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In addition to the 12th edition, the authors now offer a Concise Version. Continuing the tradition that has made Morgan, Rotunda, and Dzienkowski’s Problems & Materials on Professional Responsibility a leader in its field, this concise version of the casebook uses problems to provide an overview of lawyers' professional responsibility. This condensed edition covers these topics in an abbreviated format. The concise coursebook is based on the 12th edition of Problems & Materials on Professional Responsibility, which has been the most widely-used Professional Responsibility coursebook and the leader in its field since its first edition in 1976, over 35 years ago. It is designed for 2 hour classes and for seminars in legal ethics.

As the law has evolved, so has the 12th edition. Yet, some schools and professors would like to offer a shorter course than the 12th edition anticipates. This abridged edition fits the bill. The authors have carefully designed it to be familiar to long time users, and accessible to new adopters. It focuses on the major issues of law governing the practice of law and the law of judicial disqualification, while shortening the volume of material and focusing on only the most essential topics. It continues its tradition of offering the most usable and up-to-date course materials to teach legal ethics and the law governing the practice of law. Students using this book will learn what they need to pass the state bar exam on Professional Responsibility yet also be introduced to the larger topics that the 12th edition covers more thoroughly. A comprehensive teacher's manual is available as well.

Imprint: Foundation Press
Series: University Casebook Series
Publication Date: 06/26/2014


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Since the last edition, published in 2011, the law has changed considerably. There have been:

  • substantial changes in the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct adopted from the proposals of the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission. Such changes include modifications to the confidentiality rules, the rules governing outsourcing, the choice of law regarding which professional responsibility rule to use, and provisions addressing contact with prospective clients.
  • a complete update reflecting the significant changes in the legal profession that have affected law firms, lawyers, and law students.
  • a substantial revision of the material dealing with advertising and solicitation.
  • new court decisions and ethics opinions — in particular, dealing with conflicts of interest, imputed disqualifications, and ethics related to the internet, chat rooms, electronic discovery, etc.

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