34th Annual Conference of the Professions - Apr 30

Divisive Times: Trust and Cooperation in Professional Relationships is the topic of the conference for 2021.

This event will be hosted virtually.
Friday, April 30, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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After a year of disaster and interpersonal turbulence, clergy, lawyers and physicians have a unique challenge and an important role in confronting misinformation and rebuilding individuals’ faith and trust in our most critical institutions, including our own. Join us on April 30 as we explore techniques to create space for intellectual humility and conviction in order to restore trust and rebuild relationships of mutual respect.

Keynote Speaker and Facilitator

Jill DeTemple, PhD, is the chair of SMU's Religious Studies Department and professor of Anthropology. Dr. DeTemple is an expert in reflective structured dialogue practices, with her research recently featured in the Dallas Morning News and TEDxSMU.

Panel Speakers

Padmaja Reddy, MD: Assistant Professor of Palliative Care at Parkland Health and Hospital System and UT Southwestern

Rabbi David Stern, MA: Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El

Sakina Rasheed Foster, JD: Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP

The Conference of the Professions brings together members of law, medicine, and theology in the Dallas area to discuss common challenges—ethical and otherwise—facing these professions. The conference is a joint effort and collaboration between the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Bar Association, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, SMU Dedman School of Law, SMU Perkins School of Theology and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.


Clergy: This activity has been approved for .3 continuing education units (CEUs) for clergy and religious professionals.
Physicians: The Texas Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Legal Professionals: This activity has been approved for 3 CLE ethics credits.