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Ethical Quandaries in Legal Practice
With the advent of 24-hour news cycles and the proliferation of social media communications, the practice of law, like many professions, is under intense scrutiny from clients, the judiciary, regulators and peers. The attendant risk to the reputations of practicing attorneys is much higher than it has ever been.
This seminar will satisfy the professional responsibility/ethics graduation requirement. Through analysis of ethical issues that lawyers operating in the public and private sector face on a daily basis, we will study the challenges, pitfalls, consequences and opportunities associated with the ethical practice of law. Pending confirmation, seasoned attorneys with public sector experience, private practitioners and members of the judiciary will, at times, join portions of the seminar to discuss real world scenarios and provide insight into how attorneys can successfully navigate through ethical minefields.
Mark E. Schneider, Joseph Alesia
Professional Responsibility in the Real World
This course, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, addresses real world ethical issues and challenges facing attorneys in private practice and public service. The instructors, members of a major international law firm, will make the rules governing the professional responsibilities of lawyers come alive by discussing a number of examples taken from the headlines and daily practice. Along the way, the instructors will give meaningful insight into what it is like to practice law in a broad range of practice areas, including transactions, litigation and public service. Class attendance and participation will be an essential aspect of this course.
The student's grade will be based on class participation, a substantial series of short take-home exercises and a final, take-home examination.
Michael Sweeney, James E. Clark, Teresa Wilton Harmon