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Legal Ethics (LAW-550-009)
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An examination of the ethical obligations of the lawyer, including a detailed analysis of the Model Code of Professional Responsibility and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Required Text: Regulation of Lawyers, Problems of Law and Ethics, Stephen Gillers, 9th Edition. Additional Materials: We expect you to bring to each class some form of the current ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Comments, though no specific one is required. FYI, we ourselves are using Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards, Concise Edition 2014, Gillers, Simon & Perlman, 25th Edition. This volume contains useful references to current state differences in disciplinary systems, and trends in the development of lawyer regulation around the country.
First Class Readings
ABA Model Rules: Table of Contents (really; read it over!) Preamble 2.1 Advisor 2.4 Lawyer Serving as Third Party Neutral 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service Gillers: xi – xxiii Table of Contents xxv – xxvii Preface 1-18 Where do Ethics come from? Who makes the Rules? How did we get here? 70-71 Key duties: fiduciary, loyalty, diligence 667-669 Tante v. Herring (and notes up until 2.) – scope of fiduciary duty 169-172 Pro Bono work: what do lawyers owe to the public and the system?
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