This course introduces students to issues of professional responsibility by engaging them in dialogue about the ethical issues that they are encountering, or may encounter, during their clinical experience. Discussion will include topics such as scope of representation, competence, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, representing clients with diminished or otherwise limited capacity, representing organizations and other legal entities, the duty of candor to tribunals, witness perjury, transactional ethics, and pro bono service. The course will provide substantive instruction regarding the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the history and principles of professional responsibility more broadly, enhanced by classroom discussion around the real-world and real-time ethics issues arising in the clinical environment. The course will therefore also provide skills-based instruction around ethical issues, for example working with students to ensure that confidentiality is appropriately preserved in the context of course discussions. Section 001 of the course is offered for one credit hour, although students who wish to do so may switch enrollment to section 002 after the term starts and receive two credit hours by writing a research paper on an ethics subject matter under the guidance of the faculty member teaching the Ethics Colloquium. Current enrollment in a clinic is required.
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