Maslanka, Kagan, and Dao's Experiencing Professional Responsibility

West Academic Publishing
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Professional Resp/Ethics
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Experiencing Professional Responsibility melds the traditional rigor of a casebook with the needs and expectations of a new generation of law students. It takes a student through PR as the student will actually experience it as a lawyer—starting with the formation of the attorney client relationship, client counseling considerations, and the ethical issues arising in the litigation/trial process, both civil and criminal. A separate chapter is devoted to the lawyer as a transactional advocate. Woven throughout the book are ethical issues arising when the lawyer’s duties as a zealous advocate are in tension with the lawyer’s equally important duties as an officer of the court. The realities of practicing law in a multiracial and multicultural America are highlighted in several chapters.

This book contains several features unique to the West Academic Publishing Experiencing Law Series:
  • X-Ray Questions before every case orienting the student to critical legal issues.
  • Beyond the Cite provides texture to the realities of law practice with contemporary illustrations of how lawyers engage in practice—unjustly convicted defendants, technical mishaps, or unsavory litigation/trial tactics, and much more.
  • Deconstruction Exercise/Rule Rationale is a deconstruction of a rule’s text and purpose. Each chapter culminates in a formative assessment utilizing MPRE type multiple choice questions.

All features are used with a singular purpose; to create an integrated and holistic understanding of the realities of PR.

The last chapter “Experiencing PR: Up Close and in Person” focuses on new lawyers and their personal PR concerns—dealing with ethically questionable instructions by superiors, racism and sexism in the profession, imposter syndrome, maintaining an ethical orientation in a profession full of temptation and other matters of import to them. A fresh approach to PR for students and for their instructors who guide them through this critical area of their professional lives.