Ethics in Family Law

Access to Justice

Ethics in Criminal Advocacy

This seminar is an exploration of the roles, rules and best practices for prosecutors and defense lawyers in state and federal criminal justice systems. We examine the difference between the role of criminal defense lawyer and prosecutor in our adversarial system and how those differences translate into different ethical obligations. This course explores a wide range of sources that enforce professional standards for prosecutors and defense lawyers. Prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers will join the seminar for selected class discussions.

Ethics in Litigation

Examines a broad range of ethical rules and principles which govern the conduct of attorneys in civil litigation. Among the topics to be addressed will be the ethical limits to witness preparation; how attorneys should deal with questionable and possibly false evidence; the limits on acquiring evidence; the ethical limits imbedded in the negotiation and settlement process; conflicts of interest issues in the litigation process; how the ethics rules govern attorney fee issues; and the interplay between the separate codes of ethics for lawyers and judges.

Ethics for the Business Attorney

This is an interactive two-credit course which explores the practical application of the law governing lawyers. The course will expose the student to a wide range of ethical issues confronting the business or corporate attorney. The course will focus on the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, with special emphasis on confidentiality, conflicts, the attorney-client privilege as well as the impact of social media websites. With the large number of high profile corporate scandals, the enactment and enforcement of Sarbanes-Oxley §307 and the underlying Rules adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission, it is important that practicing attorneys understand the unique issues, challenges, and conflicts facing the business attorney. This course satisfies the professional responsibility requirement.  There is no prerequisite for this course.

Professional Responsibility

This course is a simulation-based exploration of the law governing lawyers. This includes the organization and operation of the legal profession, and the obligations of lawyers to their clients, to third parties and to society. The course seeks to provide a broad examination of the rules that guide the profession while examining these rules in the context of moral and philosophical concerns. The course combines traditional teaching methodology with simulations. The simulations are conducted in conjunction with practicing lawyers and judges who are Teaching Fellows for the Jacob Burns Ethics Center. This course focuses upon ethical issues that arise in civil litigation and transactions.