Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More legal jerks in the news - this time from Texas

After blogging a few days ago about a California court that suspended a lawyer for three years because, according to that court, he was a "jerk," comes this story from today's online ABA Journal called "A Judge's Advice to New Lawyers:  Don't be a Jerk."

It's about a Texas judge who is sharing a letter he wrote to his children offering the following advice about entering the practice of law:

  • Don't be a jerk
  • Be proud to be a lawyer
  • Don't tell lawyer jokes
  • Always tell the client the truth.
  • Communicate with the client
  • If the client lies to help make his case, fire him
  • Always tell the court the truth
  • Always be open to learning from others and be willing to learn from your own mistakes
  • Obey the "Golden Rule"
  • Have fun

You can read the rest of the judge's advice to new lawyers here via Law.com

Hat tip to the ABA Journal.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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"If the client lies to help make his case, fire him."

Can you fire opposing counsel or prosecutors who lie? What about lying judges, corrections/probation officers, court personnel, jailers?

Posted by: Joseph Bazan | Dec 23, 2009 11:29:28 AM

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