Professional Responsibility: Ethics for Litigators

Law 266L






The course examines a range of issues involving the ethics of the legal profession as applied in the context of litigation. Both criminal and civil cases will be considered. There will be coverage of pre-trial, trial and appellate issues. Topics will include duties of candor in discovery and at trial; presentation of false evidence; civility in the courtroom, frivolous litigation, motions or appeals and conflicts of interest in litigated matters. The issues will be explored from both a practical and a theoretical perspective. There will also be some opportunity to compare different types of litigation practice and the impact of various practice fields on professional and lifestyle choices. Ten or eleven class sessions will have guest lawyers as participants. Sessions will explore the following topics with the lawyers, all of whom will be litigators: What do they do in their practice? How did they get into that practice: Are they happy in their practice? What ethical questions do they face on a regular basis? How have they resolved ethical dilemmas?


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