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The Legal Profession's Rule Against Vouching For Clients: Advocacy And The Manner That Is The Man Himself, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 1993

The Legal Profession's Rule Against Vouching For Clients: Advocacy And The Manner That Is The Man Himself, Thomas L. Shaffer

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Modem American lawyers impose on one another regulatory rules that speak to the old argument but have not resolved it. One of these requires lawyers to advocate the interests of their clients with zeal; another forbids them from arguing that they believe what they say, or in the merit of what they are asking the government to do. The latter of these is a rule against vouching for clients. Rules that require zeal and forbid vouching seek to prevent both advertent deceit and an "unprofessional" limitation of advocacy to causes lawyers believe in. My claim is that these rules are ...