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Lawyers And Fundamental Moral Responsibility, Daniel Coquillette, R. Michael Cassidy, Judith Mcmorrow Oct 2011

Lawyers And Fundamental Moral Responsibility, Daniel Coquillette, R. Michael Cassidy, Judith Mcmorrow

Judith A. McMorrow

The materials in this book are organized around specific problems designed to encourage and focus class discussion. There are two other inherent organizing principles of the materials in this book. First, the philosophical materials are in the rough order in which the ideas themselves evolved in the history of philosophy. The materials have been revised since the book first was published in 1995 to address some of the burning ethical problems of our day, including terrorism, national security, and abuse of government power. The Second Edition also is reorganized to assist students to better appreciate philosophical theories underpinning discourse about …


Legal Ethics In China: Reflections On The Formation Of Professional Identity, Judith Mcmorrow Dec 2010

Legal Ethics In China: Reflections On The Formation Of Professional Identity, Judith Mcmorrow

Judith A. McMorrow

The Chinese legal profession has grown rapidly in the last 30 years. This talk discussed the challenge of creating norms of attorney conduct (legal ethics) in a fragile and young legal system. The second part of the talk used ongoing research on the formation of professional identity.


Capital Punishments And Religious Arguments: An Intermediate Approach, Samuel J. Levine Dec 2010

Capital Punishments And Religious Arguments: An Intermediate Approach, Samuel J. Levine

Samuel J. Levine

Determining the place and use of capital punishment in the American legal system is a challenging affair and one that is closely associated with and determined by religion's role in American legal decision-making. Both capital punishment and religion are controversial issues, and tend to challenge legal scholars and practitioners about whether they should function together or alone as valid parts of the legal system in the United States. Professor Levine argues that religious arguments should be employed to interpret and explain American legal thought when the need or proper situation arises. He uses capital punishment as an example of how …


Toward A Religious Minority Voice: A Look At Free Exercise Law Through A Religious Minority Perspective, Samuel J. Levine Dec 2010

Toward A Religious Minority Voice: A Look At Free Exercise Law Through A Religious Minority Perspective, Samuel J. Levine

Samuel J. Levine

Legal scholars have recently advanced theories emphasizing the importance of perspectives in the law. Perspective scholarship recognizes that laws are necessarily shaped by society's dominant forces, including its biases and preconceptions. Perspective scholars attempt to understand how these forces have shaped our laws, and they suggest changes to accommodate those affected by society's biases.

In this Article, Professor Levine introduces the concept of a religious minority perspective. He develops the concept of a religious minority perspective in the context of several, prominent Free Exercise cases. Professor Levine discusses these cases in his presentation of the central themes of a religious …


Razian Authority And Its Implications For Legal Ethics, W. Bradley Wendel Dec 2010

Razian Authority And Its Implications For Legal Ethics, W. Bradley Wendel

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

The question considered in the session was whether the concern of legal ethics is the morality of law, the morality of clients, or the morality of lawyers. The response I have been pursuing, in my book and elsewhere, is that all of these moral concerns are tied together in the lawyer’s role. The morality of law, clients, and lawyers are interrelated, but the political perspective is primary. The law serves a political purpose, of making public life possible despite first-order moral pluralism. When people disagree, either at the level of moral principles or over the facts that bear on the …


Legal Ethics, Patrick Emery Longan Dec 2010

Legal Ethics, Patrick Emery Longan

Mercer Law Review

During the survey period from June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010, the appellate courts in Georgia decided cases involving the discipline of lawyers, ineffective assistance of counsel, legal malpractice, bar admission, judicial ethics, and attorney disqualification. The courts also decided one case involving an important issue of professionalism and several miscellaneous cases. The State Bar of Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board issued several opinions that relate to the professional responsibilities of Georgia lawyers.


Advising Noncitizen Defendants On The Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Convictions: The Ethical Answer For The Criminal Defense Lawyer, The Court, And The Sixth Amendment, Yolanda Vazquez Dec 2010

Advising Noncitizen Defendants On The Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Convictions: The Ethical Answer For The Criminal Defense Lawyer, The Court, And The Sixth Amendment, Yolanda Vazquez

All Faculty Scholarship

This Article discusses the tension between the Sixth Amendment analysis by courts on the issue of immigration consequences of criminal convictions and the moral and ethical duties that an attorney owes his noncitizen client. Under the majority of jurisdictions, federal circuit and state courts hold that there is no duty to advise on this issue because they are deemed to be “collateral”. However, a growing number of these jurisdictions have begun to find a Sixth Amendment violation for failure to advise. These jurisdictions have created a Sixth Amendment duty only when: 1) the attorney “knew or should have known” the …


Lessons From China, Judith Mcmorrow Nov 2010

Lessons From China, Judith Mcmorrow

Judith A. McMorrow

No abstract provided.


