Assignment for the 1st week is as follows:
Please read the items below in Chapters 1 and 2 of the text and pages 1-10 in the 2012 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility. We will discuss problems 1, 2 & 3.
The Legal Profession: Background, Fundamental Issues & Regulation
Unit 1: The sociology of professions, The state of American legal profession today, Development of the legal profession; Development of professional conduct standards. Achieving Justice for the Innocent Client; Prob 1: Admissions to the Bar – Character & fitness for admission to the bar; Candor in the bar application process; Educational & knowledge standards for bar admission; Other attempts at state & federal limits on bar admission (**OMIT Pages 16-24)
Unit 2: Prob. 2: Lawyer Discipline & The Disabled Lawyer – Conduct that may subject lawyer to professional discipline; Aggravating & mitigating factors in discipline cases, problems of alcohol & drug abuse; Interstate discipline; jurisdictions that may sanction & the law they apply; Duty to report another lawyer’s misconduct, the discipline process; Prob. 3: Regulating Lawyers Outside of the Formal Disciplinary Process – Standard of care & conduct in a malpractice action; Proving a malpractice case; Malpractice remedies; Advance waivers of a lawyer’s malpractice.