Professional Responsibility

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Basis for Attorney Discipline

This lesson reviews the standards for discipline and the interpretive case law by examining a series of cases in which considering whether the conduct alleged falls under the definition of misconduct (using Model Rule 8.4). Some procedural and constitutional aspects of discipline are examined as well. The lesson can be used as preparation, review or substitution for class coverage of this topic.

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Client Advice Letters - Ethical and Professional Considerations

This CALI lesson will introduce you to the ethical considerations associated with writing client advice letters. The lesson is intended for a first year law student currently taking a legal writing course. No previous knowledge of ethics is presumed.

A series of explanations and questions will guide you through a basic introduction to the regulation of attorney conduct. You will then examine how ethical considerations influence the lawyering skills associated with the preparation of advice letters.

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Client or Not?

This lesson reviews problems in client identification. The lesson is in the form of a game show CLIENT OR NOT?! in which students are presented with an individual who is claiming to be a client. The student may choose the type of liability/responsibility they wish to risk in giving their answer (Competence, Confidentiality or Conflict of Interest). They then will be asked under the circumstances raising that issue whether the individual is a client. Students may proceed through the entire lesson reviewing client identification under one or all of these three issues.

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The Defense Function

The student plays the role of a lawyer in a hypothetical criminal trial. As the trial progresses the student is faced with various problems raising issues under the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice. The lesson asks what should be done in each situation and responds to the student’s answer by commenting upon it, asking further questions, or progressing further with the trial.

This lesson was revised in accordance with the Model Rules of Conduct, as amended through August 2003.

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Email Correspondence: Ethical and Professional Considerations

This is one in a series of lessons directed at the ethical and professional considerations associated with the production of particular lawyering documents. This lesson is intended to introduce first year law students to the ethical and professional considerations associated with email correspondence in law practice. No prior instruction in professional responsibility is required.

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Exceptions to the Ethical Duty of Confidentiality Designed to Protect Third Persons from Harm

This lesson explores the exceptions to an attorney's ethical duty of confidentiality that are designed to protect third persons from death, injury or financial loss. The lesson examines these exceptions as expressed by the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct and notes some of the variations on these rules found among the states.

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This lesson reviews an attorney's responsibilities when setting, sharing and collecting fees. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to identify how much, by what method, and under what circumstances they can charge fees from clients, share fees with others, and take actions to collect fees.

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Model Rules of Professional Conduct I: Preliminary Drill

This is an introduction to the black-letter rules of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It is a linear question-and-answer drill. Students are asked short questions and given immediate feedback. This drill is intended to serve as preparation for the level II exercise, Questions and Problems, described below. (This exercise is a new exercise that is completely different from the drill exercise offered in previous years. The earlier drill exercise has been revised and is being offered as the Questions and Problems exercise, below.)

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Model Rules of Professional Conduct II: Questions and Problems

This lesson presents students with hypothetical factual situations and asks whether certain conduct would violate the Code. The is a branching tutorial and includes follow-up questions, dialogue, and new questions based upon changes in the original hypotheticals. The Preliminary Drill exercise, above, is intended to serve as preparation for this exercise, though students could also prepare for it by reading the Model Rules and taking notes. Students should have a copy of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct with them when doing this lesson.