Lawyers Crossing Lines

2nd Edition

Ten Stories

Michael L. Seigel, James L. Kelley
eISBN-13: 9781531003647

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Lawyers Crossing Lines is a collection of true stories about lawyers from all segments of the legal profession who transgressed ethical boundaries. Most of them ended up being sanctioned by their state Bar, sued for malpractice, prosecuted, or some combination of all three. All of the cases are rich in detail, many are bizarre, and in a few the attorney's conduct is so outrageous as to stretch the readers credulity. Each tale is followed by comments and questions designed to explore the issues in greater depth.

This diminutive but captivating volume is intended as a supplemental text for students in professional responsibility courses at American law schools. It can also be used as the foundation for an advanced seminar in ethics. It is based on the proposition that, although the rules of professional responsibility are, of course, of supreme importance, sometimes the study of them can be monotonous and dry. More important, studentsnone of whom have been in law practice and most of whom have never been out in the working worldoften find it hard to believe that the rules can be so easily and egregiously broken. These real world scenarios bring the ethical quandaries faced in everyday legal practice to life.

The stories come from all segments of the legal profession and make fascinating and memorable reading. No other book on the market takes this narrative approach, making this an important and unique contribution to the field.

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 9781594606847, 1594606846, 9781531003647, 1531003648
Publish Year 2010
Language English
Number of Pages 242
Edition 2nd