Ethics of the Business Lawyer

Ethics of the Business Lawyer

(Representing Mom & Pop’s Restaurant, Inc. and Enron Corp)

This course is for students who are curious about what transactional lawyers do and the ethical issues they encounter along the way. This course will use Milton C. Regan and Jeffrey D. Bauman, LEGAL ETHICS AND CORPORATE PRACTICE. Following the book, this seminar will be organized around the work flow of business lawyers representing corporations and will use the problem method. The course will cover ethical issues relating to the representation of small and publicly held entities, including, formation, securities law compliance, financial reporting, legal opinions, negotiations, regulatory compliance, tax practice, internal investigations, criminal defense, document retention practices, shareholder litigation, and transnational practice.

Class attendance, preparation and participation are expected of all students. Student grades will be based on class attendance, class participation, and two or more problem memos. Students may satisfy the writing requirement by developing a problem memo into a paper. No exam will be given in the course.