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210 sec. 001 - Legal Profession (Spring 2022)
Instructor: Merri Baldwin (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Amy L Bomse
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 100
From January 13, 2022
To April 22, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31470
Enroll Limit: 63
As of: 05/21 11:48 PM
This course will explore the ethical issues facing all lawyers in the practice of law. We will focus on the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct as well as ethics opinions, statutes, regulations and relevant case law, with some consideration of California ethics rules on select issues. The course’s aim is to provide students the tools to identify and analyze ethical questions from a practical perspective. We will utilize real and hypothetical case studies to contextualize the various rules and learn a process for facing ethical dilemmas. This course is interactive and requires participation in the form of class discussion and small-group exercises. For this reason, attendance is required. Ten percent of the final grade will be determined by class participation. The class will include some discussion of the MPRE, and practice multiple-choice questions, although it is not an MPRE prep course.
Merri A. Baldwin is a shareholder at the San Francisco law firm of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell where she represents attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice, discipline and risk management issues. She is a member of the California Lawyers Association Legal Ethics Committee and the past chair of the California State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC).
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
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