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Professional Responsibility
#6600

Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

Examination of the role and function of the legal profession in our society and the principles, standards and rules governing ethics of the profession and their enforcement.

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Sections

Spring 2015: Professional Responsibility

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  • Adjunct Professor David A Schultz

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

Documents and Readings:

Summer 2014: Professional Responsibility

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  • Adjunct Professor David Schultz

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

This class examines the ethical issues attorneys confront in diverse areas of practice. There are two primary questions for this course. First, what are (minimal) ethical expectations attorneys face from the point of view of the law, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and from state bar regulation? Second, why do good attorneys and law firms do bad things? However, the class will explore even a broader set of ethical questions including how attorney ethics are defined, depicted in pop culture, and what type of conduct lawyers should aspire to in their practice. The course will also explore the relationships among personal values, the law, and the rules of lawyering, seeking to ascertain strategies regarding how to reconcile them.

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Spring 2014: Professional Responsibility

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  • Adjunct Professor David A Schultz

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Summer 2013: Professional Responsibility

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  • Adjunct Professor David Schultz

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

Documents and Readings:

Spring 2013: Professional Responsibility

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  • Adjunct Professor David Schultz (URL)

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

Documents and Readings:

Professional Responsibility - Government
#6600

Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

Professional Responsibility of the Government Lawyer:

This course is a survey of rules of professional responsibility for lawyers with an emphasis on the rules that apply to lawyers working for the government. Issues covered include client conflicts for lawyers moving in and out of government, who is the client of a lawyer representing a government agency, the ethics of opinion writing for the Department of Justice and other government agencies, ethics rules for prosecutors, ethics rules and other regulations pertaining to political activity by government employees (the Hatch Act), federal conflict of interest rules for current and former government employees, federal gift rules, federal financial disclosure rules, ethics rules for judges and a brief survey of developments under state ethics law.

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Sections

Fall 2013: Professional Responsibility - Government

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=163516

Details:

(see course description, above)

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Fall 2012: Professional Responsibility - Government

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=142596

Details:

For the first day students in the Professional Responsibility Government course should read Chapter 1 of my book Getting the Government America Deserves.

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Professional Responsibility - Business
#6600

Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

Professional Responsibility for the Business Lawyer:

This course is a survey of rules of professional responsibility for lawyers with an emphasis on the rules that apply to lawyers in corporate and transactionsal practice. Issues covered include client conflicts, representing close corporations and partnerships, representing venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in start ups, taking stock in lieu of legal fees, representing public companies, Securities Exchange Commission rules of professional responsibility for lawyers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, representing banks and other regulated companies, the role of in-house counsel, the responsibility of lawyers for client conduct and malpractice liability for business lawyers.

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Sections

Fall 2013: Professional Responsibility - Business

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=163515

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Fall 2012: Professional Responsibility - Business

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=142595

Details:

For the first day students in the Professional Responsibility Business course should read pages 1-19 of the casebook.

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Professional Responsibility - Civil Trial Lawyer
#6600

Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

This course will begin with foundational topics: the nature of legal ethics, the attorney-client relationship, the authorities governing legal ethics, especially the Rules of Professional Conduct. The main focus of this course will be applications of the Rules to civil litigation. The main structure will follow the order of civil litigation: client intake, conflict analysis and checking, confidentiality, investigation, pleading, discovery, trial, appeal, negotiations and settlement. The main readings will be from a new, online treatise, William J. Wernz, Minnesota Legal Ethics. Readings will also include cases and diverse ethics materials, e.g. disqualification motions, law firm ethics policies and procedures, conflict waivers, disciplines, and engagement letters.

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Sections

Fall 2014: Professional Responsibility - Civil Trial Lawyer

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  • Adjunct Professor Martin A Cole

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Spring 2014: Professional Responsibility - Civil Trial Lawyer

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  • Adjunct Professor Martin A Cole

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Fall 2012: Professional Responsibility - Civil Trial Lawyer

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  • Adjunct Professor William Wernz (URL)

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=141028

Details:

(see course description, above)

Documents and Readings:

Professional Responsibility - Criminal Law Ethics
#6600

Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

The basic text for the course is Understanding Lawyers' Ethics by Monroe Freedman and Abbe Smith. Other readings will be assigned. We will study the ethical dilemmas of the prosecution, defense, and judge in a criminal case. We will address the limits on the lawyer's duty of zealous representation in our adversary system. Must you be the devil's advocate? Must you take advantage of an adversary's mistake, especially if you are the prosecutor? We will address client confidentiality. Must the defense lawyer who learns of the location of critical evidence divulge it to the prosecutor or court? We will address perjury and the search for the truth, the coaching of witnesses, and the ethics of cross examination and closing argument in the criminal case. We will address prosecutors' ethics in the context of the decision to charge a crime, the disclosure of exculpatory evidence to the defense, rewarding cooperation, and the handling of informants, codefendant witnesses, witnesses who have been paid, and other unsavory characters. We will study conflicts of interests for the prosecutor and defense lawyer. We will study the ethics of plea bargaining from the perspective of prosecution and defense. We will discuss the need for the impartial judge, the role of the judge in the criminal case, and the ethics of sentencing.
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Sections

Fall 2014: Professional Responsibility - Criminal Law Ethics

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  • Adjunct Professor Jon Hopeman

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Senior Writing?

Yes - with instructor permission

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Fall 2013: Professional Responsibility - Criminal Law Ethics

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  • Professor Jon Hopeman

Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

lawschool.westlaw.com... courseid=161870

Details:

(see course description, above)

Documents and Readings:

Spring 2013: Professional Responsibility-Criminal Law Ethics

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  • Adjunct Professor Jon Hopeman (URL)

Type

Same as Course

Credits

3

Student Year

Same as Course

Details:

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Documents and Readings: