Philadelphia partner Larry Fox gave the 19th annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, March 30, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law.

Larry’s lecture was titled “Can This Profession be Saved?” and focused on the nature of the legal practice, specifically the long-standing debate regarding whether law is a business or a profession.

Larry, Crawford Lecturer at Yale Law School and former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, discussed how to preserve the professional integrity of the law, drawing from his experience as a practicing lawyer and educator from both ethical and practical perspectives.

The Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism was established in 1994 to honor Professor Emeritus Riley, who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The lecture series brings distinguished speakers to the NIU College of Law to discuss current issues relating to the legal profession.