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Regulations and Ethics of Lawyers

Taught by Professor Blum

This course considers the legal obligations, ethical expectations, and
professionalism standards applicable to attorneys in both their professional
and personal capacities. We examine an attorney’s professional conduct
requirements in relation to clients, other attorneys, the courts, the legal
system, and the broader community.  The course focuses on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the manner in which the regulation of the legal profession is judicially interpreted. We will examine the rules, case law, and specific ethical problems and dilemmas. Although discussion of general ethical and philosophical values are integrated into the course, the focus of the course is on the practical operation of the rules of professional conduct.

This is a graded course that satisfies the professionalism requirement.
Evaluation will be by an unscheduled final exam. 

In accordance with ABA accreditation standards and the law school’s requirements, students are required to attend classes regularly and to prepare for classes conscientiously. The means of enforcing this requirement, as well as class policies on podcasts and the use of electronic devices in class will be announced in the initial class syllabus.

 

Taught by Professor Johansen

This course considers the legal obligations and ethical expectations of an attorney in not only a professional capacity but also on a non-professional, personal level. Examined are the professional conduct requirements relative to an attorney’s relationship with clients, other attorneys, the legal system and even the community at large. While certainly many of the issues considered are rooted in ethical philosophy, there should be no confusion that this is a jurisprudential theory course. The content focuses on the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and how this regulatory scheme is being judicially interpreted.

The application of these rules are analyzed through problem situations using cases, readings, videos and guest commentators. This is a graded course. Students will be assessed based on a series of short assignments

This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

 

Taught by Professor Elkanich:

This course considers the ethical expectations and professionalism standards applicable to attorneys in their professional capacity, but also as applied to their personal life as well. We will examine how a lawyer can, should and does, act in relation to clients, other attorneys, the courts, the legal system, and the broader community. Although moral and ethical dilemmas are (regularly) posed and considered, this course is designed to be practical and to encourage application of the ethical rules governing lawyer conduct to real-life situations. To do so, the course will focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the manner in which the regulation of the legal profession is judicially interpreted. We will also briefly look at how the ABA Model Rules are adopted by different jurisdictions and will study those differences in the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct.

Students will be assessed through class participation, a series of short assignments, and a final examination. This is a graded course.

This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

Summer ONLY

This course considers the ethical obligations and professional expectations of attorneys in not only a professional capacity but also on a non-professional, personal level. Examined are the professional conduct requirements relative to an attorney?s relationship with clients, other attorneys, the legal system and even the community at large. While certainly many of the issues considered are rooted in ethical philosophy, there should be no confusion that this is a jurisprudential theory course. A major goal of the class is to prepare students for the analysis and discussion of real world ethical problems they will face in practice.

The summer course consists of two major components: a thorough review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the application of those rules to challenging contexts of legal practice. In addition to a final exam the class will include student presentations incorporating application of the ethics rules.

*This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

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