Welcome!

Welcome to our community of professional responsibility teachers!  This web site provides teaching resources, ranging from syllabi and powerpoints to real time updates and videos.  The web site accompanies our casebook Professional Responsibility:  A Contemporary Approach (3d ed. 2017).   The Casebook uses the problem method and offers learning outcomes, multiple choice assessment questions, role plays and simulations, and an interactive online version that includes short audio lectures.  Please feel free to share your ideas and resources with our community of adopters.

We look forward to getting to know you and working with you and our fellow adopters.

The Authors (Bruce A. Green, Peter A. Joy, Sung Hui Kim, Renee Newman Knake, Ellen Murphy, Russell G. Pearce & Laurel S. Terry)

Section on Professional Responsibility AALS Annual Meeting Events in San Diego Jan. 6, 2018

On behalf of the Executive Committee for the Section on Professional Responsibility, I am writing to remind you about the fabulous day of events planned for the AALS Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Please note the 11/30 RSVP deadline for lunch. And congratulations to scholars selected from the call for papers for both the plenary session as well as the works-in-progress session. We hope you will join us!

8:30-10:15 PR Section Plenary Session – The Ethics of Legal Education
Deans Dan Rodriguez (Northwestern Law) and Andy Perlman (Suffolk Law) as well as Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Joan Howarth (Michigan State Law) are confirmed speakers. Two additional panelists were selected from the call for papers: David McGowan, Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law (USD Law) and Brian Tamanaha, John S. Lehmann University Professor (Washington University St. Louis Law).

11:30-1:30 PR Section Lunch and Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of San Diego Law School
A bus will depart the AALS hotel lobby at 11:30AM, with lunch beginning at noon, followed by the annual meeting and presentation of the Zacharias Award. The bus will return to the hotel at 1:30PM. USD Law is generously providing this lunch for our section, but you must RSVP in advance no later than November 30 in order to attend. Please RSVP to Pam Watson: phwatson@law.tamu.edu with “AALS PR Section Lunch RSVP” as the subject.

3:30-5:15 PR Section Works-in-Progress Session
Peter Marchetti (Thurgood Marshall Law), The Need to Regulate For-Profit Law Schools to Prevent Inherent Conflicts of Interest (commentary by Ben Barton—Tennessee Law)
Irene Joe (UC Davis Law), Ethics of Mass Prosecution (commentary by Ellen Yaroshefsky—Hofstra Law)
Veronica Root (Notre Dame Law), Two Paths Forward (commentary by Renee Knake—Houston Law)
Moderator, Ben Edwards (UNLV Law)

Welcome to our 3d Ed and CasebookPlus!

Welcome back; it’s hard for me to believe it’s Fall semester already.  This summer, I taught a fully -asynchronous PR course @ Wake Forest University School of Law using our new 3d edition.

This new edition has several innovative components, for online courses and traditional courses, including multiple choice questions via CasebookPlus that students can take as they study the text, audio mini-lectures on particularly challenging or important content, and learning outcomes tracked to the multiple choice questions – great for formative assessment exercises!

We’ve also included new role-play simulations in each chapter.

Access sample syllabi (including for 2- and 3-credit courses) here, and email us (murphyme@wfu.edu) if you’d like the password to our power point slides for each chapter.

If it’s your first time using CasebookPlus, check out this tutorial.

Welcome!  We look forward to your feedback.

 

Ethics of In-House University Counsel

The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 11, 2017), as well as social media, has been covering the unfolding story relating to the UF General Counsel Jamie Keith.  The saga began with a Title IX investigation which involved UF wide receiver Antonio Colloway, represented by attorneys Huntley Johnson and Amy Osteryoung. The article below focuses on the report of the internal audit conducted by UF, now that Ms. Keith has resigned her post. But this entire case provides an opportunity to explore the role of the in-house counsel, and the multiple ethical duties and challenges faced when working for a large and complex institution. Note also that Ms.Keith threatened to report the attorney who initially complained about her actions to the Florida Bar for discipline.  We will need to keep a watch on this case to see if any bar investigation or discipline results for any of the attorneys involved.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Public-Records-Appear-to-Have/240908?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest

 

Section on Professional Responsibility AALS Annual Meeting Events in San Diego Jan. 6, 2018

On behalf of the Executive Committee for the Section on Professional Responsibility, I write to share with you a fabulous day of events planned for the AALS Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Please plan to join us.

8:30-10:15 PR Section Plenary Session – The Ethics of Legal Education
Deans Dan Rodriguez (Northwestern Law) and Andy Perlman (Suffolk Law) as well as Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Joan Howarth (Michigan State Law) are confirmed speakers, and others will be selected from a call for papers. Proposals are due August 15–details here.

11:30-1:30 PR Section Lunch and Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of San Diego Law School
A bus will depart the AALS hotel lobby at 11:30AM, with lunch beginning at noon, followed by the annual meeting and presentation of the Zacharias Award. The bus will return to the hotel at 1:30PM. USD Law is generously providing this lunch for our section, but you must RSVP in advance no later than November 30 in order to attend.
Please RSVP to Pam Watson: phwatson@law.tamu.edu with “AALS PR Section Lunch RSVP” as the subject.

3:30-5:15 PR Section Works-in-Progress Session

Proposals are due September 30–details here.
Proposals are due September 30–details here.

Florida Contemplates Fee Sharing with Out of State NonLawyers | Legal Ethics in Motion

Source: Florida Contemplates Fee Sharing with Out of State NonLawyers | Legal Ethics in Motion

Florida Contemplates Fee Sharing with Out of State NonLawyers

A proposed advisory opinion by The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee addresses fee-splitting with out-of-state lawyers when the out-of-state lawyer practices in a law firm with nonlawyer ownership. In the opinion, the committee states that a Florida Bar member should not be subject to discipline simply because a nonlawyer owner of an out-of-state law firm could receive a portion of the legal fees.

Partnerships with out-of-state lawyers are hardly new, but tensions between Florida’s Rules of Professional Conduct, and the organization and ownership of out-of-state-firms led the Florida Bar to clarify the matter.

Under Florida Rule of Professional Conduct 4-5.4, lawyers are prohibited from partnering or sharing legal fees with a nonlawyer. However, some U.S. jurisdictions—Washington, D.C. and Washington state—permit nonlawyer ownership of law firms.

The Florida Bar proposed advisory opinion follows in the footsteps of ABA Formal Opinion 464, and several other jurisdictions, in deciding that nonlawyer ownership of law firms in jurisdictions where permissible should not cause collaborating Florida lawyers to violate the prohibition against fee sharing set forth in Rule 4-5.4.

The underlying policy of Rule 4-5.4  concerns the improper influence of a nonlawyer may on a  lawyer’s professional judgment. However in the scenario analyzed in the proposed opinion, Florida Bar committee believes that a lawyer’s professional independence is not at risk simply because a nonlawyer owner receives a portion of an out-of-state lawyer’s fees.

Ultimately, the proposed opinion encourages attorneys to work with out-of-state lawyers despite differences in ownership structure, and allows clients to maintain flexibility in choosing counsel from other jurisdictions.

To read the proposed opinion please click here.