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Modern Litigation And Professional Responsibility Handbook

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Find practical answers to hard questions about professional conduct — and avoid wrong answers that could set back your firm — with this authoritative guide to legal ethics. Drawing on statutes, standards, and actual cases, the authors show you how to:

• Evaluate tactics for possible ethical consequences
• Understand and comply with statutes, procedural rules, and standards of professional conduct while zealously representing your client
• Prevent your opponents from turning the ...

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Overview

Find practical answers to hard questions about professional conduct — and avoid wrong answers that could set back your firm — with this authoritative guide to legal ethics. Drawing on statutes, standards, and actual cases, the authors show you how to:

• Evaluate tactics for possible ethical consequences
• Understand and comply with statutes, procedural rules, and standards of professional conduct while zealously representing your client
• Prevent your opponents from turning the rules to their own advantage

You'll find concise, authoritative discussion of ethical problems that arise in such critical areas as:

• Investigation of claims
• Abuse of discovery
• Conflicts of interest
• Burdensome interrogatories
• Trial in the media
• Voir dire and juror investigation
• Deposition tactics
• Special fee arrangements
• Settlement negotiations
• Withdrawal and client confidentiality
• Arguing false inferences based on inadmissible evidence, plus detailed attention to the special problems that arise in criminal defense, insurance defense, and class actions.

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This handbook is designed to help lawyers in their professional practice as well as to educate jurists, journalists, and educated layreaders about the professional responsibilities of lawyers. The text is organized into sections on proceedings before trial and the trial itself. Another section examines special problems in criminal defense, insurance defense, and class actions. The final section looks at negotiation, settlement, withdrawal, appeal, discipline, the courts, and ethics committees. The second edition includes several new sections, including one on police perjury and one on professional ethics and expert witness testimony. The text has also been updated with references to the most recent drafts of the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Third: The Law Governing Lawyers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735516281
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 10/25/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Proceedings Before Trial
• Commencing Litigation: Ethics and Accountability
• Commencing Litigation: Judicial Sanctions
• Conflicts of Interest
• The Advocate-Witness Problem
• Investigation
• Discovery
• Lawyers, Free Speech, and the Media
• Trial Tactics - Some Opening Moves

Part II: The Trial
• Relations with Jurors
• The Direct Examiner
• The Cross-Examiner
• Closing Argument

Part III: Special Problems
• Special Problems in the Criminal Defense
• Special Problems in Class Action

Part IV: Some Final Matters
• Negotiation and Settlement
• Withdrawal
• Appeal
• Disciplines, the Court, and Ethics Committees

Table of Cases

Bibliography

Index of Errata

Index

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