This course explores the relationship between social justice
and lawyers’ ethics. We will cover topics relevant to all attorneys—duties of confidentiality and zeal, allocation of decision-making authority between clients and lawyers, conflicts of
interest, solicitation of clients, attorneys’ fees,
and the distribution of attorneys in the United States—but our focus will be
how these topics intersect with lawyers’ social justice commitments. We will
examine theoretical and practical questions, some with particular relevance for
public interest lawyers but all with relevance for students interested in how our profession promotes justice and equality. Grades will be based on class participation, short
papers responding to the readings, and one 25-page research paper. PR or RWE credit
awarded (student choice).
Complements other professional responsibility course offerings. Substance also relates to courses on civil rights, poverty, and critical theory.