Law School Outline - Professional Responsibility

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					                         Professional Responsibility Outline:
Note about this outline: This is a sample law school outline for a Professional
Responsibility course at a top law school. Use this outline as a guide to learning
Professional Responsibility or as a study aid for your law school exams.


INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL ....................................................................................... 7
  I. Why Do We Have Special Rules For Lawyers and Where Do They Come From? 7
  II. History of Model Rules ........................................................................................... 7
  III.  What Interests the Rules Try to Serve (the “Matrix/Paradigm”) ........................ 8
  IV.   Sources of Rules Governing Lawyer .................................................................. 9
  V. Constitutional Issues ............................................................................................. 10
  VI.   Areas of court made law ................................................................................... 10
  VII. Sanctions for Violation ..................................................................................... 10

REAL EVIDENCE ........................................................................................................... 11
  I. “Reliable sources say” .......................................................................................... 11
     d. Corrupt Persuader Statute: 18 U.S.C. 1512(b) .................................................. 11
     e. ABA Model Rule 3.4(a): No Concealment: .................................................... 12
  III.   In re Ryder ........................................................................................................ 12
  IV.    People v. Meredith ............................................................................................ 12
  V. HP case.................................................................................................................. 13
  VI.    Vanity Ink .......................................................................................................... 13
  VIII. Nixon and the Watergate Tapes ........................................................................ 14
     18 U.S.C. 1505 – deals w/Congressional hearings ................................................... 14
  IX.    Additional Scenarios Re: Destruction of Evidence .......................................... 14
     a. Belge ................................................................................................................. 15
     e. Moving Pictures ................................................................................................ 15

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVILEGE ....................................................................... 17
 I. Privilege vs. confidentiality theory ....................................................................... 17
 II. Confidentiality Rules ............................................................................................ 17
    a. Rule 1.6(a)......................................................................................................... 18
    b. Rule 1.8(b): ....................................................................................................... 18
    c. Rule 1.9(c)......................................................................................................... 18
    d. Rule 1.6(b) exceptions: ..................................................................................... 18
 III.  Perez v. Kirk & Carrigan.................................................................................. 18
 IV.   Rules for Ambiguous Relationships ................................................................. 19
    a. Rule 1.13(f): ...................................................................................................... 19
    b. Rule 4.3 ............................................................................................................. 19
 V. “My client is HIV Positive” .................................................................................. 19
    d. Rule 1.8(f): client vs. 3rd party paying fees ....................................................... 19
 VI.   “All‟s Not Well” ............................................................................................... 20
 VII. Entity Clients .................................................................................................... 20
    d. Control Group Test ........................................................................................... 20


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     e.        Upjohn subject matter test: ............................................................................... 20
     f.        Samaritan scope of employment test:............................................................... 21
     i.        Doesn‟t apply if................................................................................................. 21
     g.        Restatement matter of legal interest test ........................................................... 21
   VIII.       “Slip and Fall”................................................................................................... 21
   IX.         Exceptions to Privilege and confidentiality ...................................................... 22
     b.        Waiver ............................................................................................................... 23
     c.        Waiver by disclosure  .................................................................................... 23
     d.        Limited waiver .................................................................................................. 23
     g.        Crime fraud exception....................................................................................... 23

ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP – AGENCY, COMPETENCE ...................... 24
 I. Elements of the Relationship ................................................................................ 24
    a. Rule 1.1 ............................................................................................................. 24
    b. Competence.........................................................................
				
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