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The Legal Profession

Schedule

This class has 39 scheduled days (denoted below as "Days"). However, per the schedule below, there will be no class on seven days. Students are encouraged to use this time to plan and discuss their group projects. The classroom component is divided into five Parts:

  • Part I. Introduction (Days 1-4)
  • Part II. Core Concepts and Duties of Professional Responsibility (Days 5-11)
  • Part III. Professionalism within Specific Practice Settings (Days 12-27)
  • Part IV. Intensive Case Study of Prosecutor Practice Setting (Days 28-30)
  • Part V. Group Projects and Presentations (Days 31-39)
Part I: Introduction
Day 1, Thursday, January. 15
What is a Profession
Day 2, Tuesday, January. 20
MR 5.5
Stratification and Unauthorized Practice
Day 3, Wednesday, January. 21
MR 1.18
The Nature of the Attorney-Client Relationship
Day 4, Monday, January 26
Group Project Day #1
Attributes of the Successful Professional
Part II: Core Concepts and Duties of Professional Responsibility
Day 5, Tuesday, January 27
MR 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 8.4
The duties of competence, diligence and communication
Day 6, Wednesday, January 28
MR 1.2, 1.16
The nature and extent of a lawyer’s control over the attorney-client relationship; termination of the attorney-client relationship
Day 7, Monday, February 2
MR 1.6
Confidentiality and Privilege I
  • CB 151-96
Day 8, Tuesday, February 3
Confidentiality and Privilege II
Day 9, Wednesday, February 4
MR 1.7, 1.8
Concurrent Conflicts of Interest
Day 10, Monday, February 9
MR 1.9(a)-(c)
Lawyer-Client Conflicts; Successive Conflicts
Day 11, Tuesday, February 10
MR 1.10, 1.9(b)
Imputation of Conflicts
Part III. Professionalism Within Specific Practice Settings
Day 12, Wednesday, February 11
MR. 1.5, 7.2
Small & Solo Firms I: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
Thursday, February 12,
Practice Setting Forum #3
MR 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Plantiffs’ Side Trial Lawyers
Betsy Greene, Greene & Shultz (Bloomington, IN)
Richard Eynon, Eynon Law Group (Columbus, IN)
  • Plaintiffs' Lawyer Ethics Problem [PDF]
  • In re Stephens, 851 N.E.2d 1256 (Ind. 2006) (Stephens I)
  • In re Stephens, 867 N.E.2d 148 (Ind. 2007) (Stephens II)
Day 13, Monday, February 16
MR 1.13, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 8.3
Large Law Firms I (Guest Speaker John Steele, Firm General Counsel, Fish & Richardson, Palo Alto, CA).
Optional journalistic accounts of Qualcomm controversy
Day 14, Tuesday, February 17
MR 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
Solo & Small Firms II
Day 15, Wednesday, February 18
Large Law Firms II
Day 16, Monday, February 23
Group Project Day #2
MR 2.1
Lawyers and Professional Judgment
Readings for the whole class:
  • Charles T. Munger, "24 Causes of Human Misjudgment" (talk given at Harvard Law School, 1995) [MP3]
  • Charles T. Munger, "The Psychology of Human Misjudgment" (1995) (written version of talk; only needed for reference purposes as a supplement to the audio version)
  • Michael Lewis, "The End", National Business News, Nov. 11, 2008.
Useful materials for the groups with this assignment:
Day 17, Tuesday, February 24
Group Project Day #3
MR 6.1(b)
Tort Reform in the State of Midland
Readings for the whole class: Useful readings for groups with this assignment:
Day 18, Wednesday, February 25
MR 1.13
In-House Counsel
Thursday, February 26
Practice Setting Forum #4
In-House Counsel
David Milne, Chief Legal Office, Steak & Shake
Wayne Harris, General Counsel, ACES Power Marketing
  • In-House Lawyer Ethics Problem [PDF]
Day 19, Monday, March 2
MR 1.2(b), 1.7(a)(2), 6.1(a), 6.5
Public Interest I: Introduction to Cause Lawyering & The Lawyer-Client Dyad
Day 20, Tuesday, March 3
MR 2.1
Public Interest II: The Lawyer-Client-Cause Triad
Day 21, Wednesday, March. 4
Group Project Day #4
Readings for class and group assignment
Day 22, Monday, March 9
MR 1.7, 1.12, 2.4
Family Law and Collaborative Lawyering (Guest Speaker Diane Mercer, Peace Talks Mediation Services, Inc., Los Angeles, CA)
Day 23, Tuesday, March 10
Day 24, Wednesday, March 11
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Wednesday, March 11
Practice Setting Forum #5
Trial and Appellate Judges
Chief Judge John G. Baker, Indiana Court of Appeals
Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff, Monroe County Circuit Court
March 16-20
Spring Break
Day 25, Monday, March 23
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Day 26, Tuesday, March 24
The Legal System in India (Guest Speaker C. Raj Kumar, Founding Dean of the Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi India)
Day 27, Wed., March 25
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Part IV. Intensive Case Study of Prosecutors Practice Setting
Day 28, Monday, March 30
MR 3.3, 3.4, 3.8
The Detroit Sleeper Cell case (Guest Speaker, Petra Bartosiewicz, author and journalist)
Day 29, Tuesday, March 31
Henderson AM & Geyh Sections:
The Social Norms of the Criminal Justice System (Class discussion moderated by Petra Bartosiewicz) Henderson PM & Robel Sections:
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Day 30, Wednesday, April 1
Henderson PM & Robel Sections:
The Social Norms of the Criminal Justice System (Class discussion moderated by Petra Bartosiewicz) Henderson AM & Geyh Sections:
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Thursday, April 2
Practice Setting Forum #6
Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Criminal Defense Attorneys
Guest Speakers TBA
Part V. Group Projects and Presentations
Day 31, Monday, April 6
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Day 32, Tuesday, April 7
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Day 33, Wednesday, April 8
No Class – Students encourage to use this scheduled time to plan group projects
Day 34, Mon., April 13
Group Presentations, Problem A
Day 35, Tuesday, April 14
Group Presentations, Problem B
Day 36, Wednesday, April 15
Group Presentations, Problem C
Day 37, Monday, April 20
Presentation of Lawyers Profiles, Session 1
Day 38, Tuesday, April 21
Presentation of Lawyer Profiles, Session 2
Day 39, Wednesday, April 22
Discussion of Lawyer Profiles