Lawyers in the Dock
Learning from Attorney Disciplinary Procedings
By (author) Richard L. Abel
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Lawyers in the Dock by Richard L. Abel
Book DescriptionFor 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 this book, Richard Abel will argue 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 pursue cases diligently; overcharging of clients by mystifying billing practices; and betraying adversaries and courts out of excessive loyalty to clients or causes. In this book, Richard Abel will argue that these measures will do little or nothing to solve the problems exposed by his six disciplinary case studies unless structural 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195374230
(242mm x 164mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard L. Abel
English Lawyers Between Market and State, Paperback (May 2004)
Reform of the English legal profession, initiated by a Conservative Lord Chancellor during the 1990s and extended by his Labour successor, transformed traditions, over the vigorous objections of the judiciary, Bar, and Law Society. This title mines that tumultuous period for insights into the prospects of professionalism in the 21st century.
Law and Society Reader, Paperback (May 1995)» View all books by Richard L. Abel
Examining issues such as the limits of legal change and the capacity of law to act as a revolutionary agent, this book offers an introduction to the relationship between law and society.
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Author Biography - Richard L. Abel
Richard 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 School in 1965, after which he practiced law in the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law in Jackson, Mississippi. He was also a Marshall Scholar and Foreign Area Fellow in London and Nairobi, attaining his Ph.D in African customary law. Sandra Day O'Connor is the Chancellor of the College of William and Mary and a former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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