This discussion group will consider why a lawyer might devote herself or himself to representing people accused of crime. We will explore a range of possible answers, from guaranteeing procedural fairness to appreciating the factual indeterminacy inherent in our world to fighting racial or class-based injustice. Course materials will likely include fiction (such as Atonement by Ian McEwan); nonfiction essays; as well as a couple of recent films (Bernie and The House I Live In). Lisa Douglass, lecturer and staff attorney in the Stanford Community Law Clinic, will help lead the discussions.nClass meeting dates: To be determined by instructor.nDiscussions in Ethical and Professional Values Courses Ranking Form: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Ranking Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students). See Ranking Form for instructions and submission deadline.