Championing the “Defenseless” and “Oppressed,” Protecting “Widows and Children”

Richard L. Abel

in Lawyers on Trial

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199760374
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827077 | DOI:
Championing the “Defenseless” and “Oppressed,” Protecting “Widows and Children”

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Lawyers are strongly motivated toward zealous advocacy by the fees they earn, the recognition they receive, identification with clients and causes, antipathies to adversaries, opposing counsel, and judges, and simple delight in practicing their craft. For litigation to produce justice, however, lawyers must play by the rules. This chapter presents cases showing the many ways lawyers violate those rules, by facilitating or covering up criminal behavior, attacking judges, corrupting the judicial process, improperly influencing juries, making frivolous arguments or repeating rejected arguments, concealing or misrepresenting the facts or the law, disregarding procedures, persisting in representing an unwilling client, and refusing to accept defeat.

Keywords: lawyers; justice; litigation; advocacy; legal malpractice

Chapter.  31250 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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