Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Casebook on Legal Malpractice Law

Posted by Alan Childress

The teaching of an advanced class in legal ethics and responsibility, or a specialized course on lawyer liability as such, just got a boost from this new publication: Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention.

It is by Susan Fortney (Texas Tech) and Vincent Johnson (St. Mary's).

Tulane used to teach a specific course in the subject (taught by Manuel Ramos) and it was well received by the students.

From the West website:

Description: Legal Malpractice Law is a practical, problem-oriented text designed for use in elective courses on Legal Malpractice, Professional Liability, Advanced Legal Ethics, or Advanced Torts, or in required Professional Responsibility classes that want to focus more on malpractice than on discipline. Each chapter includes explanatory text that relies on recent cases, code provisions, statutes, and commentary. A small number of tightly edited principal cases offer insight into the current state of legal malpractice law. The problems, including many that are based on actual controversies, deal with liability concerns that practitioners encounter. The book integrates malpractice prevention lessons. Relevant ethics rules are discussed. A comprehensive teacher’s manual is available.

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