Foundation fellowship (2014). In 2012, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust.

Kimberley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aristotelian Society (2014-2017) and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association (2012-2016). She is a member of the Editorial Board of Law and Philosophy, the Editorial Board of Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Advisory Board of the Springer series in Ethics and Public Policy. From 2010-2012, she was a member of the Review Board for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, published by Wiley (2013).

Kimberley is the author of Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience, published by Oxford University Press (2012). She is also the co-editor of Disability and Disadvantage, published by Oxford University Press (2009). Her articles have appeared in Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Utilitas, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and Res Publica. She is the author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on civil disobedience. Her current work focuses on the ethics of sociability, social rights, human rights, and freedom of association. Her recent work focused on conscience and conscientious disobedience, ideals and virtue, philosophy of punishment, and restorative justice.

Dr Rachael Hession, Law Society of Ireland

Rachael Hession qualified as a solicitor in 1997. She is a course manager on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Courses and is a programme manager with Law Society Professional Training. She lectures and tutors on the PPC. She is co-editor and co-author of the Law Society Complex Conveyancing Manual and is co-author of the Law Society Capital Taxation for Solicitors Manual and Conveyancing Manual.  She was previously in practice with Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors and Henry P.F. Donegan solicitors. She is an associate of the ITI and a member of STEP.  She holds a MA in Higher Education, Professional Legal Education and Skills and a Doctorate in Education (University of Sheffield). Her thesis is entitled “Professionalism – can you teach it?”

Professor Teresa Pawlikowska, RCSI

Teresa Pawlikowska joined RCSI as inaugural Professor and Director of the Health Professions Education Centre in June 2013. She is an experienced medical educator and researcher having held posts in an established medical school (University College London) and a newer graduate-entry medical school (The University of Warwick) in the UK. Additionally she has designed and delivered a variety of medical education programmes in diverse environments abroad as part of EU and World Bank projects. She has been responsible for the development of cascaded training and the development of distributed education in the community in programmes both in the UK and Europe. As Director of Research Degrees for Medical Education at Warwick Medical School Teresa Pawlikowska devised and developed the research methods in medical education Master’s level course and she has been an invited lecturer on similar programmes more widely in the EU. She was elected to the Board, and also to the Chair of the Education Committee at EGPRN (European General Practice Research Network). She has also been invited to join tEACH, the teaching sub-group of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare. Teresa Pawlikowska has taught and researched (and practiced) the medical consultation throughout her career, which was also the subject of her PhD. Research interests include teaching and learning in the health professions (students and faculty), inter-professional education, communication and consultation skills, methodology in medical education.

Dr Heinz Lechleiter, Dublin City University

Heinz Lechleiter is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) in Dublin City University where he was responsible for introducing courses combining foreign languages with other academic areas. His field of interest is Applied Linguistics and his PhD dissertation was on the theory and practice of Specific Languages, especially of the sciences. He served a term as the Director of Quality in DCU during which he published on the language used in relation to quality and other issues in the Third Level sector.


Dr Jamie Saris, Maynooth University

Jamie Saris is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University.  He holds advanced degrees in Social-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago (MA and PhD), and he has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinically-Relevant Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.  He has been working for twenty years in medical and psychological anthropology in Ireland, North America, and parts of Africa.

Professionalism Research Project

Although the primary objective of this Forum is to promote dialogue, raise awareness and develop a better understanding of concepts of Professionalism across various professional sectors, there is also an important research objective to the Forum.

The research aims to examine the concept of professionalism from the differing standpoints of various professions.  This will take place during the Forum through a series of recorded round-table structured breakout sessions which will focus on particular topics of relevance to the concept of professionalism.   Only tables with participants who have agreed to partake in the research project will be recorded. All data arising from the research project will be anonymised.

A research team of clinicians, educators, anthropologists and linguists will evaluate each cycle of the round table fora to analyse the various concepts of professionalism across different profession for both divergences and convergences and will look at the process of interaction between the disciplines.



This project is subject to ethical approval by RCSI Research Ethics Committee. Participation in the research project is completely voluntary and is not a condition for attending and participating in the Forum (including the breakout sessions).