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Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, Sixth Edition

  • Lisa G. Lerman
  • Philip G. Schrag
  • Robert Rubinson
Series / Aspen Casebook Series
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This problem-based book reflects the authors’ broad range of teaching, clinical, and policy-making experience. The book’s carefully crafted ethical problems challenge students to engage in a deep analysis and participate in lively class discussion.

Features include:

  • Real-world problems, most based on actual cases, in which students are asked to step into the shoes of practicing lawyers to confront difficult ethical dilemmas that often arise in practice.
  • The law governing lawyers explained in an accessible question-and-answer format.
  • A succinct explanation of relevant Model Rules and other law governing lawyers, including examples from disciplinary and malpractice cases.
  • An opportunity for students, through specific examples, to reflect on their own conception of their professional roles on behalf of clients and their obligations to the legal system as a whole.
  • Lively presentation of materials, including cartoons, tables, and photos.
  • Clear and concise presentation through text and charts that summarize relevant law.


Unsolicited comments from adopters of Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law:


  • Professor Cynthia Batt, Stetson University College of Law, wrote that this book “has the BEST teacher’s manual of any text ever.”
  • Professor Jamie P. Werbel, Seton Hall University School of Law wrote: I wanted to drop you a line and let you know how fabulous your textbook is! I just started teaching Professional Responsibility this year, and your book has been invaluable to me as I guide my students through the course. My husband, also an attorney, made fun of me last semester as a few times I was reading it at night in bed! It really is just that enjoyable to read.


New to the 6th Edition:

  • A comprehensive revision of the entire text, adding material to continue to provide students with a wealth of opportunities to grapple with ethical issues.
  • Inclusion of recent developments in the field, including:
    • Discussion of the amendments to Model Rule 1.8 regarding gifts to clients:
    • The new ABA ethics opinion on what constitutes material adversity under Rule 1.9;
    • Developments in some states on permitting non-lawyers to provide some legal services;
    • Changes in some states’ rules on non-lawyer ownership of firms;
    • Expanded coverage of ethical issues arising from use of the Internet and social media, such as an ABA opinion on how lawyers may respond to online critiques of their services.
  • Material on recent events that have raised important issues of professional responsibility, especially discipline and sanctions for lawyers who made unfounded claims about the 2020 presidential election.
  • Updated empirical information about the practice of law, including the continuing concerns about diversity within the profession.


Benefits for Students:

  • Problem-based approach, often based on real-life cases, offers students a practical way to test their understanding
  • Graphics (cartoons, tables, photos) throughout, which make the presentation lively and engaging
  • Shocking examples of recent lawyer misconduct maintain student interest
  • A readable and enjoyable law school textbook


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