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Clinical And Experiential Learning In Canadian Law Schools: Current Perspectives, Gemma Smyth, Samantha Hale, Neil Gold 2018 Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

Clinical And Experiential Learning In Canadian Law Schools: Current Perspectives, Gemma Smyth, Samantha Hale, Neil Gold

Law Publications

What are some of the challenges and possibilities animating modern Canadian clinical and experiential learning in law? This question was the starting point for our research, which examined two sets of data. In the first part of this project, we analyzed available information on existing clinical and experiential learning programs in Canadian law schools. This data revealed a growing quantity and variety of programs across the country. We then held qualitative interviews with deans, professors, and clinicians across Canada regarding their views of clinical and experiential learning. While the interviews suggested that many of the same financial and curricular challenges ...


The Texas Standards For Appellate Conduct: An Annotated Guide And Commentary, Gina M. Benavides, Joshua J. Caldwell 2018 Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals

The Texas Standards For Appellate Conduct: An Annotated Guide And Commentary, Gina M. Benavides, Joshua J. Caldwell

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

The legal profession is bound by ethical rules that govern and guide our conduct and actions as lawyers. One of the under-appreciated, but profoundly important set of guidelines is the Texas Standards for Appellate Conduct. These Standards serve as an excellent practice guide for appellate practitioners and appellate courts and as a model code of conduct for the Bar as a whole.

The goal of this Article is to dissect the Texas Standards for Appellate Conduct and provide useful commentaries for the readers to better appreciate and understand each element of the Standards. The commentaries provide direct case examples and ...


The Paragraph 20 Paradox: An Evaluation Of The Enforcement Of Ethical Rules As Substantive Law, Donald E. Campbell 2018 Mississippi College School of Law

The Paragraph 20 Paradox: An Evaluation Of The Enforcement Of Ethical Rules As Substantive Law, Donald E. Campbell

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

This Article addresses an issue courts across the country continue to struggle with: When are ethics rules appropriately considered enforceable substantive obligations, and when should they only be enforceable through the disciplinary process? The question is complicated by the ethics rules themselves. Paragraph 20 of the Scope section of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct includes seemingly contradictory guidance; it states the Rules are not to be used to establish civil liability, but also that they can be “some evidence” of a violation of a lawyer’s standard of care. Most states have adopted this paradoxal Paragraph 20 language. Consequently ...


Causation And "Legal Certainty" In Legal Malpractice Law, Vincent R. Johnson 2018 St. Mary's University School of Law

Causation And "Legal Certainty" In Legal Malpractice Law, Vincent R. Johnson

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

A line of California cases holds that causation of damages in legal malpractice actions must be proven with “legal certainty.” This Article argues that judicial references to legal certainty are ambiguous and threaten to undermine the fairness of legal malpractice litigation as a means for resolving lawyer-client disputes. Courts should eschew the language of legal certainty and plainly state that damages are recoverable if a legal malpractice plaintiff proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that those losses were factually and proximately caused by the defendant’s breach of duty.


"Dirty" Experts: Ethical Challenges Concerning, And A Comparative Perspective On, The Use Of Consulting Experts, David S. Caudill 2018 1567

"Dirty" Experts: Ethical Challenges Concerning, And A Comparative Perspective On, The Use Of Consulting Experts, David S. Caudill

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

U.S. attorneys often hire consulting experts who potentially never get named as testifying experts. The same practice is evident in Australia, where the colloquial distinction is between a “clean” and a “dirty” expert, the latter being in the role of a consultant who is considered a member of the client’s “legal team.” A “clean” expert named as a witness is then called “independent,” signaling that he or she is not an advocate. In contrast to the U.S. discourse concerning consulting and testifying experts, focused on discovery issues, the conversation in Australia betrays immediate ethical concerns that both ...


The Library Of Robert Morris, Civil Rights Lawyer & Activist, Laurel Davis, Mary Sarah Bilder 2018 Boston College Law School

The Library Of Robert Morris, Civil Rights Lawyer & Activist, Laurel Davis, Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

This article analyzes the Robert Morris library, the only known extant, antebellum, African American-owned library. The seventy-five titles, including two unique pamphlet compilations, reveal Morris’s intellectual commitment to full citizenship, equality, and participation for people of color. The article provides a model for the interpretation of lawyers' libraries.


De-Grading Assessment: Rejecting Rubrics In Favor Of Authentic Analysis, Deborah L. Borman 2018 Seattle University School of Law

De-Grading Assessment: Rejecting Rubrics In Favor Of Authentic Analysis, Deborah L. Borman

Seattle University Law Review

Assigning grades is the least joyful duty of the law professor. In the current climate of legal education, law professors struggle with issues such as increased class size, providing “practice-ready” graduates, streamlining assignments, and accountability in assessment. In an effort to ease the burden of grading written legal analyses, individual professors or law school writing programs or both may develop articulated rubrics to assess students’ written work. Rubrics are classification tools that allow us to articulate our judgment of a written work. Rubrics may be as extensive as twenty categories and subcategories or may be limited to only a few ...


