COURSEWORK detail (which may change year to year)
Summer Externship: Stein Scholars enroll in a Stein section of this course as a requirement their 1L summer.
Stein Scholar Summer Externship Seminar - 1 credit. Stein Scholars with fieldwork placements located in NYC or the NYC metropolitan area may apply to register for this course [Section options might include Civil and Criminal, or "Out of Town" for those who are outside NYC metro area]. See the Externship Program web page for the Course Registration Application & process. Class meetings. See the Externship Program web page for additional Policies and Procedures. 2 additional concurrent Pass/Fail Credits for your Fieldwork for which a minimum of 160 hours of Fieldwork is required.
Professional Responsibility Practicum: Public Interest. 3 credits PROF TAMAYO - This course is designed to teach law students the standards of professional conduct and the exercise of ethical judgment through the practical application of selected statutes, rules and standards of ethics and professionalism to the practice of law. Students in the course will conduct outreach to legal services offices and other not-for-profit law offices in New York City and will work collaboratively to produce specialized continuing legal education ("CLE") ethics trainings for these offices. Students will author a memorandum and present the training at a legal services office under the professor's supervision. The goal is to assist legal services providers in addressing issues of ethics and professionalism which are specific to their practices through trainings based on real life scenarios. The course will offer law students the opportunity to meet with legal services providers, discuss cutting edge issues in various substantive legal disciplines, research the interplay among those issues and the legal ethics landscape, draft hypothetical case studies and accompanying questions, prepare teaching materials, and participate in the presentation of a CLE training at the legal services office. This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.
Professional Responsibility: Ethics in Criminal Advocacy. 3 credits PROF GREEN - This course focuses on the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. Topics include the allocation of decision-making authority, the duty of confidentiality and its limits, conflicts of interests, and ethical responsibilities in the investigation and trial of criminal cases. While focusing on the codified standards of professional responsibility, the course will also explore the relationship between the Constitution and ethical rules as well as how problems left unresolved by those rules ought to be addressed. A paper will be required. Enrollment is limited. Notes/Miscellaneous: This course can be used to satisfy the Professional Responsibility Requirement and the Writing Requirement.
Professional Responsibility: Ethics in Public Interest Law. 3 credits PROF PEARCE -This course will examine the ethical responsibilities of public service lawyers, as well as related jurisprudential issues. It will cover the topics discussed in the general course on Professional Responsibility but will deal with most of these topics in the context of civil public service practice. It will also cover the issues relating to public service practice in greater depth. These issues will include: How is justice a factor in a lawyer's work? What are the special obligations of an attorney representing a person with mental health disabilities or a child? Do government attorneys have a duty to the public that limits the zealousness of their representation or modifies their duty of confidentiality? Who is the client for a lawyer representing a class or a group? This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement.
Students worked with Joan Vermeulen of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Dean Nitza Escalera, and Dean John Feerick to assess the need for legal services to support community development corporations and other entities engaged in community economic development in the Bronx. The students' assessment was based on economic and demographic information about the Bronx, relevant literature, and 22 in-person interviews that included legal service providers, officers of community development corporations, and elected officials.
International Public Interest Lawyering
Students participated in a three-day conference, "Partnerships Across Borders: A Global Forum on Access to Justice," held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on April 6-8, 2000. The international conference participants shared information about their experiences as lawyers who work to improve poor communities' access to justice. The students assisted the moderators of two roundtable discussions, gathered information from participating lawyers, and prepared a paper focusing on issues involved in legal services funding and private bar involvement in public interest legal practice.
Students examined how Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. "A", through its innovative work with a community organization called the North Brooklyn Welfare Education and Community Advocacy Network ("WE CAN"), works to expand the availability of assistance to welfare applicants and beneficiaries and to promote the improvement of welfare law and processes within the confines of newly enacted federal restrictions on the work of Legal Services-funding recipients.
Working in conjunction with Martha Davis of NOW Legal Defense Fund, students explored the benefits and advantages of undertaking impact litigation under the Supreme Court's recently expanded interpretation of the privileges and immunities clause in Saenz v. Roe, 119 S. Ct. 1518 (1999).
Students worked with Professor Ann Moynihan, a member of the extended Stein faculty, to gather information and analyze questions relating to the work of New York lawyers who are appointed under the "18-B" system to represent parents in child welfare cases. Based on interviews with lawyers and judges and a review of relevant statutes, cases, and secondary literature, their paper concluded that unduly low compensation and other defects in the existing process result in inadequate representation of parents, to the ultimate detriment of the children whom the child welfare system is meant to protect.
In conjunction with the New York Attorney General's Office, students examined how government lawyers resolve conflicts of interest, such as those that arise when different government agencies are opposed in a lawsuit or assert different legal positions in different lawsuits.
Students worked with the law school's Crowley Program on International Human Rights to lay the groundwork for a joint Crowley-Stein Center conference to be held in the Spring of 2001. The conference would be designed for lawyers who represent multinational corporations. It would examine how international human rights standards affect these corporations and how the corporations may exert pressure on their host countries to adhere to human rights norms.