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, conflicts of
interest, solicitation of clients, civility between lawyers, 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
reflection papers, and one 25-page research paper. PR or RWE credit
awarded (student choice).
Complements other professional responsibility course offerings.