This course aims to provide a practical, and practice-oriented (as opposed to academic, philosophical or jurisprudential), approach to the ethical, moral and social issues that lawyers deal with, in practicing their profession. Although the course focuses primarily on ethical issues -- and the codes and other authority used to resolve such issues -- it will pay some attention to putting those questions in practice contexts that afford both a view of the legal profession in society and a more earth-bound understanding of the disciplinary processes for enforcing the professional responsibilities of lawyers.
To prepare students to:
- recognize ethical problems when they arise;
- identify the pertinent authority -- particularly the ethical code provisions (based on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct) -- most likely to bear on the matter; and
- arrive at a sound resolution, within the boundaries set by the Rules.
These objectives also require considering the ways in which the ethical codes address competing interests of clients, opposing parties, non-parties, the system of justice generally, and lawyers themselves.