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Professional Responsibility (Davis)

Spring 2023   LAW 555-005  

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Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
R 6:40PM - 8:30PM
Gittis Hall 213



Professional responsibility issues are part of the fabric of the practice of law. For example, you receive a key document inadvertently produced by your opponent in a case. What do you do? Or, a conflict is created when your best corporate client asks you to negotiate a very significant deal with a company you are suing on behalf of another client. Can you go forward with the transaction? This course focuses on the facts and circumstances in both litigation and transactional practices that can trigger professional responsibility issues. We will explore these issues not only through hypothetical fact patterns, but also through the lens of current events, where they arise β€œin real life.” We will also welcome a handful of guest speakers who will share how they rely on the ethics rules and guidance in their every day work life.


"The Law Governing Lawyers, Model Rules, Restatement and Other Sources of Law" by Martyn, Fox & Wendel
Edition: 2022-23 Edition
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543858990

"Traversing the Ethical Minefield – Problems, Law and Professional Responsibility" by Martyn & Fox
Edition: 5th edition
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 978154384613