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Professional Responsibility (LAWS 2001)

Course Info

This course deals with questions underlying the responsibilities of the lawyer, as a professional, to self, society, client, and the profession. Premises concerning the lawyer's role or roles within the context of the adversary system are examined in some detail, as is the idea of professionalism. The Model Code of Professional Responsibility and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct are analyzed as generalized statements of the aspirations and obligations of lawyers, and as applied to concrete problems.

Instructor [Section 310]

Prof. Liam Dunn

Prof. Liam Dunn is the Director of Academic Support and Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills. He teaches professional responsibility, legal analysis & problem solving, and entering the profession. Prof. Dunn's scholarship focuses on legal ethics and Title IX in the university setting.

Instructor [Section - 320]

Prof. David Kutik

Prof. David Kutik is a practicing attorney and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.

Mr. Kutik is vice president of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and chairs its Pro Bono Committee. He participates in Legal Aid’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinics, taking on family law matters at Saturday morning sessions in neighborhoods throughout the organization’s service area. He also chairs the Ohio State Bar Association Pro Bono Task Force, which has established judicially led committees to develop, recruit and recognize lawyers for pro bono programs in each appellate district in Ohio.

Mr. Kutik has served on or chaired numerous Cleveland Bar Association committees, including the Certified Grievance Committee, the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Task Force on Multi-jurisdictional Practice, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates and is a life member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio.

Apart from his legal community affiliations, Mr. Kutik sits on the Board of Directors of the Center for Families and Children. He is a past president and life member of the Board of Directors of The MetroHealth Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Kutik received the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s 2005 Presidential Award for "outstanding leadership regarding pro bono services." In 2007, Case Western Reserve University School of Law conferred on him the Centennial Medal, which is the school’s highest award for its alumni.

Instructor [Section - 330]

Prof. Cassandra Robertson

Prof. Cassandra Burke Robertson is John Deaver Drinko - BakerHostetler Professor of Law and Director of the School of Law Center for Professional Ethics, who regularly teaches Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Secured Transactions. This semester, she teaches the Barristers (320) section of Civil Procedure.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.

Textbook [Section 310 - Dunn]

Textbooks [Section 320 - Kutik]

Section 330

** No Text Required **

Textbook [Section 330 - Robertson]

** No Text Required **

Study Aids

These study aids are available online.  Please click the hyperlinked title to view them. For instructions on how to use the specific platforms, including troubleshooting, please view Andy Dorchak's Study Aids Research Guide.


Computer-Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) requires an authorization code to use. If you do not have a CALI account, please contact Kieran Layton or the reference desk for assistance.

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Professional Responsibility lessons


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Quimbee Legal Ethics materials

Audio Guides

 Course Guides