This assessment is designed to develop your creativity, challenge your personal moral beliefs and ability to locate and critique primary and secondary materials in relation to an ethical dilemma of your own creation. Students are asked to prepare a visual scenario on an ethical issue related to legal work that you personally find morally repugnant. Your visual scenario can be presented as a
comic strip; or
storyboard for a scene in a film; or
film of no more than 3 minutes duration.
Together with your visual scenario you are asked to prepare a 1000 word written summary of the legal and ethical issues involved.
Examples of legal work you may find repugnant may include, but are in no way limited to:
· Formation of a corporation that promotes paedophilia.
· Evicting a tenant, who is in hospital, unable to work and pay the rent.
· Creating a will that leaves all the assets to the old dog’s home rather than to impoverished close relatives who have cared for the client for a long period.
· Defending a person whom you believe, although not certain is guilty of manslaughter or murder.
· Conducting a civil litigation for a mining corporation against an environmental organisation trying to save the Great Barrier Reef.
· Defending a client who was forced out of necessity and to avoid starvation, killed and ate a fellow survivor of an accident at sea.
· Defending a potential serial killer, who in interview with you disclosed the location of other victims.
· A mortgagee exercising power of sale over a charities homeless shelter.[1000 words maximum] – 10%
· Why you find the instructions repugnant?
· How you will deal with the client in meeting the terms of your retainer?
· Critique the relevant professional rules (or lack thereof), case law and secondary literature concerning the ethical issue in your script.
The assessment will be judged according to the requirements of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld), the Legal Profession Regulation 2007 (Qld), the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2012, case law and relevant literature (including a brief comparison with a USA jurisdiction) according the following rubric.