The Problems of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense
Peter A. Joy
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law
Kevin C. McMunigal
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
ABA Criminal Justice, Summer 2011
Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-05-13
This column questions the practices of labeling attorney copying, even without acknowledgement, as plagiarism, and treating it as a per se ethics violation. Instead, the column argues that analysis of copying in the litigation context should focus directly on the quality of the filing at issue and the competence and diligence of the lawyer who prepared it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: plagiarism, legal filings, litigation, effective assistance of counsel, legal ethicsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 28, 2012
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