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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Seattle University School of Law

Seattle University Law Review

2004

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Gambling With Ethics And Constitutional Rights: A Look At Issues Involved With Contingent Fee Arrangements In Criminal Defense Practice, Adam Silberlight Jan 2004

Gambling With Ethics And Constitutional Rights: A Look At Issues Involved With Contingent Fee Arrangements In Criminal Defense Practice, Adam Silberlight

Seattle University Law Review

This Article attempts to shed light on the use of a contingent fee arrangement in criminal defense, and offers differing views pertaining to this topic. First, this Article will generally describe what a contingent fee is. Second, the role and potential application of the contingent fee in both criminal and civil settings will be discussed. Third, problems associated with such an arrangement in criminal defense practice will be addressed, as will certain positive aspects of such an arrangement. Finally, this article will discuss how lawmakers could address this issue to ensure that contingency arrangements cannot be abused.


Rethinking Attorney Liens: Why Washington Attorneys Are Forced Into "Involuntary" Pro Bono, Zach Elsner Jan 2004

Rethinking Attorney Liens: Why Washington Attorneys Are Forced Into "Involuntary" Pro Bono, Zach Elsner

Seattle University Law Review

After a brief discussion of the history of the attorney lien in Part II, Part III discusses the basic rules governing the attorney lien in Washington. Part IV of this Comment discusses the various limitations on attorney liens and how those limitations have discouraged use or encouraged misuse of the statute. Part IV begins with a discussion of general professional responsibility concerns and continues with withdrawal and termination as they relate to attorney liens. Part IV concludes the Comment with a discussion of the inconsistencies of the retaining lien and a discussion of the various limitations on the charging liens.