Uso Social Del Suelo Ejidal Y Comunal Para El Desarrollo Equilibrado De Las Áreas Urbanas Del Estado De Puebla, Bruno L. Costantini García Nov 2010

Uso Social Del Suelo Ejidal Y Comunal Para El Desarrollo Equilibrado De Las Áreas Urbanas Del Estado De Puebla, Bruno L. Costantini García

Bruno L. Costantini García

De origen, difundir los diversos esquemas permitidos por la Ley para posibilitar la realización de proyectos con fines inmobiliarios, a efecto de que los núcleos agrarios y sus integrantes se beneficien equitativamente de la urbanización de sus tierras, coadyuvando con ello al desarrollo urbano planificado y ordenado de los centros de población del Estado de Puebla; como consecuencia, impulsar el desarrollo habitacional equilibrado de éste. Eliminar el circulo.- “necesidad de tierra – asentamiento irregular – solución de conflicto”, mediante la planeación socioeconómico de los núcleos agrarios ejidales y comunales, a fin de diseñar un mecanismo eficaz que satisfaga las necesidades …


Legal Profession, William J. Riegger Nov 2010

Legal Profession, William J. Riegger

Cal Law Trends and Developments

No abstract provided.


Professional Responsibility, James M. Mccauley Nov 2010

Professional Responsibility, James M. Mccauley

University of Richmond Law Review

No abstract provided.


Legal Profession, William J. Riegger Oct 2010

Legal Profession, William J. Riegger

Cal Law Trends and Developments

During 1967, the California courts made decisions dealing with admission to the bar, discipline, the statute of limitations in legal malpractice, and just compensation. The legislature also affected the legal profession by expanding the power of local government to employ private counsel, by changing the rules governing admission of out-of-state attorneys to the bar, and by changing certain fee provisions.

The California Supreme Court decided several important bar admission cases. In Hallinan v. Committee of Bar Examiners and March v. Committee of Bar Examiners, the Committee of Bar Examiners made value judgments and, in effect, by refusing certification, attempted to …


The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps Oct 2010

The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps

Dr Renata Phelps

No abstract provided.


The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps Oct 2010

The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Estamos Bien En El Refugio Los 33 Una Historia De Las Organizaciones Mineras Y Su Lucha Por La Seguridad En La Minería., Bram Sable-Smith Oct 2010

Estamos Bien En El Refugio Los 33 Una Historia De Las Organizaciones Mineras Y Su Lucha Por La Seguridad En La Minería., Bram Sable-Smith

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

This investigation focuses on the history of security in the mining sector of Chile, and attempts to do so from the perspective of the miners’ and workers’ unions. The aim of the investigation was to explore specifically the changes coming regarding security in mining in the aftermath of the accident in the San José mine of August 5, 2010; changes in the government, changes in the country’s legislation, and what role the workers’ organizations are playing in these changes, and what changes it is that they are asking for.

At the end of the investigation it still remained to be …


Governance Of Health Research Involving Humans In Developing Countries: The Nigerian Example, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe Oct 2010

Governance Of Health Research Involving Humans In Developing Countries: The Nigerian Example, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe

PhD Dissertations

An intense debate has occurred regarding research involving humans in developing countries in recent years. Research in this area has focused mainly on examining the ways in which the economic inequalities in healthcare between developing countries and developed countries have affected the types of research conducted in developing countries by external sponsors. Research has also focused on how these inequalities, and the difficulties in applying the international ethical guidelines, give rise to ethical concerns and controversies. Recent literature has therefore examined several ethical concerns in health research in developing countries. What is missing in the literature on research oversight in …


A Tale Of Prosecutorial Indiscretion: Ramsey Clark And The Selective Non-Prosecution Of Stokely Carmichael, Lonnie T. Brown Oct 2010

A Tale Of Prosecutorial Indiscretion: Ramsey Clark And The Selective Non-Prosecution Of Stokely Carmichael, Lonnie T. Brown

