Lawyers on Trial: Understanding Ethical Misconduct by California Attorneys

Hardcover | December 31, 2010

byRichard L. Abel

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People need lawyers for many things, including tax and immigration advice, drafting contracts, preparing wills, buying and selling houses, forming and dissolving companies, and representation and advice during divorce, probate, personal injury and criminal charges. But many people do not trustlawyers. With good reason, they fear that lawyers will neglect or overcharge them, betray them out of self-interest or on behalf of others, or obstruct the pursuit of justice out of overzealousness. Although the legal profession drafts ethical rules, law schools teach those rules, the bar examtests lawyers' knowledge, and disciplinary bodies enforce them, we know that violations by lawyers are all too common. Lawyers on Trial: Understanding Ethical Misconduct by California Attorneys, by Richard L. Abel, presents six dramatic accounts of California lawyers who betrayed their clients and the legal system. Through the detailed records of the disciplinary proceedings, it examines some of the most commoncomplaints about lawyers: chasing ambulances, charging excessive fees, violating conflict of interest rules, and displaying excessive zeal. These complex and compelling dramas serve to make the ethical rules, and the temptations they seek to curb, come vividly alive for law students, lawyers, thosethinking of becoming lawyers, anyone who has been or might some day be a client, and the general public. The lessons to be drawn from these situations can help the legal profession and the public devise better strategies for ensuring that lawyers abide by the rules.

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People need lawyers for many things, including tax and immigration advice, drafting contracts, preparing wills, buying and selling houses, forming and dissolving companies, and representation and advice during divorce, probate, personal injury and criminal charges. But many people do not trustlawyers. With good reason, they fear that ...

Richard L. Abel is Michael J. Connell Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA School of Law, where he helped found the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Before joining UCLA's law faculty in 1974, he taught at Yale Law School and served as a lawyer with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association; he also has taught as a visiting profe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Politics of Self-Regulation2. Cops Chasing Ambulances3. MICRA: Unconstitutional until Proven Otherwise4. Playing Games with Sega5. Reaching for the Brass Ring6. Serving Two Masters7. Championing the "Defenseless" and "Oppressed"8. Making Regulation WorkTablesReferencesIndex