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Intersession course on responsibility
Berch, Cohen offer unique intersession course
Professor Michael Berch
The College of Law in cooperation with the State Bar of Arizona is offering a unique series of intersession courses on ethics and professionalism that will bring together students and practicing lawyers. The series, "Professors Michael Berch & Larry Cohen Call You Back to Class," will be held Jan. 2-10, and have eight different sessions. Students will sign up for the entire series, and lawyers can sign up for one or more days, earning up to three hours of CLE credit for $110 for each session.
The series includes:
Regulation of the Legal Profession (Jan. 2) - The types of conduct that may subject a lawyer to professional discipline, the latest Arizona rules regarding unprofessional conduct and admission of out-of-state practitioners, interstate discipline, duty to report another lawyer's misconduct, overview of malpractice actions against lawyers and other sanctions for negligence on the part of lawyers.
Fundamentals of the Lawyer-Client Relationship (Jan. 3) - Duties to prospective clients, the retainer agreement, allocation of decision-making between lawyer and client, billing problems, duty of confidentiality and the organization as a client.
Requirements of Loyalty to the Client, Part I (Jan. 4) - Conflicts of interest regarding prospective, present and former clients, the hot-potato rule and positional conflicts.
Requirements of Loyalty to the Client, Part II (Jan. 5) - The application of conflicts rules to specific areas (personal interests of the lawyer, criminal cases, insurance matters) and imputed disqualification rules.
Advising Clients (Jan. 7) - Ethical doctrines relating to advising individual and corporate clients and contacting represented and unrepresented persons and issues concerning the role of the lawyer as negotiator and evaluator.
Ethical Problems in Litigation, Part I (Jan. 8) - Sanctions for litigation misconduct, litigation tactics, disclosures of law and fact to your adversary and handling physical evidence.
Ethical Problems in Litigation, Part II (Jan. 9) - Ethical issues relating to false testimony and contact with jurors before, during and after trial, as well as special rules relating to prosecutors.
Delivery of Legal Services (Jan. 10) - Advertising and solicitation, referrals to specialists, unauthorized practice of law and multi-jurisdictional practice and issues surrounding the provision of pro bono legal services.
Students can go to
and register for the class under Winter 2007 using course number 90266. State Bar of Arizona lawyers can register at