Scholarly Works

During the height of the Vietnam War and one of the most volatile periods of the civil rights movement, then-Attorney General Ramsey Clark controversially resisted intense political pressure to prosecute Black Power originator and antiwar activist Stokely Carmichael. Taken in isolation, this decision may seem courageous and praiseworthy, but when considered against the backdrop of Clark’s contemporaneous prosecution of an all-white group of similarly situated anti-draft leaders (the so-called Boston Five), his exercise of prosecutorial discretion becomes suspect. Specifically, the Boston Five were prosecuted in 1968 for conspiracy to aid and abet draft evasion, a charge for which the evidence …


Plea Bargainng, Discovery, And Waivers, R. Michael Cassidy Sep 2010

Plea Bargainng, Discovery, And Waivers, R. Michael Cassidy

R. Michael Cassidy

No abstract provided.


Government Transparency And The Obama Era, Ross Schulman Sep 2010

Government Transparency And The Obama Era, Ross Schulman

Legislation and Policy Brief

Government transparency has been a focus of President Barack Obama’s campaign and administration, but effort has been expended on programs that have emphasized policy and legislative transparency over ethical and data transparency. This emphasis is misplaced. During the 2008 Presidential Election, the Obama campaign tapped into a large reserve of predominantly younger people who demanded a connection with the candidates before them. A large part of that connection was focused on the transparency that came from this highly networked campaign. President Obama’s campaign in particular embodied that approach, both through its promises and its actions. Now that the Obama administration …


The Scarlet "L": Lobbying Reform And The First Amendment, Mona Sheth Sep 2010

The Scarlet "L": Lobbying Reform And The First Amendment, Mona Sheth

Legislation and Policy Brief

While the enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) in Congress shifted the lobbying industry towards heightened transparency and stronger ethics, future reforms of the executive branch threatened the constitutional rights of lobbyists. As the following pages summarize, the collective forces of the 2008 presidential campaign, executive ethics order, and stimulus restrictions also endangered the success of the congressional response. An examination of the Obama Administration’s executive directives and an exploration of the constitutional issues implicated in the ARRA guidance on stimulus funds reveal that disclosure and enforcement are more effective (and constitutional) methods to …


Domestically Violent Attorneys: Resuscitating And Transforming A Dusty, Old Punitive Approach To Attorney Discipline Into A Viable Prescription For Rehabilitation, Ignascio G. Camarena Ii Sep 2010

Domestically Violent Attorneys: Resuscitating And Transforming A Dusty, Old Punitive Approach To Attorney Discipline Into A Viable Prescription For Rehabilitation, Ignascio G. Camarena Ii

Golden Gate University Law Review

This Comment will discuss (1) the prevalence of domestic violence in America, (2) the governmental responses to domestic violence, and (3) preserving the integrity of the legal profession. This Comment will then focus on how disciplinary courts have treated domestically violent attorneys. Part III examines the murky judicial approach to disciplining domestically violent attorneys, and Part IV criticizes that approach. Finally, Part V sets forth a proposal to cure the ill effects of the current approach, by injecting a greater degree of uniformity, ease, predictability and certainty into the disciplinary process.


The Model Rules Of Professional Conduct And Political Campaign Activities, Lauren Gilius Sep 2010

The Model Rules Of Professional Conduct And Political Campaign Activities, Lauren Gilius

Legislation and Policy Brief

This article will examine whether the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“Model Rules”) should apply to lawyers in situations where a lawyer-candidate or a lawyer involved in a disingenuous political campaign activity, particularly when the lawyer was not convicted on criminal charges. Though the American Bar Association said that the Model Rules apply to dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation by lawyers, even when acting in a non-professional capacity, the support for applying the Rules in this context is lacking.

This article will first briefly discuss the development of applying the Model Rules to the non-professional conduct, …


The History Of Cambridge And Harvard University, Daniel Coquillette Sep 2010

The History Of Cambridge And Harvard University, Daniel Coquillette

Daniel R. Coquillette

A short history of the city of Cambridge and its relationship with Harvard University.


