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1992

Washington University in St. Louis

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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Doing The Right Thing, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Jan 1992

Doing The Right Thing, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr.

Washington University Law Review

At one level, it is easy to describe the ethical standards observed by many lawyers. Quite bluntly, they are terrible. On the other hand, the ethical standards observed by many lawyers are excellent, particularly considering the very difficult and delicate ethical problems with which they must deal. The problem of "bad actors" in the profession is, in my opinion, primarily the weakness of institutions' ability to secure compliance with the profession's official standards. For example, the disciplinary machinery in many jurisdictions has simply been overwhelmed with grievances that cannot be adequately investigated.

However, the focus of the present analysis ...