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Before you select a casebook for your next course in Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility, be sure to examine this strong, new problem-based offering. Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law is an engaging and completely up-to-date teaching tool with a decidedly practical perspective.
The authors combine a compelling, user-friendly writing style with a polished and well-tested pedagogical structure:
• respected authors Lerman and Schrag draw on their broad range of classroom, clinical, research, and policy-making experience
• contemporary approach succinctly covers all essential ethical issues and topics using clear, thorough exposition of ethical standards, succinct examples drawn from recent cases, and challenging problems involving interplay of strategic and ethical concerns
• thoughtful presentation of the full range of ethics topics and issues, including confidentiality, conflicts, and other issues addressed by ethics codes. Also covers other law governing lawyers, such as malpractice, agency and criminal law, disqualification, and wrongful discharge — as well as key contemporary concerns, such as lawyers' public responsibilities
• up-to-date text based on the latest amendments to the rules of professional conduct, along with many problems based on recent cases; addresses such timely issues as billing fraud, laws and rules that limit extending legal services to the poor and middle class, and the impact of billable hour requirements on the quality of lawyers' lives
• more than seventy appealing, detailed problems based on real cases relating to issues that students are likely to encounter in their first few years of practice
• skillful use of cases, with some presented directly (for example, Nix v. Whiteside and Jones v. Barnes), while others, such as Fiandaca and Fisons, appear in the form of contextualized problems and place students in the role of the lawyer who is handling the case
• distinct graphic elements throughout the book reinforce the text. Tables and boxes help students see the relationships among parts of rules or theory; more than eighty pictures and cartoons enliven the discussion
For instructors, the extensive Teacher's Manual simplifies class preparation:
• contains teaching tips, follow-up problems, suggested role-plays, and short writing exercises
• includes detailed analyses of problems in the text, with both pro and con positions and information about the outcomes of the real cases on which the problems are based
• is accompanied by an audio CD, which can be played in class, with readings by the lawyers who participated in the actual cases
Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book.