Standing Committee On Discipline V. Yagman: The Ninth Circuit Provides Substantial First Amendment Protection For Attorney Criticism Of The Judiciary, Jeffrey A. White Sep 2010

Standing Committee On Discipline V. Yagman: The Ninth Circuit Provides Substantial First Amendment Protection For Attorney Criticism Of The Judiciary, Jeffrey A. White

Golden Gate University Law Review

In Standing Committee on Discipline of the United States District Court for the Central District of California v. Yagman, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an attorney who publicly criticized a federal judge did not commit sanctionable conduct. In determining whether the attorney, Stephen Yagman, had violated a local rule of professional conduct for lawyers, the court applied a "reasonable attorney" standard, rather than a subjective malice standard. The court held that Yagman's statements, in light of this higher standard, did not violate the rule's prohibition against impugning the integrity of the court. The Ninth Circuit also held …


Lawyers, Clients And Sex: Breaking The Silence On The Ethical And Liability Issues, Caroline Forell Sep 2010

Lawyers, Clients And Sex: Breaking The Silence On The Ethical And Liability Issues, Caroline Forell

Golden Gate University Law Review

This paper examines the existing case law concerning attorney-client sexual relationships and the current ethical rules which may be implicated. Because of the inadequacies in the present system, and the serious harm caused to both women clients and the Bar by these inadequacies, I propose changes in how lawyers regulate themselves and how others are compensated for lawyer's sexual misconduct.


It's Not Funny: Creating A Professional Culture Of Pro Bono Commitment, Douglas L. Colbert Sep 2010

It's Not Funny: Creating A Professional Culture Of Pro Bono Commitment, Douglas L. Colbert

Douglas L. Colbert

Professor Colbert challenges the popular view that regards lawyers as selfish, greedy and uncaring to the legal needs of the outside community. In his article, he recognizes that the lawyers with whom he is familiar are fulfilling the lawyer’s ethical obligation of engaging in pro bono service and “provid[ing] legal services to those unable to pay,” while also embracing the language in the Preamble to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that refers to the attorney “as a public citizen who has a special responsibility to the quality of justice.” Professor Colbert asks colleagues in the legal academy whether they …


Toward A New Ethical Standard Regulating The Private Practice Of Former Government Lawyers, Barbara G. Mance Sep 2010

Toward A New Ethical Standard Regulating The Private Practice Of Former Government Lawyers, Barbara G. Mance

Golden Gate University Law Review

This comment advocates the elimination of the "appearance of impropriety" as a legal and ethical standard governing the disqualification of former government lawyers and urges the ABA to adopt Rule LIP of the proposed Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Model Rule 1.11, Successive Government and Private Employment, provides a comprehensible, precise ethical rule regulating the post-government practice of lawyers in conformity with federal statute and regulation.


"We're Not Running A Charity Here": Rethinking Public Interest Lawyers' Relationships With Bottom-Line-Driven Pro Bono Programs, Leonore F. Carpenter Sep 2010

"We're Not Running A Charity Here": Rethinking Public Interest Lawyers' Relationships With Bottom-Line-Driven Pro Bono Programs, Leonore F. Carpenter

Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal

No abstract provided.


El Fraude Político En La Argentina, Horacio M. Lynch Sep 2010

El Fraude Político En La Argentina, Horacio M. Lynch

Horacio M. LYNCH

Ensayo que indaga el concepto del “fraude electoral o político” buscando la acepción correcta del término y de sus maniobras conexas, y eventualmente cómo pueden denominarse las actividades enderezadas a manipular la opinión pública para influir en el resultado de las elecciones entorpeciendo el libre ejercicio del sufragio (¿delitos contra la Constitución?) y eventualmente cómo pueden prevenirse y sancionarse. En la Ia. Parte se indaga (a) en su acepción amplia, sobre el fraude electoral en la Argentina a lo largo de un siglo: sus prácticas iniciales y como ha ido evolucionando y sofisticando; (b) en qué medida maniobras de manipulación …


Gift Giving To Biobanks, Leonard H. Glantz, Patricia Roche, George J. Annas Sep 2010

Gift Giving To Biobanks, Leonard H. Glantz, Patricia Roche, George J. Annas

Faculty Scholarship

We agree with Mark Rothstein's goal of giving tissue donors control over their donated tissues. But we think using the research model as the basis for attaining this goal, while widely employed and accepted, should be abandoned.

The research regulations were originally adopted to deal with interventions on living human beings, not on the tissue of human beings. The Nuremberg Code (a reaction to concentration camp experiments), the Willowbrook experiment, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, and the other examples of the abuse of research subjects that provided the rationale for regulating research on human subjects clearly had nothing to do with …