Professional Responsibility: Advocacy and Ethics in Practice is a two-credit course in which through simulation involving interaction with clients, fact-finding, negotiation, and litigation, students will learn how ethical and values dilemmas arise in advocacy and practice settings and how ethical rules and other forms of regulation address them. During the semester, simulation exercises may include:
- A court sanctions hearing relating to alleged abuses in civil discovery;
- A simulation of interactions with a client and opposing counsel during a difficult contract negotiation
- An internal law firm investigation of alleged associate and partner abuses in billing;
- A disciplinary hearing relating to in-house counsel’s alleged complicity in his company’s fraudulent misconduct; and
- A meeting with a virtual law firm client in which advice is given on how to avoid unauthorized practice of law and marketing restriction in a multi-jurisdiction practice.
- Knowledge about professional responsibility requirements and ambiguity.
- Ability to engage in critical strategic thinking when analyzing professional responsibility issues
- Ability to develop and sharpen creative problem-solving skills
- Ability to work collaboratively on matters assigned to a team
- Ability to engage in effective and persuasive oral and written advocacy