Confidentiality and the Alton Logan case
Course outcome addressed in this Assignment:
PA253-2: Describe ethical rules governing client confidentiality and attorney client privilege.
GEL-7.5: Evaluate ethical rules applicable to the field of study.
PC-4.2: Demonstrate an understanding of how ones perspective toward multiculturalism and diversity impacts an organization.
For the Unit 3 written Assignment you will review and discuss the case of Alton Logan. Alton Logan was imprisoned for 26 years for a crime that he did not commit. After Mr. Logan was convicted Andrew Wilson confessed to committing this crime but his confession was made to the guilty mans two lawyers who refused to breach their duty of confidentiality. Before you begin your Assignment read the article associated with the Alton Logan case using the following link http://www.cbsnews.com/news/26-year-secret-kept-innocent-man-in-prison/. Be sure to scroll down past the ad for a subscription in order to read the article.
You will then research the relevant Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct related to confidentiality. After reading this article and researching the Rules please identify and apply the relevant rule that supports the position of the attorneys for Andrew Wilson. Discuss how the attorney client privilege might apply if Andrew Wilsons attorneys were asked to testify in court about what their client told them. Finally you will explain whether the attorneys could have used an exception to these rules if Alton Logan had been sentenced to death as opposed to life in prison.
Take some time at the end of your paper to discuss whether ABA Model Rule 1.6 can be consistently adhered to when considering diversity and multi-culturalism in a way in which the community is benefited.
Your paper should contain 2 full pages of content and will meet APA format requirements.
In this Assignment you will identify instances of effective and ineffective communication in terms of effective listening.
Review Wood Chapter 6 and the Prepare section.
Wood presents three Guidelines for Effectively Listening that summarize the concepts in Chapter 6:
Being mindful involves paying complete attention to what is happening in an interaction without imposing your own thoughts feelings or judgments.
Adapting listening appropriately requires knowing your purpose for listening the context and the needs and circumstances of the person to whom you are listening. Wood discusses three reasons for listening: for pleasure for information and to support others. The textbook details the attitudes and skills required for each (pp. 156160).
Listen actively means investing the effort needed to apply effective listening skills and to become an active partner in reaching mutual understanding.
Perform: Assignment (100 points) CM206-3: Analyze what constitutes effective interpersonal communication in diverse contexts.
In this Perform activity you will respond to 5 open-ended questions about a video scenario.
You will submit your completed work to your instructor via the Dropbox.
NOTE: When citing the textbook use APA style as follows:
Wood J. (2010). Interpersonal communication: Everyday encounters. Boston MA: Wadsworth.
View the video Alan OConnor Manager . Use the concepts in Unit 6 as you respond to the questions on effective listening strategies. You can also read a transcript of the video.
From the interaction does it seem to you that Alan is actively listening? Why or why not?
Describe how Alans opening thoughts on his job narrated in the video affect his approach to the performance reviews. Does Alans view of his job foster a negative or positive work atmosphere with his employees? Explain.
How might issues of diversity and multiculturalism impact Alans listening skills? How might this impact his organization?
Using the effective listening guidelines in the text make three suggestions that would allow Alan to fulfill his responsibility to provide employees with critical feedback about performance and to establish a supportive climate.
What suggestions would you give Alan about how to start interviews in ways that establish a supportive environment for interaction?
Preparing your Project
For this project you are answering the questions not writing a traditional paper. You can copy the questions listed above into a Word document and then add your answers.
Your answers should be composed in complete sentences and paragraphs and the entire project should be a total of 500 to 600 words or about 2 pages.
Use 1-inch margins on all sides of the document.
Use a 12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
If you cite references (such as the text) you need to provide the source information.
Your project should demonstrate careful proofreading.
Below is the transcript of the video
: Interpersonal Communication
transcript of the video.
Alan OConnor dreads this time of year. It is his job to conduct performance interviews with the people
who work directly under his supervision and he has always felt inadequate for this task. He tries to be
honest with his employees about what they need to improve but usually the employees seem to resent
his honesty instead of appreciating his efforts to help them. He also feels very awkward when employees
bring up personal issues and does not feel it is his place to deal with those. OConnor remembers an
interview from a few years ago that went badly. After greeting Gretchen Bennett he had focused on a
problem that was hindering her progress.
Alan: Uh Gretchen you work pace is too slow. Youve got to turn the work around
more quickly so that
you dont slow the rest of the team down.
Gretchen: I take the time it takes because I want to do it right. You know I could flip stuff out really fast if
thats what you want but its not going to be top quality.
Alan: Ah look. I dont want to lose you but youve got to work more quickly.
Gretchen: So youre threatening my job?
Bennett left the company two months later and OConnor felt par
He recalls another performance interview that also turned sour. In this one he had tried to start the
discussion less bluntly.
Alan: How do you feel about your work over the last six months since we last reviewed it?
I guess Im doing ok. Ah Im not sure what youre after here.
Alan: Well Id like to know your own appraisal before we talk about my perceptions of your work.
Male Employee: Like I said I guess Ive done pretty good work.
Alan: Youve missed a lot of days and youre often late getting in.
Male Employee: Well there have been some family issues. My son developed a serious medical condition
and we had to go through testing with several doctors and then some treatments. It took a lot of time.
Alan: Look I dont want to get into your famil
y issues. Can we just focus on the work
for now? Ok? I need
to know that youre not going to be absent much more from now on and that you can be here on time.
Male Employee: Not if my son needs help. I mean he comes first. Im sure you can understand that but
when Im here I do my best and sometimes I stay late if I had to
come in late.
This interview also ended tensely. OConnor is not sure what he is doing wrong. He is even less sure that
he can conduct interviews that are productive and motivating to
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