Legal Ethics

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Submitted: May 30, 2016

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Legal Ethics, also known as  Professional Responsibility, involves the ethical regulation of lawyers, typically by the law bar ethics counsel, and a subcommitte or trial panel.The two most important areas of  rule ethics regulation involves  confidentiality and conflicts of interest. 

Lawyer conrfidentiality involves the rule that conversation or even written communications between lawyer and client are generally not discoverable in litigation nor admissable in court.  The policy behind legal ethics confidentiality rules is that the converstations between lawyer and client are to be kept a secret so as to encourage the client to be fully open and honest so that the lawyer may better represent the client.There are some exceptions to lawyer client confidentiality.  The most important exception is that the lawyer is not required to keep secret a client's desire to commit a future crime, especially if that crime involves the assistance of the lawyer.

Lawyer conflict of interest involves the lawyer's duty  not to represent a client when there is some conflict of interest for the lawyer.For example,  a lawyer is generally not allowed to represent two clients who are on opposite sides of a litigated case.Also, a lawyer is not supposed to represent a client against a former client.

The above examples are just two areas subject to lawyer ethical regulation.The complete list of ethical rules which are found in most states are the  American Bar Association (ABA) Rules of Professional Conduct.I would tell you that you can download these rules from the internet, but as of my last research project in the area, the  ABA model rules are only available for a price by ABA member laweyers.


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