Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Ethos and Ethics of a Disciplinary Defense Lawyer
On his blog Kafkaesq, David Cameron Carr, who defends lawyers in disciplinary matters, states that following the formal ethical rules is not enough for a lawyer. The lawyer must also have an ethos. For his professional work, he states that the ethos is not getting bad lawyers off, but rather:
- Insuring that the process is fair.
- Making sure the Respondent’s voice is heard.
- Achieving a result that is just.
- Helping the client to rehabilitate themselves from their misconduct, if they have committed it.
- Educating the profession and public about attorney misconduct and legal ethics.
- Working to change misguided law.