Professional Responsibility Syllabus


Professional Responsibility Syllabus  (Preliminary*)
summer 2013   - updated - July 9, 2013


George W. Conk, Adjunct Professor & Senior Fellow, Stein Center for Law & Ethics, Fordham Law School  
email: gconk@law.fordham.edu   
Office: Room 409 
Phone: 212-636-7446
Cell: 201-264-1177

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:15 PM, Rm. 204
No Class on Thursday June 20

Required materials:
Casebook: Professional Responsibility,  A Contemporary Approach
Pearce, Capra, Green 
(West – First Edition)
Interactive casebook: http://www.interactivecasebook.com (purchasers of hard copy also receive access to the interactive version)

Rules, Standards, Statutes, and Codes: The Law Governing Lawyers, (LGL) Martyn, Fox, Wendel (Wolters Kluwer 2013-2014 Edition)

Blogs:
Otherwise
(syllabus, links to resources, etc.)

ContemporaryProfessionalResponsibiity.com

Assignments

Week 1 
First class: 
Model Rules of Professional Conduct: read black letter rules
Pearce: Chapter 1 Introducing Professionalism and Legal Ethics

Second class:  Pearce: begin Chapter 2 (25-76) The Basic Elements of Law Practice
LGL: Model Rules & comments 1.0 to 1.4; 

Week 2
conclude Chapter 2C. Ending the Lawyer-Client Relation: pp. 77-80, 85-86

D. Competence: pp. 86-92, 96-121
E. Allocating Decision-Making Between Lawyer and Client:: pp.133-171

Weeks 3- 4  
Pearce: Chapter 3 Finding & Billing Clients
A.  Finding Clients:  pp. 173-201, 211-232
         LGL: Model Rules & comments 1.13, 1.14, 1.16, 1.18, 7.1 to 7.6
 B.  Billing Clients:  232-265, 269-279, 291 (skim 279-296, find answer to question on p. 291)
LGL: Model Rule and comments: 1.5


Week 5 
Chapter 4 The Lawyer's Duty of Confidentiality
 Attorney - Client Privilege
Pearce:  ( 297 - 352)
suggested: SWIDLER & BERLIN v. UNITED STATES  (1998) [the Vince Foster case]


Confidentiality under R. 1.6 and the Duty of Corporate Counsel Under Sarbanes Oxley
Pearce: 352  - 386
LGL: Model Rules & comments 1.6
Final Rule - SEC - 17 CFR 205.1 et seq. Implementation of Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys Securities and Exchange Commission

Week 8
Chapter 5: Conflicts of Interest
Tuesday 
Pearce: 387 - 407 
LGL: Model Rules & comments 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.12, 2.4
Thursday
407- 436

Week 9 
Conclude Conflicts
Tuesday
Pearce:  437-486 

Thursday

Conflicts in criminal cases
Pearce: 486-510

Exam: 48 hour take-home (download/upload)
Essay type questions