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Joseph Alesia : Courses and Seminars

Ethical Quandaries in Legal Practice
LAWS 41017
Given 24-hour news cycles, macro-economic pressures facing many law firms, government entities and corporations, and the proliferation of social media, the practice of law is under increasingly intense scrutiny from clients, the public, the judiciary, governments, 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 attorneys face on a daily basis, we will study the challenges, pitfalls, consequences and opportunities associated with the ethical practice of law. Additionally, we will examine the tension caused by attorneys' competing interests in: exercising independent judgment, serving as officers of the court, providing zealous advocacy and earning a living. Seasoned attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel and the judiciary will join portions of the seminar to discuss real world scenarios and provide insight into how attorneys can successfully navigate through today's ethical minefields. The grade assessment is: 30% class participation, 30% based on a research paper, 30% on a take-home final exam, and 10% on reaction papers.
Spring 2016
Joseph Alesia, Sharon Fairley