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Earthrise Ethics I

NOTE: There are 5 choices to fulfill the Ethics requirement and no student may take more than one Ethics class from among LAW-132, LAW-150 and LAW-151 (must take both), LAW-152, LAW-153, and LAW-154 without prior approval of John Parry or Libby Davis.

This course is actually two consecutive courses that will meet once a week for an hour during the fall and spring semesters. This course will earn 1 credit per semester. This course satisfies the J.D. Professionalism Requirement. This course is only open to students who are concurrently enrolled in Environmental Clinic: Earthrise. This course is not open to students who have taken another professional responsibility course that satisfies the Professionalism Requirement. Evaluation will be by end of semester examinations in fall and spring and class participation. 

This is a two-part course about the law and ethics of lawyering, with particular emphases on public interest lawyering and environmental litigation. During the first semester, the course will survey the laws, disciplinary rules and principles governing the practice of lawyers and the organization of the legal profession. Topics include the allocation of regulatory authority over the legal profession, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, attorney duties, and judicial conduct.  During the second semester, the course will develop a theoretical frame for examination of ethical duties and conduct, and challenge students to apply the rules they have learned to situations likely to arise in public interest law and environmental litigation.


Earthrise Ethics 1:

This 1 credit course requires concurrent enrollment in Environmental Clinic: Earthrise, and enrollment in Earthrise Ethics II for the Spring. This course will focus on the Annotated American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct,  the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, the ABA Canons of Professional Ethics, selected provisions of the Restatement of the Law (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers, the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, and the federal rules of judicial conduct.