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About the Book

Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law

Front Cover - Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law

Fourth Edition

Lisa G. Lerman
The Catholic University of America

Philip G. Schrag
Georgetown University Law Center

2016. 1060 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-6304-5.

About the Book

Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, Fourth Edition is a problem-based casebook with a contemporary and thoughtful approach to challenging ethical dilemmas, encouraging deep analysis and lively class discussion. 

Key Features Include: 
• succinct and accessible explanation of lawyer law in question and answer format; 
• 70 blockbuster problems for classroom discussion based on actual cases, in which students must analyze the ethical and strategic issues as if they were in the shoes of lawyers;
• focus on issues that students are most likely to face in their early years of practice; 
• stimulating presentation of materials, including cartoons, tables, and photos; 
• excellent teacher’s manual with detailed discussion guides for every problem, clear guidance for teachers about how to teach this problem method course, course planning, lesson planning, and more; and
• companion website with materials for classroom use, including teaching notes, power point slides, and audio interviews with lawyers in some of the cases.

Hallmark features of Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law:
• Reflects the authors’ broad range of teaching, clinical, and policy-making experience, and their long commitment to development of successful law teaching pedagogy
• Problem method generates lively class discussion and will help train students to be more alert to ethical problems in practice and to be better equipped to address difficult dilemmas in practice
• Clear expositions of the law allows professors to devote the majority of class time to interactive discussion of the problems
• Transforms the course from an often boring upper-class requirement to a learning environment that is educationally rich, engaging, and fun
• Unique teacher’s manual with detailed discussion guides for every problem (formatted for use as class notes) and on how to use the problem method
• Background research on the real cases on which the problems are based, so that an instructor can conclude the discussion of each problem by telling students what happened in the real case
• Companion website with additional materials, including updates, PowerPoint slides, sample syllabi, and audio interviews with attorneys who handled cases used as problems in the book
• Problem-based approach, where real-life cases form basis of most problems, offers students a practical way to test their understanding
• Graphics (cartoons, tables, photos) throughout, which  make the presentation lively
• Shocking examples of recent lawyer misconduct maintain student interest
• Many students say this book is the most readable of any law school textbook
• Professor Cynthia Batt, Stetson, writes that this book “has the BEST teacher’s manual of any text ever”
• Companion website with materials for classroom use, including teaching notes, power point slides, and audio interviews with lawyers in some of the cases

Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition presents:
• Recent changes to the Model Rules and other new developments in the law governing lawyers, and numerous new examples of recent cases of lawyer misconduct
• Six new problems on conflicts of interest, a criminal defense lawyer’s duty to investigate, prosecutorial investigations, and relationships between lawyers and judges
• Up-to-date discussions of how the Internet is affecting law practice, including the use of e-mail, social media, blogging, and raising capital for law firms by crowdfunding
• Expanded coverage of the post-recession changes in the legal profession
• Discussion of the implications for confidentiality of employer monitoring of employees, government monitoring of electronic communications, and hacking of law firm computer systems
• Deeper coverage of ethical issues for prosecutors
• Lerman/Schrag/Gupta Model Rules supplement—includes 115 practice questions and detailed answers to help students prepare for the MPRE, and a selection of provisions from the state ethics codes that diverge from the Model Rules for comparative analysis

Preface / Sample Chapters