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Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law [Hardcover]

Professor Lisa G. Lerman , Philip G. Schrag
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April 22, 2008 0735565295 978-0735565296 2
<p> Covering all of the essential issues and topics, <b>Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, Second Edition</b>, offers straightforward exposition and a combination of principal cases and real-case problems that generate lively class discussion and encourage strategic analysis. </p> <p> Engage your students with a contemporary approach that features: </p> <ul> <li> <b>thorough coverage of the ethics codes and other law governing lawyers,</b> including legal malpractice, disqualification, wrongful discharge, and criminal malfeasance </li> <li> <b>concise, clear explanation</b> of lawyer law in a readable question and answer format </li> <li> an <b>overview</b> of the American legal profession and the challenges facing lawyers in the 21st century </li> <li> <b>more than 70 engaging problems</b> for classroom discussion, some based on court opinions, others based on actual situations encountered by lawyers and law students </li> <li> <b>principal cases</b> edited with care and presented with questions for discussion </li> <li> <b>tables and conceptual outlines that </b>highlight relationships, illustrate concepts, and aid memory </li> <li> <b>photos</b> of many lawyers and parties discussed in the text </li> <li> <b>more than 20 New Yorker cartoons</b> illustrating classic ethical dilemmas </li> <li> <b>a detailed Teacher’s Manual</b> that provides thorough analysis of the hypothetical problems, formatted for easy adaptation to classnotes as well as fascinating post mortems and contextual commentary about the cases. After classroom analysis of a problem, a professor can tell the students “what really happened.” </li> </ul> <p> Thoroughly updated, the <b>Second Edition</b> now has a more flexible organization and coverage of important recent developments in the law, rules, and code, including: </p> <ul> <li> updates reflecting recent revision of the state Rules of Professional Conduct in response to the Ethics 2000 Commission </li> <li> new material on lawyers as counselors, the special duties of prosecutors, lawyer advertising, aggregate and class action settlements, and the revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct </li> <li> new problems and cases </li> <li> discussion of government challenges to the corporate attorney-client privilege </li> <li> pedagogical fine-tuning based on feedback from scores of enthusiastic adopters and students at more than eighty US law schools </li> </ul> <p> Respected scholars <b>Lerman</b> and <b>Schrag</b> have created an accessible, problem-based casebook that generates rich classroom discussion in courses in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers; 2 edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735565295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735565296
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddily put together substantively and otherwise October 23, 2008
By K. Lee
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This textbook is vaguely written, unorganized, and poorly edited. The ABA rules are sprinkled throughout in a haphazard manner in no particular order except as relevant to the particular chapter. There is no comprehensive collection of these rules for easy access anywhere throughout.

There are few cases to assist in illustrating these rules; the authors have apparently spent all their time transforming helpful cases into open ended hypothetical problems that are of little to no help in actually informing the reader. This textbook format is unique and unusual in law books and should be applauded for creativity, even if the result is an incoherent inability to pass on information to the student.

From an editing standpoint, there are typos throughout that are embarrassing for Aspen Publishing as well as the authors. All of Chapter 6's headings on every page read "Chatper 6", for example. Just incredibly poorly done. My worst textbook of the entire 3 years of law school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jones
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There is little value in a textbook that offers such bare guidance into legal ethics. This semester, my class struggled to deal with this piece of garbage. Presenting few exemplary cases and relying primarily on abstract hypotheticals, few putative explanations were ever provided. Related to this point, the layout of the book is also particularly poor; it is a waste of my time to ask me to read hypotheticals, but then not introduce the underlying material until subsequent sections. It would make sense to as students to read a hypothetical as a starting point, and then immediately introduce the materials. This is frequently not how this book operates. I do not mean the immediate subsequent sections contain the explanations, if any is offered. I mean that sometimes it may be another 20-50 pages before a point is clarified based on an abstract hypothetical - if at all.

Additionally, it often felt as if there was no rhyme or reason to the structure of the book on the whole, and there is also little examination of interplay between commonly-related though distally-grouped Model Rules. The vast majority of substantive offerings in the book are often fairly subjectively-written articles or short notes, which frequently seem to beg for additional expertise in related fields that most students (and most lawyers) will not possess. Further, critical explanations of complex points are often compacted into bizarre charts where often a very simple sentence or two would resolve a student's underlying confusion.

We are expected to pass the MPRE, and so many law schools will turn to this waste of paper in a partial attempt to prepare their students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying if absolutely not required! January 29, 2012
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Attention Professors considering utilizing this textbook in their Professional Responsibility courses: This really is one of the worst textbooks I've had in law school and wholeheartedly agree with all of the prior negative reviews. Please consider making it optional or choosing a different book altogether! There are few cases and the references to the model rules are randomly scattered about. Instead of providing examples of the "rules in action", the authors have opt-ed to include instead open-ended hypotheticals with no suggested answer. Hardly helpful for actually preparing for an exam in Professional Responsibility and this will certainly not help any student as they prepare for the Multi state Professional Responsibility Exam. I immediately sold this book after the class was done and purchased a supplement for both the Professional Responsibility course exam and the MPRE. Even if you don't purchase a supplement to this textbook, you are better off reading the Model Rules and comments to those rules to pass this class.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NEW EDITION OUT! May 16, 2014
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Make sure that you can use this edition and not the third edition in your class if required. Don't do what I did!
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