Ethics, Leadership, & Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch, hero of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird... what can lawyers today learn from a fictional icon 50 years later? Would today's community be more accepting of Atticus Finch than fictional Maycomb County was? How are the values, integrity, and morality of Atticus Finch viewed today? This panel discussion will be moderated by MaryBeth DeMeo, Chair of English and Communication at Alvernia University and will include Jill Scheidt, Esquire, the Honorable Arthur E. Grim, and Keith Mooney, Esquire.


This event is free and open to the public.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

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Start Date: 11/2/2010 5:00 pm
End Date: 11/2/2010 7:00 pm
Location: Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center
Price: This event is free and open to the public
Sponsor: The Holleran Center for Community Engagement & The Center for Ethics and Leadership
Contact: Please contact the Holleran Center for Community Engagement with questions at 610-790-1925 or at
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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