SMNR: Advanced Topics in Professional Responsibility

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THU 2:15 - 4:05 pm TNH 3.115

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This writing seminar considers advanced topics in professional responsibility, meaning the law governing lawyers such as lawyer disciplinary rules and procedures as well as other topics regarding lawyer conduct and liability.    Completing a writing seminar is required for graduation.  A writing seminar serves several purposes. First, a writing seminar develops your advanced research and analytical writing skills. Second, when you present your paper for discussion and discuss other student’s papers, a writing seminar strengthens your oral presentation skills. Third, a writing seminar allows you to work closely with a faculty member and in a small student group. Half your grade will be based on your research paper and half on your oral presentation and class participation.  For class, a copy of Martyn, Fox, & Wendel, The Law Governing Lawyers (2021-2022 Edition), will be useful.   

Professor McCown will help each student pick a topic and develop a thesis; the student will make an oral presentation of their draft paper; then the student will prepare a final draft based on feedback.  Having already taken PR will be helpful. 

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

The Law Governing Lawyers : Model Rules, Standards, Statutes, and State Lawyer Rules of Professional Conduct, 2021-2022 *
Martyn, Susan R., Fox, Lawrence J., and Wendel, W. Bradley
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 978-1-5438-4151-0


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