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Lawyers in the Dock: Learning from Attorney Disciplinary Procedings

Richard L. Abel


Our legal system is built on the trustworthiness of lawyers: clients must trust their fidelity, adversaries their undertakings, and courts the veracity of their legal and factual claims. Lawyers who betray trust undermine these foundations. Although legal scholars focus on refining the ethical rules, we know very little about the nature and reasons for their violation. The files of disciplinary proceedings are an underutilized resource for understanding lawyer deviance. This book mines the reports of New York disciplinary proceedings to illuminate the three most common and troubling categories ... More

Keywords: trust, legal ethics, lawyer deviance, neglect, overcharging, excessive zeal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374230
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374230.001.0001


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Richard L. Abel, author
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