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Fall 2014
5297 Money and Morals in the Courtroom and Boardroom - GERGER/LEWIS- 25369

Professor(s): David Gerger (ADJUNCT)
Kevin Lewis (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  M  Location: 3  BLB

Course Outline: This class – taught by senior corporate law partner Kevin Lewis of Vinson & Elkins and white collar criminal lawyer David Gerger of Gerger & Clarke – explores the complexities in real legal issues you read about in the papers: Can you compete in Asia and Africa without bribing foreign officials when your foreign competition do pay bribes? What is “insider trading?” When it comes to executive pay, do CEOs live in Lake Wobegon where every executive is “above average”? What’s the difference between “defending against” a government investigation and “obstructing” it? Fracking – what happens when science and politics meet in the board room? What is the philosophy behind sentencing in “white collar” crimes? The course will investigate policy and moral implications that are considered – or ignored – by popular culture and often by the participants themselves. Reading materials and guest speakers will come from real cases and real situations, many of which were handled by the faculty.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 3/19/14

Course Notes:   Quota= 25
Class limited to 25 students. Many classes will feature guest speakers from industry or the courts. As a courtesy to them, no recording devices or laptops may be used during class. Students will be graded on class participation and a written final exercise.
This course will have: Class participation and a final paper.

Adjunct Professor David Gerger’s professional bio can be found here:

Adjunct Professor Kevin Lewis’s professional bio can be found here:

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Excerpt to be assigned from The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Final Exam Schedule: Paper      

This course will have:
Paper: Yes

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (4/1/2014 9:11:06 AM)

No book required for this course

Per professors - reading materials will be distributed in advance of each class.