For more than a decade, American lawyers have bewailed the ethical crisis in their profession, wringing their hands about its bad image. But their response has been limited to spending money on public relations, mandating education, and endlessly revising ethical rules. In Lawyers in the Dock, Richard L. Abel argues that these measures will do little or nothing to solve the problems illustrated by the sixdisciplinary case studies featured in this book unless the legal monopoly enjoyed by attorneys in the U.S. is drastically contracted. Richard Abel examines some of the most common ethical complaints made about lawyers in Lawyers in the Dock. Using detailed records of disciplinary proceedings, he describes the actions surrounding certain cases based on three of the most common complaints: neglecting the client by failing to pursue cases diligently; overcharging of clients by mystifying billing practices; and betraying adversaries and courts out of excessive loyalty toclients or causes. Richard Abel argues that these measures will do little or nothing to solve the problems exposed by his six disciplinary case studies unless structural changes are made to the legal monopoly in order to restore the public trust in lawyers. Lawyers in the Dock is essential reading for lawyers, law students, and potential clients who wish torestore trust and professional responsibility in the legal profession.
Preface ; 1. Trust and Betrayal ; Part OneMany Balls ; 3. Practicing Immigration Law in Filene's Basement ; 4. The Overachiever ; Part Two: Fees ; 5. Bleak House in America ; 6. The Perils of Perfectionism ; Part Three: Excessive Zeal ; 7. The Purloined Papers ; 8. Restoring Trust ; Notes ; References ; Index