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  • 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
Fall 2015
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Readings in National Security

This course is a one-credit, pass-fail seminar that will meet at least six times over the course of the 2015-2016 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. on August 30th, September 20th, November 8th, and November 22nd (movie shown at the Law School). The two spring meetings will be January 31st and March 6th.

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