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The Fourth Edition of this popular text continues the tradition of using problems to help students identify professional responsibility issues, then providing references to the relevant Model Rules and excerpts from reported cases, ethics committee opinions, law review and bar journal articles, and other secondary sources. The approach is comprehensive, with discussions of all of the Model Rules and most of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, including new provisions of both sets of rules adopted since the Third Edition of the text. The text is still a reasonable size (600 pages), allowing instructors to cover the entire book in a three hour class. The Teacher’s Manual and website provide instructors with lecture outlines, PowerPoint slides, a sample syllabus, and even sample quiz and final examination questions, so this is not just a textbook, but also a complete “course kit” for Professional Responsibility instructors.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 10/25/2012


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2009 changes to Model Rule 1.8 allowing screening and notice as a “cure” to imputation of some conflicts of interest arising from work done by a law firm lawyer at a previous law firm

2006 amendment of Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 2008 adoption of Rule 502 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, concerning inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privilege and work product protection

2008 additions to Model Rule 3.8 requiring prosecutors to take action to cure wrongful convictions

2008 comprehensive revisions to the Model Code of Judicial Conduct

Significant U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning disqualification of judges due to campaign contributions and ineffective assistance of counsel in criminal cases

Addition of a discussion of balancing the demands of a legal career against family and other concerns and balancing one’s duties as an attorney against one’s morality and ethics as a human being

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