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    • 21653-01
    • *†Ethics Bureau at Yale: Pro Bono Professional Responsibility Advice
    • Fox
    • Mon 4:10 PM-6:00 PM
    • 3
    • Professional Responsibility
      Professional Skills
      New York Bar Professional Responsibility
    • experiential
    • not applicable
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    *†Ethics Bureau at Yale: Pro Bono Professional Responsibility Advice (21653). 3 units. Lawyers' need for ethics advice, consultation and opinions is not limited to those who can pay. Impecunious clients and the lawyers who serve them are in need of ethics counseling and legal opinions on a regular basis. For example, Yale law students provided essential help in preparing an amicus brief in Holland v. Florida, a Supreme Court case from the 2009 Term that resulted in a victory for the petitioner and an extensive citation to the amicus brief in the majority opinion. The Ethics Bureau provides these essential services for those who cannot retain paying counsel. The work of the Bureau will consist of three major components. First, the Bureau will provide ethics counseling for pro bono organizations such as legal services offices and public defenders. Second, the Bureau will prepare standard-of-care opinions relating to the conduct of lawyers that are needed in cases alleging ineffective assistance of counsel and other challenges to lawyer conduct, cases in which the clients are impecunious and otherwise cannot secure expert assistance. Third, from time to time, the Yale Ethics Bureau will provide assistance to amici curiae, typically bar associations or ethics professors, on questions of professional responsibility in cases in which such issues are front and center. It did so in a United States Supreme Court case, Maples v. Allen, argued in the 2010 Term, decided in early 2012, citing the amicus brief of the clinic. The students working at the Bureau will meet for class two hours per week and will be expected to put in approximately ten hours on Bureau projects each week. The classroom work will not only explore the ethical minefield, but also consider the role of expert witnesses in the litigation process, its appropriateness and the procedural issues thereby raised. The course has no prerequisites. Enrollment limited to twelve. Preference given to prior Ethics Bureau enrollees and students who previously took the instructor’s ethics class. Permission of the instructor required. L. Fox.

    Course Selection: In addition to listing this course among experiential permission courses, interested students should also submit a short statement of interest by the close of the bidding period on December 10 at 4:30 p.m.

    Location: SLB - 112 (Mon)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 20382

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