INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: HEROES AND VILLAINS

The section of Professional Responsibility taught by Professor Cunningham differs both from other sections of the course at GSU (and generally from conventional approaches to teaching this subject) in a number of ways. The course design has been developed by Professor Cunningham over the past 25 years through his experience at four different law schools in not only teaching the required upper level legal ethics course but also directing both civil and criminal clinics and teaching practical skills courses. In the last five years the course design has also been influenced by lessons learned from the workshops of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP), which is hosted by GSU and supported by the W. Lee Burge Chair in Law & Ethics, held by Professor Cunningham.

Among the distinctive features of this course are the following:


The reading assigned for Class One entitled Developing Professional Judgment provides a brief overview of the research on educational theory and moral psychology that has helped to guide the design of this course.