Conduct and Settlement

Written and produced by:
Marilyn J. Berger
Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law

Video Narrated by:
Deborah L. Rhode
Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School

  • The video (50 minutes) consists of two main segments:
    • Attorney Conduct
      • Attorney Competency and Representation
      • Attorney/Client Relationship
      • Civility
    • Settlement Negotiations
  • Focuses on professional responsibility issues.
  • Brief sections complement the regular class lecture.
  • Differing perspectives from the Woburn families, trial court judge, author of A Civil Action, the jury, the witnesses, and the plaintiff and defense attorneys, reveal the adversarial nature of the U.S. legal system and facilitates class discussion.
  • Issues include:
    • When is a lawyer competent to take a case? What level of trial skill, knowledge of the subject, and adequacy of attorney finances is necessary?
  • Course book is free with purchase of the tape:
    • Thirteen problems enhance classroom discussion.
    • Brief exercises allow for role-playing, writing and researching.
  • Praise for the first video: Lessons from Woburn: The Untold Stories
  • Lessons from Woburn: Conduct and Settlement is a perfect complement to A Documentary Companion to a Civil Action.

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