Professionalism in Action Program
UM Law and the State Bar of Michigan present the "Professionalism in Action" program for first-year students in early January each year. The goal of the program is to help students who are near the beginning of their law school careers begin developing a firm understanding of the importance of ethics, professionalism and civility (The Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.)
In meetings with groups of 18-20 students, volunteer lawyers and judges from throughout southeast Michigan work through a series of hypothetical problems on these topics. (You can read the hypotheticals used in these discussions here.)
The program is required for first-year students. Students who cannot participate due to an irreconcilable conflict are required to submit an essay of 750-1000 words reflecting upon any one of the three hypothetical problems.
We are confident that students will find substantial value in the discussions about “real life” situations during these sessions and expect that they will also benefit from the opportunity to network with members of the Michigan's bench and bar during the reception, which immediately follows in the Aikens Commons. The Professionalism in Action program can be seen here.
After participating in the program, students who are interested in seeing examples of how attorneys who engaged in misconduct were actually disciplined may wish to read recent orders and opinions of Michigan's Attorney Discipline Board.