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Lawyer Ethics

Lawyer Ethics Issues

Within the legal profession, it is not unusual for lawyers to run across a host of ethical challenges. They may face constant pressure to increase their billable hours, or their desperation to win a case may lead them to withhold evidence that must be disclosed to opposing counsel. They may be encouraged to do anything they can to win a case, regardless of ethical implications. As a result, lawyers need to be especially vigilant with the rules of professional responsibility to avoid ethics rules violations.

Every state bar association maintains its own rules of professional responsibility for lawyers. It is up to the law firms themselves to make sure that their attorneys adhere to these rules. In a sense, their duty to these rules sits above any and all other responsibilities. Essentially, legal ethics rules demand that lawyers refrain from criminal behavior, handle all payments legally, communicate effectively with their clients, and avoid defrauding anyone.

How to Report Judicial Misconduct

Report Judicial MisconductIf you read the daily paper, you probably see some pretty funny jokes or comics being drawn up about judges, but judicial misconduct is nothing to laugh about – especially if it endangers someone else.  Once in a blue moon you may find that a judge can be swayed one way or another and since this is crossing a line and essentially taking advantage of his or her powers, it warrants the need to be reprimanded.  If you are in a situation like this, you might not be sure what to do and prior to 1980 there really was nothing you could do – this was the year that Congress created a Judicial Misconduct reporting procedure.  In essence, anyone is allowed to file a report against a judge and report the behavior.  However, you will still need evidence that the judge gas crossed the line.  Below, we will be going over reasons why someone could or would want to report a judge, as well as where and how to make the report and a few more tidbits of information regarding Judicial Misconduct.

Attorney Misconduct in the News

Attorney Misconduct in the NewsAttorney Misconduct is an actual thing – and a large problem in the United States.  This type of a misconduct deals with a higher authority figure, like a lawyer, doing seedy things like accepting bribes, coercing testimonies, even offering sexual advances to help someone with a case or win a case.  It’s a sad world that we live in, when we have to deal with something as bad as Attorney Misconduct because a lawyer is essentially someone we are supposed to trust; someone that is supposed to look out for us and help us in a situation that we may be in.  If you’ve ever wondered about what Attorney Misconduct means exactly or you wanted some real life news stories, this is the article for you!  Below, we will be discussing news stories from the past few months that have been going on that revolve around misconduct and attorneys.

What is Legal Misconduct?

Attorney MisconductLegal misconduct, also known as Attorney Misconduct relates to an attorney – who is licensed, that breaks certain laws or that break conduct roles.  Every single country has its own set of standards, so therefore every situation is going to be different overall, but what we’re going to be talking about in this article, relates to lawyers in the United States.  Beyond just criminal or civil punishment, if the attorney does something really bad, they can actually have a severe punishment that could get their license taken away, disbarment, or even jail time.