Monday, May 16, 2011
Early in my practice career, I did a fair amount of white collar criminal work, usually involving contracts with the U.S. government. Later I spent a good deal of time doing internal investigations on behalf of clients who had stumbled over some in-house wrongdoing, to help determine what steps ought to be taken. I had the good luck to be mentored by (and later be a partner of) one of the most ethically upright and honest lawyers I've ever known. And I've always remembered his advice. "At the end of the day," he said, "if somebody is going to have to go to jail, make sure it's your client . . . not you." He was firmly of the opinion that the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex (aka "Club Fed") was despite the name a much better place to visit than to live.
Now Mike Ross (left), another one of my former colleagues at my old firm -- who went on to a very successful career as an in-house counsel and then a lecturer at UVA and Berkeley -- has taken up the thread with a new book, Ethics and Integrity in Law and Business, out soon from Lexis/Nexis. It's a Professional Responsibility book that seems to be specially aimed at the perils transactioinal and other business lawyers face. I don't have a link yet, but I'm told you can get a review copyon its release in August through your friendly neighborhood Lexis/Nexis rep.