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Spring 2021

Course Description
This seminar will examine public interest law ethics and leadership in civil rights and poverty law, government service (prosecutors and public defenders), and law firm pro bono work in both litigation and transactional contexts.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   W  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class participation and final exam or research paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Professional Responsibility
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions: Writing credit if student previously fulfilled Professional Responsibility requirement.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Examples & Explanations for Professional Responsibility
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: W. Bradley Wendel
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 6th Edition
    ISBN: 9781543805789
  • Textbook Name: Legal Ethics
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Rhode, Luban, Cummings & Engstrom
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 8th Edition
    ISBN: 9781642426892
  • Textbook Name: Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules and Statutes
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: John S. Dzienkowski
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2020-2021 Edition
    ISBN: 9781684679553
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read RLCE, 1-49, 985-1045 and draft a one-page Pro Bono Leadership & Public Interest Law Mem. describing your experience or interest in pro bono leadership and public interest law. Please email your Pro Bono Leadership & Public Interest Law Mem. to Mrs. Carter ( by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Mem. Format: standard one-inch margins, single space lines, and 12-point Times New Roman fonts. Note: password, date, and title should appear in the upper right hand corner of the page header.

    Required: Rhode, Luban, Cummings, & Engstrom, Legal Ethics (8th ed. 2020) [RLCE]
    John S. Dzienkowski, Professional Responsibility: Standards, Rules, & Statutes (2020-2021)

    Recommended: W. Bradley Wendel, Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations (6th ed. 2020)

    Additional Information:
    Pro Bono password: You will need to create a password (one word - ex. Japan, Fluffy etc. ) that will be used when you hand in your assignments throughout the semester. Please submit your password to Mrs. Carter ( and not Professor Alfieri via email by Monday, January 25th. Please remember your password and use the same word (to be placed at the top right-hand corner) for each of your assignments throughout the semester (or we will have no way of identifying your work and no credit will be given).



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2735
Office: G281