Self-Directedness And Professional Formation: Connecting Two Critical Concepts In Legal Education, Larry O. Natt Gantt II, Benjamin V. Madison III 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Self-Directedness And Professional Formation: Connecting Two Critical Concepts In Legal Education, Larry O. Natt Gantt Ii, Benjamin V. Madison Iii

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Bringing Purposefulness To The American Law School's Support Of Professional Identity Formation, Louis D. Bilionis 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Bringing Purposefulness To The American Law School's Support Of Professional Identity Formation, Louis D. Bilionis

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Is There Sufficient Human Resource Capacity To Support Robust Professional Identity Formation Learning Outcomes?, Jerome M. Organ 2018 University of St. Thomas School of Law

Is There Sufficient Human Resource Capacity To Support Robust Professional Identity Formation Learning Outcomes?, Jerome M. Organ

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Picturing Professionals: The Emergence Of A Lawyer's Identity, Barbara Glesner Fines 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Picturing Professionals: The Emergence Of A Lawyer's Identity, Barbara Glesner Fines

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Practical Lessons Learned While Building A Required Course For Professional Identity Formation, Danny DeWalt 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Practical Lessons Learned While Building A Required Course For Professional Identity Formation, Danny Dewalt

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Fostering Wholehearted Lawyers: Practical Guidance For Supporting Law Students' Professional Identity Formation, Susan L. Brooks 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Fostering Wholehearted Lawyers: Practical Guidance For Supporting Law Students' Professional Identity Formation, Susan L. Brooks

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Elusive "High Road" For Lawyers: Teaching Professional Responsibility In A Shifting Context, Bryant G. Garth 2018 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The Elusive "High Road" For Lawyers: Teaching Professional Responsibility In A Shifting Context, Bryant G. Garth

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Next Steps Of A Formation-Of-Student-Professional Identity Social Movement: Building Bridges Among The Three Key Stakeholders - Faculty And Staff, Students, And Legal Employers And Clients, Neil Hamilton 2018 University of St Thomas School of Law

The Next Steps Of A Formation-Of-Student-Professional Identity Social Movement: Building Bridges Among The Three Key Stakeholders - Faculty And Staff, Students, And Legal Employers And Clients, Neil Hamilton

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Massachusetts Attorney's Oath: History That Should Not Be Repeated, Jared A. Picchi 2018 University of Massachusetts School of Law

Massachusetts Attorney's Oath: History That Should Not Be Repeated, Jared A. Picchi

University of Massachusetts Law Review

Massachusetts proudly boasts that it has one of the oldest versions of the Attorney’s Oath in the United States. However, the Oath contains phrases that reflect both gender and religious biases. The use of the masculine form within the text, as well as the reference to God, reflect the nation’s history of intolerance and ignorance. These phrases exclude a large portion of the legal community and act as a distraction from the true purpose of an attorney’s oath, which is to remind incoming lawyers of their ethical obligations. This Article focuses primarily on the need for Massachusetts ...


A Status Update For Texas Voir Dire: Advocating For Pre-Trial Internet Investigation Of Prospective Jurors, Luke A. Harle 2018 St. Mary's University School of Law

A Status Update For Texas Voir Dire: Advocating For Pre-Trial Internet Investigation Of Prospective Jurors, Luke A. Harle

St. Mary's Law Journal

The Internet provides trial attorneys an additional tool to investigate the backgrounds of prospective jurors during voir dire. Online searches of a person’s name and social media accounts can reveal information that could be used as grounds for a challenge for cause or to facilitate intelligent use of peremptory strikes. Texas lawmakers have not yet provided any official guidance as to whether attorneys can investigate prospective jurors online or how they might do so, should it be allowed. Texas’s current voir dire structure, judicial opinions, and ethics opinions, together, support the notion that Texas trial attorneys should be ...


"It's Not You, It's Your Caseload": Using Cronic To Solve Indigent Defense Underfunding, Samantha Jaffe 2018 University of Michigan Law School

"It's Not You, It's Your Caseload": Using Cronic To Solve Indigent Defense Underfunding, Samantha Jaffe

Michigan Law Review

In the United States, defendants in both federal and state prosecutions have the constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel. That right is in jeopardy. In the postconviction setting, the standard for ineffective assistance of counsel is prohibitively high, and Congress has restricted federal habeas review. At trial, severe underfunding for state indigent defense systems has led to low pay, little support, and extreme caseloads—which combine to create conditions where lawyers simply cannot represent clients adequately. Overworked public defenders and contract attorneys represent 80 percent of state felony defendants annually. Three out of four countywide public defender systems and ...


Volume 1, Issue 2, 2018 James Madison University

Volume 1, Issue 2

International Journal on Responsibility

Contents:

3 – 5 Howard Zehr, Restorative Justice and the Gandhian Tradition.

6 – 26 Richard E. Rubenstein, Responsibility for Peacemaking in the Context of Structural Violence.

27 – 64 Marc Pufong, Terror, Insecurity, State Responsibility and Challenges: Yesterday and Today?

65 – 77 Ron Kraybill, Responsibility, Community and Conflict Resolution in an Age of Polarization.

78 – 96 John Fairfield, Beyond non-violence to courtship.

97 – 98 Call for papers for forthcoming issues of the International Journal on Responsibility and instructions for authors.


Better Briefs, Lydia Fearing 2018 St. Mary's University School of Law

Better Briefs, Lydia Fearing

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

Abstract forthcoming


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