Professional Responsibility (Reich/Buckley)
M 4:30PM - 6:20PM
Gittis Hall 2
In what area of the law will you practice? Corporate Law? Litigation? Real Estate? Labor? Criminal Defense? Intellectual Property? Tax law?
Regardless, the art of advocacy permeates all of those areas and others. But as lawyers, there are boundaries, defined by the Rules of Professional Conduct. From the outset of the professional relationship and beyond, we will examine and simulate advocacy in many different areas of the law. We will review and role play selected case law with particular emphasis on practical solutions to “real world” ethical issues.
The course will also afford us an opportunity to address some current topics in a number of areas of the law and to dissect them from an ethics and advocacy point of view. For example, we will review areas including ethics and electronic discovery, the lawyer’s duty of disclosure under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, intellectual property disputes, corporate struggles, criminal defense, tax controversies, and real estate transactions. We will attempt to find common practical grounds which pervade all areas of the law.
There will be an in-class exam.
Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
"The Law Governing Lawyers: Model Rules, Restatement, and Other Sources of Law" by Susan R. Martyn, Lawrence J. Fox and W. Bradley Wendel