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Berch course combines students, practitioners

January 08, 2010

Michael Berch, Alan A. Matheson Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, is conducting an innovative intersession course titled, "Professor Michael Berch calls you back to class."

The course, which includes law students and practicing professionals, gives students academic credit while professionals earn Continuing Legal Education credits.

The course meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. eight days, from Jan. 4-14, and includes the following topics:

Monday, Jan. 4 - Introduction to legal ethics: the attorney-client relationship, Focus: lawyer competence

Tuesday, Jan. 5 - Attorney-client relationship (continued), organizational clients, other attributes of the relationship, legal protection of the relationship, fees

Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Conflicts of interest

Thursday, Jan. 7 - Conflicts of interest (cont.)

Friday, Jan. 8 - Advocacy ethics

Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Other special rules: transactional lawyers, lawyers for the organization, virtual clients

Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Quality assurances: admission to the Bar, discipline, liability

Thursday, Jan. 14 - Advertising and solicitation, review

Berch is a Professor at the College and an Honors Disciplinary Faculty member of Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. Since 1969, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Law and the Regulatory State and Professional Responsibility. He has coached many of ASU's winning Moot Court teams and has written extensively.

Judy Nichols,
(480) 727-7895
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law