Lawyers in the Dock by Richard L. Abel

Lawyers in the Dock

byRichard L. Abel

Paperback | April 22, 2011

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For more than a decade, American lawyers have bewailed the ethical crisis in their profession, wringing their hands about its bad image. But their response has been limited to spending money on public relations, mandating education, and endlessly revising ethical rules. In Lawyers in the Dock,Richard L. Abel argues that these measures will do little or nothing to solve the problems illustrated by the six disciplinary case studies featured in this book unless the legal monopoly enjoyed by attorneys in the U.S. is drastically contracted. Richard Abel examines some of the most common ethical complaints made about lawyers in Lawyers in the Dock. Using detailed records of disciplinary proceedings, he describes the actions surrounding certain cases based on three of the most common complaints: neglecting the client by failing to pursuecases diligently; overcharging of clients by mystifying billing practices; and betraying adversaries and courts out of excessive loyalty to clients or causes. Richard Abel argues that these measures will do little or nothing to solve the problems exposed by his six disciplinary case studies unlessstructural changes are made to the legal monopoly in order to restore the public trust in lawyers. Lawyers in the Dock is essential reading for lawyers, law students, and potential clients who wish to restore trust and professional responsibility in the legal profession.

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Richard L. Abel is a Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School, where he helps operate the UCLA Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Before he taught at UCLA, he was a professor at Yale Law School, from 1969-1974, during which he was a lawyer with New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Professor Abel graduated from Columbia Law S...

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Title:Lawyers in the DockFormat:PaperbackDimensions:584 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:April 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199772878

ISBN - 13:9780199772872

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Trust and BetrayalPart One: Neglect2. Juggling Too Many Balls3. Practicing Immigration Law in Filene's Basement4. The OverachieverPart Two: Fees5. Bleak House in America6. The Perils of PerfectionismPart Three: Excessive Zeal7. The Purloined Papers8. Restoring TrustNotesReferencesIndex