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UT Law School Classes - Spring 2010

Prof Resp for Civil Litigators

Instructor: Silver, C Credits: 2 Course ID: 285 Unique #28885
     Day    Time   Location
   Thursday 9:30 am - 11:20 am TNH 3.128
Exams: None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
This class treads the line between professional responsibility and civil procedure.  It is designed for students who intend to become civil litigators.  Students who expect to practice in other fields will be better served by a different professional responsibility course.

The topics covered vary from year to year and have recently included lawyers' responsibilities in litigating and settling aggregate lawsuits, fee awards in class actions, principal/agent problems, lawyers' involvement in the production of memos relating to the torture or aggressive interrogation of Guantanamo detainees, the writings of Monroe Freedman on legal ethics, the desirability of pro bono legal services, and advisory opinions relating to litigation ethics issued by the ABA and state bar advisory committees in the past few years.

The reading load for this class can be fairly heavy.  I also assign many of my own writings, along with works by my critics (I have many).

Grades will be based on a final exam.  This course satisfies the professional responsibility curriculum requirement for graduation from the Law School.

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