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Traversing the Ethical Minefield, Fourth Edition

Susan R. Martyn, Lawrence J. Fox


  • ISBN: 9781454899297

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    Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law, and Professional Responsibility, Fourth Edition offers students accessible, teachable problems and notes that clarify and encourage analysis of the law governing lawyers. The book’s innovative pedagogy (combination of relevant and interesting problems faced by fictitious law firm “Martyn and Fox,” cases, ethics opinions, thematic notes, and short stories) supports its focus of teaching the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Restatement of the Law Governing
    Lawyers as well as conveying the complexities of ethical dilemmas in legal practice. The book’s manageable length makes it short enough to provide focus, but long enough to convey the rich texture of the material.

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    Publication Date: 12/8/2017
    Connected eBook with Study Center + Print Book: 9781454874867
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    Summary of Contents


    Part I: Introduction
    Chapter 1 Lawyers, Role, and Law
    Chapter 2 Judicial Regulation of Lawyers

    Part II: Lawyers and Clients: Fiduciary Duty
    Chapter 3 Beginning the Client-Lawyer Relationship
    Chapter 4 Competence
    Chapter 5 Control and Communication
    Chapter 6 Confidentiality
    Chapter 7 Confidentiality Exceptions: Physical and Financial Injury
    Chapter 8 Confidentiality Exceptions: Lawyer Interests and
    Compliance with Other Law
    Chapter 9 Conflicts of Interest: Loyalty and Independent Judgment
    Chapter 10 Conflicts of Interest: Specific Rules
    Chapter 11 Conflicts of Interest: Former, Prospective, Imputed,
    and Government Clients
    Chapter 12 Fees and Client Property
    Chapter 13 Ending the Client-Lawyer Relationship

    Part III: Lawyers and Justice: The Limits of Advocacy
    Chapter 14 The Bounds of the Law

    Part IV: Lawyers and Society: The Profession
    Chapter 15 Professional Regulation
    Chapter 16 Judicial Ethics

    Table of Cases
    Table of Model Rules, Restatements, and Other Regulations

  • Author Information

    Lawrence J. Fox

    Lawrence J. Fox is a Partner and former Managing Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia. He is also the I. Grant Irey Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Fox is a trial lawyer specializing in securities litigation and the representation of lawyers. He was an advisor to The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers project. He is a former member and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He was a member of the American Bar Association Ethics 2000 project which rewrote the Model Rules, and he has written and spoken extensively on the subject of lawyers’ professional responsibility, giving lectures at more than thirty law schools. Mr. Fox is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Bar Foundation, a former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, a former Chair of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, and is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

    Mr. Fox is the author of Legal Tender and, with Susan Martyn, has written a case book, Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law, and Professional Responsibility and The Law Governing Lawyers: National Rules, Standards, Statutes, and State Lawyer Codes, principal texts for this course. Mr. Fox and Professor Martyn also wrote Red Flags: Legal Ethics for Lawyers and Your Lawyer, A User’s Guide.

    Mr. Fox graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from the Law School. He was Managing Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and clerked for Samuel J. Roberts, Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Before joining Drinker Biddle & Reath he was a legal services lawyer at Community Action for Legal Services in New York City.

    Susan Martyn

    Professor Susan R. Martyn, a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1980, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Marquette University Law School. She teaches Torts, Legal Ethics and Bioethics, and also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law and Medical Humanities at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Martyn was Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School.

    Professor Martyn is a national authority on issues of legal ethics and has served on two of the most important national bodies to shape the law governing lawyers in the past twenty years. She was an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers from 1987 until its publication in 2000, and she served on the American Bar Association’s Ethics 2000 Commission from 1997 through 2002. Since 2002 she has contributed as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    Professor Martyn is a member of the Ohio, Michigan and Supreme Court Bars. She is a frequent speaker on issues of legal ethics, and co-chairs ALI-ABA’s annual Legal Ethics Update.

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