Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Whither Self Regulation?

Carolyn Elefant's comment on a recent post linked to a document that suggests that attorney discipline in New York is doing more to protect predatory lawyers than the public. It is worth a read as it proposes some thoughtful reforms. It also suggests that concerns about self-regulation of the legal profession are not limited to a few rogue jurisdictions but are a widespread problem that needs to be addressed in a meaningful manner. If we do not keep our own ethical houses in order, eventually the privilege of self regulation will be taken away. Lawyers will not enjoy outside regulation and may wish we had operated disciplinary systems in the public interest rather than the "parochial or self-interested concerns of the bar." (Mike Frisch)


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