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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Professional Responsibility 101

As attorneys, we often come into contact with people we find despicable. In fact, sometimes, we may even be required to defend such people. The Model Rules for Professional Responsibility state this on the issue:

Public Service
Rule 6.2 Accepting Appointments
A lawyer shall not seek to avoid appointment by a tribunal to represent a person except for good cause, such as:

(a) representing the client is likely to result in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law;

(b) representing the client is likely to result in an unreasonable financial burden on the lawyer; or

(c) the client or the cause is so repugnant to the lawyer as to be likely to impair the client-lawyer relationship or the lawyer's ability to represent the client.


Consider the following.





I think there is an ABA Committee working on a codicil to this rule right now--possibly to allow such a response.

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