On Feb. 12, 2005, twenty months after ethicalEsq first stuck his nose into the blogisphere,
we finally have another weblog devoted to legal ethics — this time, with professors. So, the
and Berkeley (Boalt Hall) law lecturer, John J. Steele, who is also a practicing lawyer (and
Sgt. Steele, original here
With ethicalEsq and Prof. Yabut back on emeritus/retired status, we’re pleased at the
thought of three active, healthy ethics professionals sharing information and ideas
regularly on the Web. Here’s my unsolicited advice for the LEFers:
“tinyredcheck” Please don’t forget the ethical issues that are important to the “average”
consumer of legal services (e.g., affordable fees; full information on rights
and options; access to justice, Self-Help and pro se advances; adequate
disciplinary systems). You can always click on our ethics resources page
for ideas (joining our “value billing” debate would be nice), or check our
daily potluck blurbs.
Don’t merely call for a discussion of legal ethics and the legal profession —
take positions, show some attitude. Come on, you’re professors, at least
play devil’s advocate or issue-spotter! [update: see Steele on Stewart for
Interact with the rest of the weblawg world. If nothing else, regularly
check out Lisa’s roundup at Legal Blog Watch, and pick out a few other weblogs.
Join the discussion — by responding at LEF and/or leaving Comments at other
weblogs. For example, in the past few weeks, we all would have appreciated
your input on:
- the definition of the “practice of law” and ULP, as raised recently by HALT
- the appropriateness of Pape & Chandler’s PIT BULL logo.
fiduciaries and their duty to disclose options.
- the broader definition of pro bono services proposed by an NYSBA
- the reasonableness of contingency fees in light of the lawyer’s fiduciary
- the adequacy of indigent defense systems [Gideon report]– and the
comparison of public defender and assigned counsel systems (see C&F).
- how (much) to pay assigned counsel and whether they should engage in
“strikes” that are really unlawful joint boycotts.
Welcome again to Legal Ethics Forum. I hope you’ll help make the concept of “ethical
lawyering” much more than a question of following least-common-denominator rules — and
help define what it truly means to always put the client’s interests first.
in the harvest moonlight
sake is flowing
waterfall and moon
if only she were here
for me to nag…
February 26, 2005
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