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2006

Ethics

University of South Carolina

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The Professionalization Of Law Firm In-House Counsel, Elizabeth Chambliss Jun 2006

The Professionalization Of Law Firm In-House Counsel, Elizabeth Chambliss

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This Article examines the structural evolution of the "firm counsel" position from a volunteer, part-time position filled by an existing partner to a specialized, often full-time position increasingly filled by career in-house counsel. Based on focus groups and interviews with firm counsel, as well as participant observation at meetings and conferences aimed at firm counsel, I examine how the professionalization of the firm counsel position affects: (1) the definition of the firm as the client; (2) the authority of firm counsel with partners; and (3) firm counsels' professional commitments and attitudes about ethical rules. I find that, from a regulatory ...