Ben Franklin on Ethics

Length: 1 Hour

CLE Credits: 1 to 1.2 Ethics or PR (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State, General Credit Only in MO)

Approved in: AK, AZ, CA, ME, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NC, OK, OR, PA, TN, UT, VT, WA, WY; CO and NJ via Reciprocity

Featuring Christopher Lowell as Ben Franklin

Even in Ben Franklin's time, the public held cynical views about lawyers.  How can one be a better practitioner and help negate some of the lingering negative attitudes toward today’s lawyers?  In this engaging and informative program, Ben Franklin (who worked with more lawyers than most modern day practitioners) challenges today’s lawyers to expand their own notion of ethics much as he, himself, did during his own life.  Portrayed by Christopher Lowell, internationally acclaimed actor, historian, and Franklin scholar, Ben discusses the ethical issues he confronted and challenges attendees to put ethical considerations at the heart of legal practice. Franklin speaks of the importance of ethical practices and the spirit of Pro Bono Publico as the underpinnings of a virtuous life. Topics include Ethics in Documentation, Ethics and Relationships, Ethics and Fees, Ethics and Loyalty and the importance of Humility and Honesty. 

A live chat room discussion with Ben and a Moderator concludes the program.

Produced By:

Periaktos Productions L.L.C.


  • Christopher Lowell
    • CHRISTOPHER LOWELL is an internationally known actor, historical scholar and Ben Franklin presenter. A native New Yorker, Lowell has had a dual career in the classroom and on the stage. After graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a double major in theater and French, he went on to get his M.A. in 18th century French Literature from Colgate University in Hamillton, New York. He taught French and theater for over 40 years and has been an actor for over fifty years. Lowell has been honored three times with “Best Actor of the Year” awards from the press in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for his performances in “All My Sons”  and “Twelve Angry Men,” and most recently as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice." He has lived in Colorado Springs with his wife, Sue, since 1973. Lowell’s double career has taken him, as it did Franklin, to both Philadelphia and to France. In Philadelphia, he taught and acted for six years. In France, where he was awarded a grant as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher for the academic year 1992-93, he taught in Brittany—the region where Ben Franklin first touched French soil in December of 1776. In 2007, as a guest of the French government, Lowell brought Ben Franklin “back” to Paris for the first time in 222 years for a series of presentations in French to the French diplomatic and business communities. Now retired from teaching, Mr. Lowell is finding new delight in bringing the extraordinary life and accomplishments of Ben Franklin to an ever-widening range of audiences on a full-time basis. No stranger to legal groups, Mr. Lowell has presented CLEs in Colorado, addressed the Colorado Springs Bar Association for its Law Day festivities and presented for the Nebraska Bar Foundation, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National School Boards Council of School Attorneys. Lowell’s Ben Franklin has been called “the best I have ever seen” by Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer-prize winning historian and author of The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Additional information about Christopher Lowell’s work as Benjamin Franklin can be found at

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