Area of Study & Practice
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Readings in Ethics
This discussion course centers around readings that, implicitly or explicitly, draw connections between the practice of law, the experience of being a lawyer, the substance of the law, and ethics (including not only professional responsibility but issues of moral commitment and action more generally). Each section of the course is expected to have a different specific focus, and different readings, but will center on the general topics of professionalism and ethics. This is a year-long course. Instructor: Law Faculty
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.
Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. USAF (Ret.)
Readings in Ethics 611A.01
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Ethical Issues in National Security
This course is a one-credit, pass-fail seminar that will meet at least six times over the course of the 2013-2014 academic year. The course is will introduce some of the issues confronting young lawyers as they try to navigate today's national security environment either as an attorney practicing in government, as a member of a law firm, or as a counsel for a corporation or non-governmental organization. We will consider, for example, how the existing rules of professional conduct may apply in the national security law setting, as well as examine specific cases of problematic behavior by lawyers. We will also address the practical issues of dealing with clients in very high-stress situations, as well as the ‘work-life’ balance in this area of practice. Readings will include various case studies, law journal articles, and other relevant material. A film will also be part of the curriculum. The instructor may augment his own experience with guest discussants. The four fall meetings will be on Sundays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The dates (tentatively) are Sept 15th, Sept 29th, Oct 27th, and Nov 10th.