Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW7605
    Sched. No.: 113820962

Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (SC)
Section 1
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Ross, Michael C.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 1300-1500 (SL284)
Credits:2Type:Lecture - short course
Capacity:19 **This information is current as of 04/15/2014 06:14:50 AM**
Current Enrollment:14 **This information is current as of 04/15/2014 06:14:50 AM**
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Course Description:

This short course meets Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m., September 23-October 8.

In numerous corporate scandals, we have seen otherwise upstanding attorneys, accountants and business executives become defendants in shareholder class actions, targets of civil and criminal investigations and defendants in criminal prosecutions. These often result in substantial financial losses and loss of employment. Avoiding “Club Fed” starts with consistently making sound ethical choices throughout a career. We will discuss recurring situations in which ethical issues arise for attorneys and their clients. Many situations will come from current media reports; others will come from the less publicized dilemmas that often confront young professionals. Our focus will be on law firm practice and business clients. We will consider how people make ethical choices and identify some of the sources for ethical standards in society today. Identifying ethical issues and reaching ethical conclusions is only the beginning. Ethical issues often arise under pressure, and often the prospect of a confrontation dissuades attorneys and business executives from saying or doing something about the ethical problem. The real challenge for many young professionals is finding practical arguments to make and steps to take when confronted with an ethical dilemma. The class discussion will help students understand that they are not alone in facing these problems and that there are practical alternatives to “going along” with conduct that they sense is not right. Each student will pick his or her own topic for the final paper and address ethical issues in a context that is of interest to the student.

NOTE: This course satisfies the professional ethics course requirement for those seeking Virginia third-year practice certification.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is expected
MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE with: Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice, Professional Responsibility
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Paper required


Mutually Exclusive with: Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice; Professional Responsibility
This course is on the professional ethics course list.